Summary: We have a 2002 GMC Sierra, which we wanted GPS, Ipod controls, bluetooth and a reverse camera (for towing) installed in. The truck does not have a double DIN size stereo, so our options were limited in the in-dash setups. We didn't like the motorized units, so we looked into the AVIC-F500BT. The unit is a little bunky (its got a huge screen), but we had a great spot below the HVAC controls, on the center console. It took some ingenuity, but we got it mounted nicely.
Summary: I've been using F500BT with a Pioneer AMP, backup camera, iPod for the last two years. Overall it's a nice unit - it is portable (you can take into a different car, but it's not meant to be operated off of battery. I've integrated my unit fully into the car with the optional ND-G500 amp, so all of the navigation prompts and phone calls are actually made through my car's stereo.
Summary: The firmware and the maps were already upgraded on this unit that I bought used. I added a backup camera and the amp/gateway and had it all professionally installed. The one problem: this unit doesn't handle a USB flash drive correctly. On boot up it recognizes the flash drive and starts it at the beginning every time. When I turn the ignition off with thw flash drive attached the unit freezes and has to be powered down by hand. I'mstill working on solving this problem.
Summary: its a cool product easy to install, but the dash stand sticky part is worthless had to stick it to the glass. one other thing is that you need the amp that goes to it to hear music though your car speakers it has a connections but you have to turn it way up and it ruins the quality
Summary: A bigger sreen makes all the difference...this allows for easy quick viewing while driving with the best 3D mode I've seen. Even others have commented on the clear large screen. Accuracy is has been spot on and once you figure out the controls the system is easy to use. my ITouch doesn't work with it...and that's my biggest complaint so far. Don't think this will solve all your problems but at the price I paid for a new unit $178 all-in it was worth it.
Summary: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT Navigation System with Digital Player and LCD I have used this GPS on 3 separate trips in the past month, and the only problem I have found is the volume is very low, and I have followed the makers directions, and it does not allow the sound to be "turned up" to a level I can hear while moving.
Summary: At first the owners guide seemed somewhat disorganized and hard to navigate. Time and practice made it simpler. The unit functions well and as described. The editing of your current route is a little cumbersome, but perhaps with more practice, that too will seem less troublesome. The screen and displays are setup nicely and easily readable.
Summary: This GPS has a great screen, easy to navigate, easy to use, but two VERY annoying issues in my opinion. It sometimes takes up to 5 seconds to start up. You will never just get in your car, turn it on, and start out. You have to really hold the "on" button and you wait forever before it is ready for you to put in some destination point. VERY ANNOYING. And second, it is not loud enough. No matter what voice you choose, with volume at MAX, it ain't very loud.
Pros: -Screen Size->It's huge -Accuracy->accurate to within 10 feet -Recalibration->Very fast -Tons of POI -Comfortable transition coloring between night colors and day colors. -2D and 3D map options. -Shows expressway lanes with multiple arrows.
Cons: Sorry see summary to get full explanation of Cons...Not enough room here.