thanks, I don't want a tablet I am wanting to install a multi media unit. I may change my mind after further research, options exist.Contact no10chris, he's got an all in one Android unit fitted in his that looks like it came that way from the factory. I'm pretty sure he's posted a picture of it on here but don't seem able to find it.
the factory set up on my truck was removed and replaced long before I owned it, I think the current aftermarket radio in it has a manufacture date of march 2010. all steering controls work, but head unit is slowly loosing features and functionality. that being said it is a 20 yr old vehicle I think originality sailed out the door long ago.It seems a real shame to lose the original radio functionality when the after market double-DIN tablets can be wired so easily into the existing CD input of the Alpine unit, using that box from In-Car Connections.
That's my opinion of course but based on two compelling reasons: 1) It easily retains the steering wheel controls and 2) I will bet anyone twenty bucks that the AM and FM tuner sections of the existing Alpine units are only about a hundred times better than the questionable sections in those new tablets. Those old Alpine decks always had outstanding AM tuners. Think of the next owner, too; having the whole rig working right with good infotainment functionality will only help selling prices down the track.
You will lose the CD functionality but those Alpine CD stackers don't seem to stand up over time anyway and most people now carry their music on their phones. CD is of course far superior in sound quality to the compressed libraries we're all using now but if you wanted it back you could route it through one of the audio inputs on the tablet pretty easily, with some loss of sound quality.