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After having the NAVTOOL module for a while mainly for the ability to add a parking camera to my '15, I decided that although the option to mirror a smartphone video was handy, not having touchscreen functions was an issue. This makes using Waze Nav and other apps a bit distracting while driving.

Well, today I replaced the Radio Control and HMI modules with the ones Infotainment sells. I was a bit concerned about whether or not I'd lose any functionality after reading some reviews. I'm tickled to say my initial testing turned out great!! After reconnecting the battery and firing her up, I plugged in my iPhone and everything came to life on the screen! It took a while before my Sirius/XM synched up and became available, but everything appears to be working.

The installation was pretty straightforward and just as shown in their Youtube link.



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Very nice. Do you feel that it is worth the approximately $1000?
 

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I didn't think I would think CarPlay was worth all that, but I love it. I paid $1400 (state and county taxes in Florida). I paid extra to keep the factory NAV and an extra $50 for the 6 month warranty. They use new factory components - which was a huge factor in my decision.
 

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Looks like how it works in my daily driver GM SUV. I just have to wrap my head around is it worth $1400 but I would love to have the waze and other functionality from the infotainment screen.

Also, it is alot DIY friendly than the Navtool and wonder if the next edition of Navtool will be more plug and play like this and competition will drive both prices down.

Thanks for sharing and I need to sleep on this a few days... LOL :)
 

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I like having it so much now I'll probably get the upgrade for my '15 Colorado - just as soon as that next stimulus check comes in LOL! Today I removed my NAVTOOL altogether. It was the version that predates Apple CarPlay. I used it for my front parking camera but I plan to go back to the WiFi version (displayed in smartphone) I used in the past. I decided I didn't want to "inject" any signals into the network using their jumper wire.
 

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I’m still pissed that I can’t get a stimulus check so I could have justified to the wife or just do it and ask for forgiveness. However, my wife will forgive but it comes with a price.

My wife somehow thinks that if I spend $1000 on frivolous car BS then my punishment is she spends 2k on some designer BS. Let me reverse her logic and use it on her and I’ll be sleeping alone or outdoors.

I try to tell her an eye for an eye is not very Christianly but that went no where either. Lol :)
 

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It amazes my that it would cost me almost $1,500 to add wireless Apple CarPlay to my wife’s ‘15 Z51 yet it cost me $375 to add it to our ‘16 Porsche Cayman GT4 including front an rear cameras. For once the C tax far exceeds the P tax. Usually it’s the other way around.


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Looks great. I’ve been struggling with this too as I have a 15 Z51. I’ve been looking at this as I really expect I’m going to keep this Corvette for a long time. How long did it take you to do it? I too live in Florida so appreciate the total cost you shared.
 
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I thought the video says it takes about an hour but looking at the video I suspect I would allow 60-120 minutes for myself.

Looks great. I’ve been struggling with this too as I have a 15 Z51. I’ve been looking at this as I really expect I’m going to keep this Corvette for a long time. How long did it take you to do it? I too live in Florida so appreciate the total cost you shared.
 

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After doing a nice road trip here in Michigan this weekend, the ongoing thought while driving is that I wished my Waze could have been on my infotainment screen. I prefer not having to look down to my phone to see potential police threats before waze alerts sound off.

Although my new GEN2 Valentine One radar performed very well It’s still nice to see the visual picture location of the potential radar threat. I still have to assess do I want to spend that type of money and hear my wife’s commentary about another expense on the car. 😂
 

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I spoke with Infotainment Company today about the difference in their $1400 vs $1000 option. Also, if you are military active or retired you are eligible for 10% savings discount using code: holiday

1. This Option allows you to keep Factory NAV infotainment functionality if you currently have:

  • 2014-2015 Chevrolet Corvette MyLink® IO6GPS Navigation Radio Upgrade: $1400
2. This Option removes Factory NAV infotainment functionality but screen will mirror your phone:
  • 2014-2015 Chevrolet Corvette MyLink® IO5 GPS Navigation Radio Upgrade: $1000
 

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I bought the IO6 and got the Gov't Employee/Veteran discount - then add state and county tax. Still money well spent IMO.
 
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I had the Infotainment mods added to my '14 Z51 and found some interesting anomalies. For example, 'Driving Mode' in the Settings 'personalization menu' is now missing altogether.

I did not think I could handle the install myself, so I had mine installed by one of Infotainment's recommended service centers. This added about $300 to the cost, but at least the job was done right.

I am enjoying the CarPlay functionality. I hope that missing the sound management, steering and suspension controls won't bother me too much down the road.
 

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I am glad that the CarPlay functionality is working as expected but for me it would be unacceptable not to be able to control the sound management, steering or suspension controls for me. I am looking to pull the trigger in the next few weeks and purchase but I might need to call Infotainment company to see if in fact this is isolated anomaly.

What did Infotainment company have to say as I assume the installer contacted them with this problem? Is this a known issue to 2014's or have they had any other instances of this happening or is it unique to you? I am going assume that this is an isolated case as 2014's and some 2015's were the ones without Carplay capability and think enough people have bought the system and it would have become a widely known buyer be aware issue if it was widespread.

That said, I would have had Infotainment Company cover the cost to reinstall original OEM unit to bring back the sound management, steering or suspension controls settings. Next, after settings returned, then reinstall Carplay unit and see if control settings remain or are they removed again. If removed again, then install a new replacement unit provided at no charge by the manufacturer to replace at their unit and labor cost to see if the OEM settings return.

As a manufacturer, I would think that they would want to go through the troubleshooting process of elimination steps to determine if the unit was faulty or not and if so you can use that unit to determine what was wrong with it and then take steps that the issue doesn't make it way to other units. Investment in getting to the bottom line problem is a small investment for a manufacturer and brand protection.

Original thread starter "stevette" has a 2015 and his seems to work perfectly fine without any issues.....


I had the Infotainment mods added to my '14 Z51 and found some interesting anomalies. For example, 'Driving Mode' in the Settings 'personalization menu' is now missing altogether.

I did not think I could handle the install myself, so I had mine installed by one of Infotainment's recommended service centers. This added about $300 to the cost, but at least the job was done right.

I am enjoying the CarPlay functionality. I hope that missing the sound management, steering and suspension controls won't bother me too much down the road.
 

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This is a known issue with 2014 MY Z51 and Z06. Base cars are not affected. Infotainment's 'service experts' really don't know Corvettes with that level of specificity; as you can see from their website, they sell equipment for a wide variety of makes and models.

The MVI website notes that 'Due to the difference in the Electronic Suspension Control Module change between 2014 to 2015 Model Years you will loose the onscreen touch control of the Drive and Exhaust Mode. You will, however, retain full control of the drive modes via the Multi Selection Rotary Knob on the center console. The Exhaust Sound will also continue to change modes with the knob selections as well ... 2014 Corvette Owners without the Z51 package or MRC and NPP Exhaust should not be affected."
 

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I thought first year 2015 Z06 was the first Chevy car to have OEM Carplay so I don't think it would apply?

Also, in spite that Infotainment company provides options for all makes and models, it seems that they would at least have gotten consumer feedback of such a problem and I couldn't find anything searching the web of the Infotainments Carplay losing control the sound management, steering or suspension controls.

I wonder if it might be isolated or unique to your VIN for some strange reason?



This is a known issue with Z51 and Z06. Base cars are not affected. Infotainment's 'service experts' really don't know Corvettes with that level of specificity; as you can see from their website, they sell equipment for a wide variety of makes and models.
 

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I believe the first MY with CarPlay was 2016 ... CarPlay was introduced midyear. If you'll read my expanded post above, you'll see the reason for the diminished functionality. I found that on the MVI website and added it to my text.

I could point you to several threads on a competing forum if you like; being a newcomer here, I'm not sure whether that behavior is tolerated.
 

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Click on your icon in top right corner and see the drop down like below and click conversations and that is how you communicate info that might be in violation. I will re-read your info again and I might have overlooked or misread it. Thanks!


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I believe the first MY with CarPlay was 2016 ... CarPlay was introduced midyear. If you'll read my expanded post above, you'll see the reason for the diminished functionality. I found that on the MVI website and added it to my text.

I could point you to several threads on a competing forum if you like; being a newcomer here, I'm not sure whether that behavior is tolerated.
 

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Thanks for the PM/Private Message/Conversation:

I read through the 400 replies to the thread you referenced and gleaned a lot of information and insight. The main thing that I took away is the core issue was with the "3LT" 2014 and late 2015 Z06 with PDR and Navigation but did not have Carplay where they ran into issues of losing some functionality when they installed the Carplay Mod.

However, there was a person who actually was a programmer for the GM HMI and was successful and reprogramming the HMI for those with the problems also while provide the same products as Infotainment but about 20% less in cost. Many people seems to be very happy and impressed with the programmer.

This was a brief update but it was a lot to read and digest so I will through the thread again when I get more time.
 
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