First, I want to be clear. I don't work for VaisTech...and have never been compensated for endorsing/recommending their products.
I recently discovered this very-handy feature that one of their products has.
The Vais SL2i-UP is an iPod adapter that works on 2005-2009 SC430's (along with several other Lexus models). If you're ordering one, make sure you're getting the "UP" version of the SL2i.
Note: It, unfortunately, does not
work on the 2002-2004 models.
- $259.99 (on sale at posting time for $244.99)
I had a chance to help a friend install one of these this past weekend and it just blew me away.
The iPod integration works nice. The device emulates a CD-changer so, you can press the "CD" button on the front of the stereo to toggle between "CD" (which is the in-dash 6-disk changer) and "CD1"...which is your iPod. You can scroll through playlists and it works with the steering wheel controls.
But that's not what's important.
What is important is that it has an added optional feature (that you simply need to enable via the front-panel of your stereo, once it's installed) that automatically presses the "I Agree" button on your navigation screen every time you start your car!
Like all Vais modules, installation is simple and straightforward (although it does entail getting to the back of the stereo, which can be a little frightening the first time). Once the hardware is plugged in, follow the directions to get the device initialized on your system...and you're all set up. Installation takes an hour...two if you're overly cautious.
I know this has been mentioned in-passing deep down in a few threads but, I thought it was something that was deserving of it's own thread because it works so well and I think it's something that a lot of people would like, if they knew it existed.