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Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by JoeGould92, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. JoeGould92

    JoeGould92 New Member

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    I'm new here but I'm sure it's been asked a million times already... Here goes..

    I'm looking at buying a VE. I'm a tech-head and want to have Android Auto & a nice big touchscreen, so my research so far says I'll have to get a Series 1, because it seems the Series 2 head units aren't removable/upgradable because of the air con & other related built-ins. Is this the case? Is there a plug-in of some sort to enable Android Auto/Apple Car Play?

    My plan is to have something post-2009 so I can use it for Uber Driving (toying with the idea), and a Series 2 would be ideal, but if I can't upgrade the screen to a bigger aftermarket touchscreen & built-in wi-fi for wireless phone connectivity/Android Auto, I'll have to settle for a Series 1...... Thoughts?
     
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    I went a pioneer headunit with the aerpro fascia kit. Works well for me
     
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    That's what I was thinking of doing, only I have the opportunity to buy a Series 2 at a great price and with low Ks. I'd give it a lot more thought if someone had managed to replace a Series 2 head unit for an aftermarket one
     
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    Check out kayhanaudio they have VE S1 now S2 head units to replace the stock one
     
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    Kayhan’s 11” screen allows for a Tesla like interface. It suits dual climate models, incorporates both rear view and parking sensor map on the screen at the same time. Android auto and CarPlay. It shows how mainstream audio brands are falling well behind.

    Series 2 VE can easily be retro fitted with required S1 trim parts to allow one of these to be fitted.
     
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    Unfortunately I’ve seen to many s2 units start to play up recently. Go the aftermarket option. And you can sway it out easy and also pick one that suits your needs the most.
     
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    That's the problem though, it seems it's completely impossible to replace an S2 head unit with an aftermarket one, as the air con controls and other features are connected to the stock unit which could render the car immobile.
     
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    I know the aircon works in my s1
     
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    Yes, because it's not linked into the head unit on a Series 1. On the Series 2, the air con etc is linked to the head unit display
     
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    As I’ve already posted, it’s not. Use S1 trim panels and install an after market system. It’s simply a reversal of the S2 install into an S1. There are also after market systems available for S1.
     
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    For what it's worth, the Aerpro VE SII Facia is in prototyping atm, all the electronics and firmware development is finished and the plastics are getting 3D printed presently. I suspect release will be very late this year
     
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    Would be great to see a S1 facia panel for dual zone climate control. It’s been talked about for 2 or 3 years.
     
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    They're getting produced right now, I expect they'll arrive in 3 to 4 weeks
     

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    Any updates on this? Impatient series II guy. :)
     
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    For the series 2, there had to be a change in the plastics. The changes have been made and should be ticked off next week hopefully. They are still on target for late this year, but by late I mean in time for Xmas sales
     
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    I contacted Aerpro via their website yesterday and got the following response this morning.....

    "We have a kit in the works but it could be quite some time still."

    Seems to indicate longer than Christmas.
     
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    hi mate do u have any photos
     
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    There’s an interesting thread active at the moment about what one of these are like day to day.

    Kayhan aren’t so great after you’ve bought it.

    The series 2 version of these look like cheese (IMO) Retro fitting S1 panels and fitting the above example looks heaps better. Fit is better. Looks like it lives there. The S2 version looks like they have shoe horned it in and the look seems not so great.
     
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