So I finally got around to installing my FlyAudio(ish)/Chinese Headunit from Alibaba. I purchased it for $598 shipped ($494+10 maps+$65shipping+$27-3%paypal fees) and overall, I would say its an 8.5/10 on a worth while "Should I do this" List. I paid with Paypal to protect my self if it ends up not being what I wanted. I actually installed it last week but had some issues that got sorted out over the week due to programming and previous owner crap. I got it from the Thonzer seller who allowed me to purchase just one unit. Shipping came from Hong Kong to NY in 3 days (4 really because DHL missed my house because of 4 feet of snow covering the mailbox numbers)
INSTALL TIME: ABOUT AN HOUR
. Took me about an hour and a half because the previous owner of my car broke some of the vent tabs so it was hard to get off.
-Navigation uses iGO8 is pretty spot on. GPS antenna is supposed to be mounted in the front/rear window but I got full signal strength mounting it RIGHT on top of the unit in the dash. Pretty spot on i can say
-Built-In microphone for bluetooth actually works extremely well. You get very little road noise when talking on the phone while driving
-iPod adapter is a bit outdated but works well. Playlist uploads to the unit fine, I can choose my playlist form the unit.
-Steering controls work fine but I really only have audio on my steering wheel so not really much there
-THE VENT!! So after talking with in depth with Thonzer for about a month and reading several reviews on the forum. I can say with the confidence that the 7" screen is for 06-08 ISx50's and 8" screens are for 09-13 isx50's. Its not hard to make the 8" fit but I was told by thonzer that I wont have vent issues if I buy the 7" monitor. I had already paid for the 8" one so I said F it, its okay. (they told me after) Also the mounting points on the CD changer down below are different. You can make it fit if you break off all the tabs where the cd changer fits but if you want direct fit, then go with what your car can fit. Not a huge deal. 7" units are $100 less
The rest are issues similar with the fly audio unit except this unit is running program version 1.59 and I think fly audio was running version 1.28. They both look the same except this comes pre-loaded with some games.
- The radio is pre-programmed to hong kong so you have to ask them to pre-load a USA program or else your radio will only go up to 99mhz. (they will send you a new program if you ask nicely)
-The navigation saves its recent destinations but doesn't save its program default settings. I would have to reconnect the GPS antenna every time I got in the car and it was annoying. If you are computer savy, you can alter the settings in the iGO8 configuration .sys file. Pretty easy
-I haven't figured out the temperature thing. Still on Celsius but its all works.
-It has an Infotainment Logo pop up for like 10 long seconds before a Lexus logo pops up for 1 maybe 2 seconds. (i want to change that to just the L logo)
-The screen backlight when off is still pretty bright. And sometimes wont dim if you have your lights on auto. Its intermittent so its hard to say when it happens. I got pulled over for the cop assuming I was talking on my cellphone when he realized that the nav screen was STUPID bright.
-My dash is super brittle up top and has tons of sun spots from being out doors for the years so the moment I put any tool in there, my dash crumbled around the center so a word to the wise, be careful on installation. I also had to rip out a ton of wires from the old owners XM unit that was poorly installed
Overall I am pretty happy with the unit, It is 100% worth the money for all you Non-nav people. The buying process its a little sketchy at first because you are pretty much sending them money and all they send you is an invoice sheet in an excel file. I wasn't too worried since i paid with paypal. Its worth it if anyone has any questions