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Well, I'm not 100% sure if I'm going to replace the stock head unit with an aftermarket touch-screen, so I've been looking into the factory UConnect. I don't know a whole lot about it, so that's where you guys come it! :) Are there any specific option packages that you have to have in order to install the UConnect? Does it even work very well? Have you had problems with it? Is it comparable to an aftermarket Blue Tooth system? These are the things I need to know in order to make a decision. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Well, I'm not 100% sure if I'm going to replace the stock head unit with an aftermarket touch-screen, so I've been looking into the factory UConnect. I don't know a whole lot about it, so that's where you guys come it! :) Are there any specific option packages that you have to have in order to install the UConnect? Does it even work very well? Have you had problems with it? Is it comparable to an aftermarket Blue Tooth system? These are the things I need to know in order to make a decision. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I love the u-connect in my R/T. I admit I didn't think much about it when I first got the car and didn't even pair it to my cell phone for about a month.But now that i have used it I would not want to be without it. I don't know about the 08 but on the 07 it was a $360 option not attached to any packages. I have not used an aftermarket bluetooth so I don't know about that. I have not had any problems with mine.
 

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I added mine, it wasn't difficult but cost me close to $400 in parts. (I dont regret spending the money).

Mopar Super Store is a supporting vendor and they sell everything you need as a kit. There are also several lenghty threads around with detailed instructions.

I'm not sure what model you have, and I dont think anyone knows what exact option group would mean you have all the wiring, but there are three levels. To find out you need to look behind your drivers side A Pillar.

1. If there is no plug at the base of the A Pillar, then you dont have the correct wiring harness. They were working on an add on, but don't know if it's available yet, check with MSS.

2. If you have a plug that only has like 4 wires, then you will need a special wiring harness to add to it, and extend to the back of the radio. MSS does have this one.

3. If you have like 11 wires, then all you need is the harness that runs from there up to the mirror, much easier install.

Look for the thread with the instructions, it goes through all of this.

Drop me a PM if you need any help.
 

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I love mine except
After the first two or three calls once I connect my Treo p, it stops warning me of an incoming call- it just answers it.
That means i'm driving down the road- the radio just stops and I look down to see "phone" and have to start talking.
Otherwise- great
 

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I love mine except
After the first two or three calls once I connect my Treo p, it stops warning me of an incoming call- it just answers it.
That means i'm driving down the road- the radio just stops and I look down to see "phone" and have to start talking.
Otherwise- great
Sucks if you are practicing your favorite song on the way to work.
 

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With the Treo and most phones you can go into settings and turn off the AUTO ANSWER feature. This will prevent the call from just being answered and require you to answer it on your phone or with the Uconnect button. I only know cause Its really not cool to have one lady on the phone and one sitting next to you! Gotta screen those type of calls!
 

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I think the U-Connect system is a must have, especially if you spend allot of time on your phone and in your car at the same time. I love having it and the only think I don't enjoy about it is it takes a wile to enter all the phone numbers into the system, but other than that U-Connect rules.
 

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I really want it. But the price is the factor. I have 4 BT Headsets (funny story on that :grin:) Thing is that I won't talk on the phone while driving unless I have it in the car with me.
 

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I really want it. But the price is the factor. I have 4 BT Headsets (funny story on that :grin:) Thing is that I won't talk on the phone while driving unless I have it in the car with me.
It is expensive for a speakerphone, but if you can scrape the money together it's well worth it if you spend a lot of time on the phone in your car. Some people dont like it if they have people with them, because it is a speaker phone. I figure if its a private conversation I'll have it another time. I"m on the road for work several times a month so its worthwhile.
 

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I love Uconnect. I haven't used any aftermaket Bluetooth so I can't compare. I have had zero issues with Uconnect and find it very nice to not have to hold my phone while driving.
It's also kind of funny when you pull up to a stop light while you're on the phone and people think your just talking to yourself. That happened the other day and so I turned the volume up. When they heard my wife over the speakers they all had looks of surprise on their faces. It was pretty cool.
I'd say definitely worth the money.
 

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Personally the head unit is great for me, my RT came with a very nice amp...so there is no way I am changing out of the stock stereo. I added the uconnect and love it. Sounds great and is well worth the cost.

The only problem with my mopar non-factory installation is that they dealer put the controller on the silver center console trim instead of where I asked for it to be put.

They put the mic on the driver side pillar where it is almost not noticeable which is ok.

I am pretty sure you can get the auto-dimming mirror with controls and mic along with the wiring harness some place on the web. My deal said it couldn't be done but I am pretty sure it can.

A good after market blue tooth head unit is pretty expensive. But have no experience with their quality.
 

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With the Treo and most phones you can go into settings and turn off the AUTO ANSWER feature. This will prevent the call from just being answered and require you to answer it on your phone or with the Uconnect button. I only know cause Its really not cool to have one lady on the phone and one sitting next to you! Gotta screen those type of calls!
is that in the car settings or in the treo settings- I really appreciate the input cuz auto answer is really annoying
 

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Thanks for all the input people. I'm pretty well convinced. Well, I'd still like to hear from someone that has an aftermarket head-unit w/ Blue Tooth....but who knows if that'll happen. I don't even have the navigation head-unit, so I'm probaly going to need all that wiring business. I'll check out Smoke's link and see what's what. Thanks again! And any further input is more than welcome, of course.
 

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... I'd still like to hear from someone that has an aftermarket head-unit w/ Blue Tooth....
I bought a Parrot Easy driver for my wife's car last winter, based on good reviews I found on the web, and also because it uses the car's 12V without any wiring mess or rechargeable batteries.

It turns out that the sound from its speaker is OK and does the job, but the sound from its microphone is really bad, to the point that it is hard for the other party to have a conversation.

In very cold weather, it stops working.

As usual, you get what you pay for. The UConnect is in a different league, price-wise and quality-wise.

...Ben...
 

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Thanks for that cfbenoit...I was considering that for my daughter...guess it won't happen now.
 

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I bought a Parrot Easy driver for my wife's car last winter, based on good reviews I found on the web, and also because it uses the car's 12V without any wiring mess or rechargeable batteries.

It turns out that the sound from its speaker is OK and does the job, but the sound from its microphone is really bad, to the point that it is hard for the other party to have a conversation.

In very cold weather, it stops working.

As usual, you get what you pay for. The UConnect is in a different league, price-wise and quality-wise.

...Ben...
THe audio quality going both ways is excellent with UConnect. I have never had anyone complain they couldnt hear me and I've had numerous conversations at 70-80 on the inerstate.
 

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Can you answer the phone with the steering wheel or do you have to push the button on the mirror? I couldn't find anything on this...
 
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