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Sync 3 to get Android Auto/Apple Carplay


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#1 OFFLINE   Bryan Burch

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 03:46 PM

Announced at CES.

 

http://www.droid-lif...-apple-carplay/

 

That's cool.  I might hang on to my car longer if they offer it as an upgrade to previous Sync/MFT owners.  


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#2 OFFLINE   Riggo

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:35 PM

Yeah. I don't think that update will ever happen for old sync 2 and below owners as has been discussed in other threads.

#3 OFFLINE   Bryan Burch

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 03:23 PM

Found a place selling upgrades for 2k.  I'll buy a new car (non ford) before I pay that kind of dough.



#4 OFFLINE   machoman1337

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:27 PM

Found a place selling upgrades for 2k.  I'll buy a new car (non ford) before I pay that kind of dough.

 

http://www.oemautopartsco.com/products/myford-touch-sync-2-to-sync-3-upgrade 

 

Were you talking about this?

 

I'm actually interested in buying one... maybe on sale! Anyway, since upgrading requires replacement of the hardware, and they need to recoup their costs of acquiring and cracking the modules (since it's not sanctioned by Ford), $2k doesn't look THAT bad... fairly certain it'll decrease with time though.

 

Feature wise, MFT is fantastic and competitive, just that its performance stinks and the screens are serious fingerprint magnets. 


Edited by machoman1337, 05 January 2016 - 08:32 PM.

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#5 OFFLINE   Bryan Burch

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:02 PM

Yep that's the one.  $2k for something that should retail under $500 is my problem.  My comparison is my recent purchase of a double-din pioneer avh-4100NEX for my son's truck.  Very slick head unit, and reasonable.  I'd probably buy if the price was $750 or less.



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:47 PM

I'm thinking doing this aftermarket upgrade would void some part of the factory warranty. No?

#7 OFFLINE   machoman1337

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 11:31 PM

I'm thinking doing this aftermarket upgrade would void some part of the factory warranty. No?

 

Dang, didn't think of that - and last summer I paid $2000 to extend my warranty by 4 years past the factory expiry date :/


My precious: 2013 Fusion Hybrid SE Ice Storm - Luxury Package (Dune), Navigation, Tech Package, Active Park Assist, Moonroof (ugh), 18" premium painted luxury wheels. Built in July 2012, bought CPO (former demonstrator) in May 2014. 6.3L/100 km lifetime fuel economy

 

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#8 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 12:38 PM

I'm thinking doing this aftermarket upgrade would void some part of the factory warranty. No?

I had that same thought. In addition, you will likely encounter a new raft of problems and headaches.


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#9 OFFLINE   heywardjr

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:37 PM

I purchased the SYNC2 to SYNC3 upgrade from OEM as listed in this forum. That was on June 3rd. I am returning it today at the request of OEM as it is not ready for customers and was shipped unfinished. I loved the interface and they will credit me the $2,000. They will notify me when it is ready which could be a week from now, a month, several months.

 

Here is what worked:

 

1. Audio functions including Pandora and other music apps I had on my Android and iPhone.

2. Night mode and Day mode

3. Phone functions

 

What was not working:

 

1. Apple Airplay

2. No navigation icon

3. No climate controls would work...buttons were there and beeped but they did nothing to the vehicle

4. No ambient light controls worked

5. Pandora app would appear and disappear whenever....no reason

6. No updates happened

 

OEM was very apologetic. They were sold units but had not fully tested them before selling to me (I must have been first)

 

They will notify me when they get an updated software that works.

 

I LOVED the interface and the speed of the screen

 

This is a total replacement of the screen and box behind the screen. Easy to install once you know how to remove all the pieces to get to the radio. I had to install an additional GPS satellite which I just ran the wire from my dash to the back of the unit. It did have an additional USB port on back which would be handy to have.

 

I'd recommend it as the whole experience is a ton better. Yes, $2,000 is a lot but to me it was worth it for a $42,000 car with all the bells and whistles.

 

When I get an updated unit I'll come back and let you all know.

 

 


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#10 OFFLINE   heywardjr

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:40 PM

It would not void your Ford Warranty. You could easily re-install the original radio back into the car if you had some audio issue. If the issue still was there then you'd know if it was the new unit or the old one or the car. Take the car into the dealer with the old radio installed, they fix the audio problem and then replace the radio when you get home. It's all of 4 acres to take the old radio out and the plastic pipes all come out by using your hand to pry them out. Takes 10 minutes max to replace this.



#11 OFFLINE   thrasher086

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 12:51 PM

I purchased the SYNC2 to SYNC3 upgrade from OEM as listed in this forum. That was on June 3rd. I am returning it today at the request of OEM as it is not ready for customers and was shipped unfinished. I loved the interface and they will credit me the $2,000. They will notify me when it is ready which could be a week from now, a month, several months.

 

Here is what worked:

 

1. Audio functions including Pandora and other music apps I had on my Android and iPhone.

2. Night mode and Day mode

3. Phone functions

 

What was not working:

 

1. Apple Airplay

2. No navigation icon

3. No climate controls would work...buttons were there and beeped but they did nothing to the vehicle

4. No ambient light controls worked

5. Pandora app would appear and disappear whenever....no reason

6. No updates happened

 

OEM was very apologetic. They were sold units but had not fully tested them before selling to me (I must have been first)

 

They will notify me when they get an updated software that works.

 

I LOVED the interface and the speed of the screen

 

This is a total replacement of the screen and box behind the screen. Easy to install once you know how to remove all the pieces to get to the radio. I had to install an additional GPS satellite which I just ran the wire from my dash to the back of the unit. It did have an additional USB port on back which would be handy to have.

 

I'd recommend it as the whole experience is a ton better. Yes, $2,000 is a lot but to me it was worth it for a $42,000 car with all the bells and whistles.

 

When I get an updated unit I'll come back and let you all know.

 

 

 

I am looking forward to when they work all the kinks out. Thanks for being the guinea pig. If it's as easy as you say to remove and replace, then I would consider something like this in the future.



#12 OFFLINE   heywardjr

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 07:25 PM

By the way, for those veterans, OEMAutoParts offers a 10% discount. Just enter MILI in the coupon field and it gets discounts. AT least it worked for me on June 3rd. You might check with them if you order this after they get this working properly. 



#13 OFFLINE   thrasher086

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 07:53 AM

Heywardjr,

 

Do you happen to have some videos of it when it was in your car?



#14 OFFLINE   Jim Martin

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 11:34 PM

This is a slap in the face to 2015 owners. Cars not even out of warranty and they can't offer an upgrade path from a sync 2 system that is very lackluster. I was excited about the system, until I got hands on with it and realized it was garbage. I would consider upgrading for $1800, but it would be a hard decision.


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#15 OFFLINE   machoman1337

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 09:48 PM

I purchased the SYNC2 to SYNC3 upgrade from OEM as listed in this forum. That was on June 3rd. I am returning it today at the request of OEM as it is not ready for customers and was shipped unfinished. I loved the interface and they will credit me the $2,000. They will notify me when it is ready which could be a week from now, a month, several months.

 

Here is what worked:

 

1. Audio functions including Pandora and other music apps I had on my Android and iPhone.

2. Night mode and Day mode

3. Phone functions

 

What was not working:

 

1. Apple Airplay

2. No navigation icon

3. No climate controls would work...buttons were there and beeped but they did nothing to the vehicle

4. No ambient light controls worked

5. Pandora app would appear and disappear whenever....no reason

6. No updates happened

 

OEM was very apologetic. They were sold units but had not fully tested them before selling to me (I must have been first)

 

They will notify me when they get an updated software that works.

 

I LOVED the interface and the speed of the screen

 

This is a total replacement of the screen and box behind the screen. Easy to install once you know how to remove all the pieces to get to the radio. I had to install an additional GPS satellite which I just ran the wire from my dash to the back of the unit. It did have an additional USB port on back which would be handy to have.

 

I'd recommend it as the whole experience is a ton better. Yes, $2,000 is a lot but to me it was worth it for a $42,000 car with all the bells and whistles.

 

When I get an updated unit I'll come back and let you all know.

 

 

Thanks for being our guinea pig! If your updated unit works out perfectly fine, I'm immediately buying one myself. Hopefully Android Auto will be included.


My precious: 2013 Fusion Hybrid SE Ice Storm - Luxury Package (Dune), Navigation, Tech Package, Active Park Assist, Moonroof (ugh), 18" premium painted luxury wheels. Built in July 2012, bought CPO (former demonstrator) in May 2014. 6.3L/100 km lifetime fuel economy

 

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 11:41 AM

 

If your updated unit works out perfectly fine, I'm immediately buying one myself.

After multiple experiences with aftermarket upgrades the chances of it working perfectly are extremely remote (in my opinion).



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Posted 07 July 2016 - 12:26 PM

After multiple experiences with aftermarket upgrades the chances of it working perfectly are extremely remote (in my opinion).

 

It isn't really aftermarket since it's the same parts Ford is using. You are right though, going to be hard to get everything working.



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Posted 18 July 2016 - 02:34 PM

Has anyone actually done the aftermarket upgrade from Sync 2 to Sync 3? I'm wondering if the two small screens on the dash are linked to the main touchscreen. If so, do those smaller screens change? If they aren't linked then does that mean things like navigation, radio, etc., won't show up on the dash screens?

I wrote the company asking this question and they never responded.



#19 OFFLINE   Waldo

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 06:57 AM

The screens on the cluster don't change with Sync 3.  They should work exactly the same way with Sync 2 or Sync 3.



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 07:06 PM

I did not video the look and feel or install as it looks the same as the original screen except that the OS (based on Blackberry OS). It was very much faster and brighter. I liked it a lot except much of it was not working properly or missing things like the Navigation or Apple CarPlay. I don't recall anything about supporting Android or Google Play. 

 

I checked with the reseller this week and still no updates to report.

 

As for the two small screws...I did not touch those. I had to remove the plastic dash pieces to get access, then remove two large bolts on the sides of the screen, then the unit pulls right out. I removed the screen and plugged in the new one, then plugged in the main cables. Then the dash bolts, and then the plastic dash pieces to finish it off.

 

 






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