Double DIN (in dash ) GPS ?

Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 05:44

Member - Bucky

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Hi All
Am pondering with the idea of getting a 2*DIN GPS from China, of maybe from a dealer in Oz ( but still Chinese) but am unsure what I should be looking for, as far as what processor/speed, and will they run Ozi Explorer, and /or any other Australian mapping software.

Any Guru's out there than can help would be greatly appreciated.


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AnswerID: 418488   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 06:55

Member - Nick replied:


Seen DIN heaps of times over the years, but I have never asked anyone what it stands for. Excuse my ignorance, but what does it stand for ?

Thanks Nick
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FollowupID: 688587   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 07:41

Allan B, Sunshine Coast, posted:

DIN = "Deutsches Institut für Normung" and translates to "German Institute for Standardization".


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FollowupID: 688589   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 07:48

Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) posted:

Hi Nick
Have a look here .
Single DIN is 180 mm x 50 mm and Double DIN is 180mm x 100 mm
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FollowupID: 688591   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 08:09

Member - Bucky posted:

Thought you were "taking the bleep ", but it seems that your definition is correct

As Sam Newman once said on the footy show

"Whale Oil Beef Hooked"

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FollowupID: 688595   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 08:29

Allan B, Sunshine Coast, posted:

I never did understand anything that Sam Newman said!


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FollowupID: 688597   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 08:34

Allan B, Sunshine Coast, posted:

Oh, and he was. "Hooked" that is! LOL


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AnswerID: 418494   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 07:43

Member - Colin S1 (WA) replied:


Have a Chinese unit in the work cruiser running ozi explorer works well for a budget model was $430 , seems to be well made and tough used out in the desert.

Obtained from

Also have a VMS unit in my D-Max it is just brilliant but for $2400 you would hope so, no name Chinese does al the same things but.

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AnswerID: 418496   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 07:59

Member - John replied:

G'day, I have one of these, not too bad, a couple of niggling problems, still trying to sort them out. They are, the clock is out two hours, no matter how I set it, it loses two hours. Ipod controls don't work, it reads the Ipod,but won't control it.

Seeing the screen at times is difficult, I have it angled towards the driver as far as possible, need to angle it out at the bottom and see if it helps, have noticed that most factory ones are angled that way. Plug and play if you still have the factory head unit.

GPS seems to be good, my first time with one, can run Oziexplorer etc, on SD card. Other functions, radio,cd etc, seem to be ok, yet to hook up cameras etc.

All up, for the price, I reckon a good unit. Hopefully will be able to fix the niggles.

Double DIN GPS

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FollowupID: 688626   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:34

Member - joc45 (WA) posted:

Hi John,
Looks like you've got a series I or II Patrol. Do the existing sound system connectors and wiring match with the new unit as claimed?
Where does the gps antenna fit?
I see they boast technical backup from within Oz as a reason for buying from them. Have they offered any suggestions on your clock and iPod problems? ie, is their backup as good as they say?
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FollowupID: 688630   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:35

Member - John posted:

Joc, Hi, the pic is from the web site, mine is a 2004 and the existing connectors all match. I have been chatting with the bloke that sells them, just been busy and haven't got back to him. Easy to talk to etc. I get the impression that the back up is good, just need some time to get back to him.
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AnswerID: 418518   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:34

Who was that again? (Vic) replied:

Bucky, I have one of the Chinese made systems Australian marketed and supported. The latter is the important part, they are only as good as the support. I have hard of a Chinese one where the screen control isn't good enough and the menu of OziCE can't be read because it is too small.

With mine it is great, but as John elsewhere says there can be some issues. My iPod control works but only charges earlier iPods. That is an Apple issue of changing standards. Generation changes in differing iPods - the industry term is revving or revisioning to make you buy extra bits.
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AnswerID: 418528   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:32

Member - Captain (WA) replied:

Hi Bucky,

I have the Polaris unit (a rebadged Caska) and overall I am happy with it (had it for 2 years now). I deliberatly went the Polaris over a Caska as at least it came with a warranty and I could get some tech help if required (but haven't needed). I have managed to run Ozexplorer on it by swapping over the navigating SD card, but the later models now come with Ozi for a small price premium. I also have a Garmin GPS in my wifes vehicle and actually prefer the nav software that comes with the Polaris, just personal choice as here. IMHO the VMS unit has better features, but not worth the 2x price compared to the Polaris. Or if you are game, go the Caska and save a few $$$.

I run my Ipod (works well with series4 Ipod nano, but doesn't charge my series 5 nano - but still controls it), have a reverse camera hooked up and my bluetooth phone works fine - but doesn't upload the address book. Overal I am happy with it, but there are better on the market if you want to spend more $$$.

Oziexplorer on my Polaris


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AnswerID: 418529   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:34

Rainman WA replied:

Theres an post on Pradopoint about a unit available for Digoptions that may be of some interest. Australian dealer with good support. Thumbs UpThanks 0
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AnswerID: 418546   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 15:25

Patrol22 replied:

Was thinking about fitting one of these myself but thought that it would be too difficult to see the maps and camera etc. Instead I fitted a Hema Navigator 5 near the RHS A pillar and this seems to work better for me with both the maps and the reversing camera as it is in my line of sight without having to turn my head much at all.

I would be interested in hearing how you guys with the centre mounted double DIN kit find it.
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FollowupID: 688651   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 15:45

Member - John posted:

G'day, I find the double DIN unit good to access, touch screen etc and as it is the CD, DVD, radio etc, easy to find, in the normal place etc. Not having used the Hema unit, I can't comment.
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FollowupID: 688655   Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 16:54

Patrol22 posted:

Sorry John I didn't make myself clear - I was wondering more about the line of sight to the centre mounted unit rather than operating it. My eye sight is not the greatest these day and I wear multi-focal glasses.....was thinking it would be a bit difficult adjusting from the road ahead down to the centre of the dash.
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FollowupID: 688732   Submitted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 05:26

Member - Bucky posted:


Funny, I wear multi focul glasses all the time and never have a problem driving.
just go back to your optomertrist, and get the frame adjusted, as a slight adjustment makes the world of difference.


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FollowupID: 688734   Submitted: Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 06:43

Member - John posted:

Patro22, Apolgies, I wear glasses, long distance and for reading and have no trouble reading the screen etc.
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