I purchased my G8 new in March of 2008 and have been waiting over 11 years to replace the radio in my G8. Over the years I've read numerous hacks and mods to do that. Patching this and that, hack this or that, firmware upgrade etc. Just a hole bunch of things that have never worked out over time.
I read this thread today and just like others this sounded like the Holly Grail of updating the G8 radio. Then near the end of the thread I'm getting the same feeling that this too just just a passing fad.
Until I found this thread. I was about to bite the bullet and go with the G8Designs solution. But now I'm not so sure. For all purposes the Folcik controller 'appears' to be the most 'stable'. Although I'm not overjoyed at the look of the Folcik controller. I'm just so frustrated of nothing being available for the G8. My G8 just rolled over 90k miles and will stay in the family for a long tiime along with my two other vehicles that were purchased new in 1967 and 1970.
I'm looking for a solution that is stable and just plain works. It there anything out there for my G8? I've read about the IQ system with physical AC controls. Only to find out the dual control will not be 'modified' to support the G8 for us here in the US.
For those of you that have went with Kayhan Audio I have some questions.
Are you happy with your decision?
Would you do it again?
Would you go back to factory?
Would you replace the Kayhan Audio with the G8Designs?
I just want a simple radio with a automatic backup camera, a front camera to keep my wife from destroying the front bumper for the fourth time and maybe Google maps for navigation. I'm not interested in a bazillion watts of power with subwoofers that destory windows for miles around.
What's out there that just plain frigging works?
I made a similar post in this thread. I'd tried it all and waited for this and I'm now a month or so into my experience. I've worked through all the settings and setup and I'm at the point where all the trim is reinstalled, the protective cover is off the screen and the only thing left are minor annoyances.
It does just plain work. I will admit that despite tinkering the bluetooth phone is not great, but passable. The only bug I have is a delay in outside temp. And that's really not that bad. Audio sounds great. GPS works well.
Here's what I'll say differentiates this from a modern factory headunit:
There are no hard volume control knobs. Even my wife's factory explorer doesn't have hvac knobs so I look past that as it's not a big deal for me. I never really change the temp and leave it on auto. and if i want to, the buttons are right there on the main page anyhow. But I do wish I had a volume knob, so I mostly use the steering wheel controls as the kayhan setting is sort of tucked away on the passenger side.
You're forced to use aftermarket carplay which is a little buggy and the usb to phone doesn't provide the same amount of juice a factory system does, so instead of driving home and gaining 10% life, I get maybe 1 or 2.
the backup cam that many in this thread bought is not 170* and not true night vision, but from the kayhan side of things, it works as any backup cam would. auto initiates in reverse and the gridlines are accurate.
So in summary, my biggest gripes are with equipment that isn't owned or designed by kayhan, however they don't exactly provide those solutions with their unit, so they partially share the blame. And perhaps some of those issues are resolved in their gen2.
I'll leave you with this. I love my wife. But she's not car or tech savy. She's only driven the g8 a handful of times in 10 years. 2 weeks ago I started a detail on her explorer with the intent of taking it easy. I started saturday afternoon with prep and left sunday for machine work and touch ups. I had forgotten that she had a girls night and needed a ride that night and obviously didn't want all my prep to go to waste. She feels more comfortable driving the car than the silverado and was headed to the city and would need google maps gps.
I was a bit nervous regarding the new system and how it'd work for her. I gave her no instructions and when she got home I asked if it all worked well and she said yep. Plugged in her phone and ran pandora and google maps without a hitch and admitted to cranking the system and enjoying it. I think that summarizes my overall opinion of the kayhan at this point and hopefully the last anecdotal story helps you.