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2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

There are a few, but they are make/model/year specific.  Like you can get an Apple Carplay capable unit.

This is a replacement head unit for a 2007 - 2021 Camry

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This is a unit that I could put into my Avalanche.

 

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The top one is great and fits in and looks OE. ✅

The second one, while it looks like a nice piece of hardware, does not look like it belongs there. That's what I don't like. 

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2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I like crutchfield, but honestly, they don't seem to carry a lot of these model specific units.  Unless you have something SUPER common like a Camry or Accord, they won't have it.

@surreal1272 Here on the west coast we have a chain called Car Toys. Car Audio & Video, GPS Navigation, Car Speakers/Amplifiers - Car Toys

They carry lots of these types of OEM compatible head units. They did my Trailblazer making it look great. Yes, mine was easier than those with big screens now, but still very good assortment of 3rd party audio systems.

@regfootball Here is what they carry for your auto as upgrades. 8 Head units, 2 with video and 26 types of speakers.

Fitguide - Vehicle Selector (cartoys.com)

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@Drew Dowdell Here is what they had for your 2013 LTZ Avalanche.

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

The top one is great and fits in and looks OE. ✅

The second one, while it looks like a nice piece of hardware, does not look like it belongs there. That's what I don't like. 

I would have to agree to disagree with you that the second one looks very modern 21st century and a nice upgrade over the OEM unit that was in that same space and looked dated.

1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

Too bad really.  I could easily replace my stock GM radio in my Buick Lucerne.  Sometimes, I wonder if we are better off buying a base model which has far less stuff for the infotainment.  Or is that now too hard on newer cars?

Car Toys has lots of options for your Lucerne. Since I did not know the year, I just plugged in the last year it was made.

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54 minutes ago, David said:

I would have to agree to disagree with you that the second one looks very modern 21st century and a nice upgrade over the OEM unit that was in that same space and looked dated.

Yeah, surrounded by crap plastic and fake wood, very 2003. 

the vehicle looks 15-20 years old while the screen looks like its from 2021. I do not like that mashup, personally. 

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what I think still lacks in the screens on the cars yet, is a nice high resolution screen.  Our 21 Pacifica has the new higher res 10 inch screen and its one of the best but it still doesn't match the resolution of this Retina 27" iMac I am typing on right now.  The TourX has a shitty 8" screen that looked high res two years ago but now looks extremely grainy in comparison to the Pacifica.

Aftermarket sellers will have an opportunity in a few years to offer screen replacements at higher res so if you buy a 2018, 2019, 2016 hopefully if you are still driving it 10 years later you can swap out the screen and get a nice crisp screen to make it seem newer.

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11 hours ago, ccap41 said:

The top one is great and fits in and looks OE. ✅

The second one, while it looks like a nice piece of hardware, does not look like it belongs there. That's what I don't like. 

I agree on the terms that it's just too big for the space. 1 inch shorter on the screen and it would be fine. That said, I've been interested in this unit for a while, but they still have a lot of software bugs and it takes over the hardware HVAC controls.  I wouldn't mind the HVAC takeover so much at long as the system isn't buggy.  But maybe they'll have some software upgrades for them eventually.  I *really* want a nicely integrated apple carplay unit.

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23 hours ago, ccap41 said:

Yeah, surrounded by crap plastic and fake wood, very 2003. 

the vehicle looks 15-20 years old while the screen looks like its from 2021. I do not like that mashup, personally. 

The unfortunate reality is that's what the plood in my Avalanche looks like... they matched the existing stuff pretty well.  So it's what I'm stuck with. 

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3 hours ago, regfootball said:

purchased.  very glad, dealers have very few vehicles to sell nowadays!

 

What they do have to sell are selling at MSRP or above it now and used it not far off from new prices. Crazy right now on auto's.

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whats crazy.  spouse works in the building across the road in this picture (with the half round entry feature).  sort of crazy to be fortunate enough that we work less then a mile apart......except of course during this covid she is working from home fully.   how often does your S.O.'s work office end up less than a mile from yours.... 

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^ Reminds me of when I lived in Denver in the 00s, I worked at a company that moved its office to a suburban office park, and I could see my condo building from my office.  Walked to/from work occasionally, but given that I had to cross a 6 lane street and walk on streets w/o sidewalks, it was more practical to drive the 1/2 mile...

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50 minutes ago, David said:

I love my commute, all 32 steps from the kitchen with breakfast to my office. :P 

Such a harsh commute now. ;) 

After 4+ years working from home full time, I don’t know if I could go back to a commute to an office.  I’ve only gone into the office at my current job twice.  The drive—about 35 miles each way—was tiring, though I took the scenic way home through the National park and enjoyed that.  

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On 9/20/2021 at 8:03 PM, 2QuickZ's said:

You definitely should!  It looks lonely on your carversary in that otherwise empty lot.

Just as I was about to post how lonely the Buick looks, I scroll down just one post, and its already been noticed by you.

I guess you really are 2 quick.  

But...the REAL question is:  are you 2 legit...2 quit? 

 

 

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On 9/23/2021 at 9:13 PM, Robert Hall said:

After 4+ years working from home full time, I don’t know if I could go back to a commute to an office.  I’ve only gone into the office at my current job twice.  The drive—about 35 miles each way—was tiring, though I took the scenic way home through the National park and enjoyed that.  

I dont think I could EVER work from home.

Too many distractions that would keep me from doing my job.

1. TV

2. Internet

3. Refrigerator and stove and if Im lazy to cook, many many snacks.

4. My house is what I consider a place for me to relax and get away...from work.  I could NEVER bring myself to marry my house with my job.

Nope!  Couldnt do it! 

 

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6 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

I dont think I could EVER work from home.

Too many distractions that would keep me from doing my job.

 

 

Yeah, it's not for everyone.  Since my work product is in the cloud, and I'm fairly misanthropic, it works well for me.   I'm able to focus albeit with taking periodic breaks. 

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LOL    Yeah, I get the misanthropic part.   Im a social butterfly, but sometimes I hate people too.  Im a conflicted person that way.  More often than not, I like to be around people and socialize.  Strangely enough, I get energized with stupid people. I want to get away from them as far as possible, but I use that interaction to fuel my conversations with people I like to be around with.    The restaurant business is perfect for my personality. 

Im always snacking at the restaurant. Food all around me all. the. time.  

Although when I do grab a french fry here and there, or a piece of bacon, or a slice of pepperoni or cheese or a hot dog, I do it discreetly, away from my staff and clients. (open kitchen)   I go in the back to stuff my face and wash my hands immediately after.     I noticed on my days off at home, I crave snacks.  I cant concentrate. Its like I have ADHD or something.  I need to put something in my mouth to taste it. Im addicted...       Though at home, I have started to snack on fruits this past year.  THAT has spilled over at work. Im snacking on less and less hotdogs and bacon and stuff.  I have my wife has forced me to bring fruits to work to snack on those. And so I do.  Grapes.  Cantaloupe. Oranges, tangerines, clementines.      Ive noticed that my belly has gotten less bloated by doing that  and it seems like I have lost at least 5-7 lbs in the process as well.  I no longer seem to have a gut.   I guess its healthier to snack on fruits.  Who knew?    

 

 

 

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On 9/24/2021 at 11:13 PM, oldshurst442 said:

I dont think I could EVER work from home.

Too many distractions that would keep me from doing my job.

1. TV

2. Internet

3. Refrigerator and stove and if Im lazy to cook, many many snacks.

4. My house is what I consider a place for me to relax and get away...from work.  I could NEVER bring myself to marry my house with my job.

Nope!  Couldnt do it! 

 

I love working at home, easy commute, have my office so when I go in, all business. Leave it and my time.

I do admit, the wife went crazy at first when my company in Feb 2020 went 100% work from home, but now that the whole company is 90% work from home, the other 10% are those that have to be on site and for the most part works best as it makes it much easier to get my work done, take time off when I need to for appointments, errands, etc.

I honestly could not ever see myself going back to an office. I do miss the social interaction, but I do get plenty of that online via Zoom meetings, Slack Huddles and rarely unless I am forced to use terrible Microsoft Teams.

I will say this, I have a coworker who always wanted a trailer to go camping who finally bought one, set it up to be his remote office away from the house, but uses the house WiFi in 256 bit encryption mode and loves it. No wife, kids, animals to distract and he says it truly feels like going to the office since he has to physically leave his house and walk the 15 steps to the side slab where his new trailer is parked.

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  • 1 month later...

Got the snow tires and wheel set (with the LaCrosse donor wheels) put back on for winter.  Oil change time, went to the Buick dealer.  And they washed it too!  So had to take pics while it was clean.  Great time of day with the phone camera as well.

Car still hasn't cracked 20,000 miles yet.

Car's worth a crazy amount on the market right now!  Similar / same vehicle used is priced at what i paid new (or a bit higher).

But to replace it would cost so much more now...... Dealer had no new vehicles on the showroom.....I wanted to test drive a 22 Envision but none to be had right now.  And its built in China..... 😛 my rig I can tell people its a 'German car'..... and show them the proof on the sticker.....

I would love a new version of this vehicle with something like the CT6 platform (about an additional 6" of wheelbase) and similar interior room to the CT6  in the front and rear.. a RWD design chassis layout and the turbo six option and the v6 standard.  I'd like more comfy seats and the roof to be about 2-4 inches higher and about 6-10" additional overall length.  A good boost in cargo space would be great.  Ditch the wheel cladding and give it true wagon style but with similar sporty lines like this has now.  More of a 'full size' wagon but with the same driver oriented interior.  And keep the carlike ride and handling.  And not turn it into an SUV.

 

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Finally swapped the winters back to the spring / summers today.  5 1/2 months on the winters.  2,763 miles put on in 5 1/2 months.  I'm driving more now again but also with my wife full time remote I trade off between the two vehicles.  Sort of makes me wonder if we need to have two vehicles anymore.  But when I am gone she would still need something to drive.  I'll probably put about 5,000 miles on in the next 6 months I estimate.

Sure beats driving 25,000 miles a year like I did 7-9 years ago.

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