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3rd Gen Tacoma software upgrade

Stealthspawn

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Do any of you know if there is a way to switch out the software on the infotainment system in the 3rd gen tacoma to the new 4th gen 2024 tacomas? Would it compatible?
 
There is no chance of the new HU fitting without a ton of work. Plus I highly doubt anything would sync up on it and your AC vents would be blocked. If you're speaking strictly software, you can check for updates on the Toyota site, but the functionality of the stock HU is extremely limited and it is insanely slow. Much better to just swap it out.

Toyota Updates Link: https://www.toyota.com/firmware-updates

If you want to upgrade, the DMH-WC6600NEX is a fantastic upgrade that fits in the bezel and still retains all the factory functions with a Maestro and a few adapters. Also provides wireless AA/CP (the main reason that this won for me vs the Stinger unit).

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Did we even ever find out if you could swap a stock 2016~ HU with a later 3rd gen one with AndroidAuto/Carplay?
 
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Did we even ever find out if you could swap a stock 2016~ HU with a later 3rd gen one with AndroidAuto/Carplay?
This is possible, but requires a wiring harness kit and possibly the 'premium' bezel. I forget the site but there is a pnp harness available for the swap. It's a pretty crap headunit though and super buggy when running AA/CP. IMO it's still better to upgrade to aftermarket. I have not missed mine since I sold it.
 
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offtopic maybe threadjack: does Android Auto just drop regularly with the OEM headunit circa 2023 Taco or is it just always buggy?

I have been pretty frustrated with it since I have wanted to be able to use Android Auto since it first came out and my '23 Taco has been my first real use. The fact that it is so buggy is more distracting that just using my phone while driving partially due to the frustration of Waze dropping off or my SiriusXM flaking out jumping to live if I am listening to a recent show that I was able to rewind. Just examples and venting.

I did get The Magic Link and am trying that out for wireless Android Auto. Have only been using it for a couple days, but not bad so far. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D13171WS/?tag=tacoma3g-20

Have been gaslighted thinking that maybe my phone is the problem rather than my headunit, but really do not know.
 
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offtopic maybe threadjack: does Android Auto just drop regularly with the OEM headunit circa 2023 Taco or is it just always buggy?

I have been pretty frustrated with it since I have wanted to be able to use Android Auto since it first came out and my '23 Taco has been my first real use. The fact that it is so buggy is more distracting that just using my phone while driving partially due to the frustration of Waze dropping off or my SiriusXM flaking out jumping to live if I am listening to a recent show that I was able to rewind. Just examples and venting.

I did get The Magic Link and am trying that out for wireless Android Auto. Have only been using it for a couple days, but not bad so far. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D13171WS/?tag=tacoma3g-20

Have been gaslighted thinking that maybe my phone is the problem rather than my headunit, but really do not know.
This is most of the reason I was telling RevN3 that the stock headunit sucks even though it supports the technology. It's incredibly buggy for AA. My stock hu would also have pauses all the time when streaming, even directly connected. It was infuriating how badly it worked (tried a few different phones as well). I also tried a couple different wireless adapters and they were all terrible and verrrry laggy.

Zero issues since changing to the Pioneer. This is 100% a stock headunit issue.
 
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offtopic maybe threadjack: does Android Auto just drop regularly with the OEM headunit circa 2023 Taco or is it just always buggy?

I have been pretty frustrated with it since I have wanted to be able to use Android Auto since it first came out and my '23 Taco has been my first real use. The fact that it is so buggy is more distracting that just using my phone while driving partially due to the frustration of Waze dropping off or my SiriusXM flaking out jumping to live if I am listening to a recent show that I was able to rewind. Just examples and venting.

I did get The Magic Link and am trying that out for wireless Android Auto. Have only been using it for a couple days, but not bad so far. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D13171WS/?tag=tacoma3g-20

Have been gaslighted thinking that maybe my phone is the problem rather than my headunit, but really do not know.
I had similar problems and switched to an AAwireless Android Auto adapter. Until I saw your post, I had forgotten that I had ever had dropouts with AA. Rock solid with wireless.
 
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I'll get that pioneer hu being that it does AA wirelessly. Seems like the only other way to do wireless AA is to get that AA adaptor. Is that correct? Thank you all for the messages back.
 
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I'll get that pioneer hu being that it does AA wirelessly. Seems like the only other way to do wireless AA is to get that AA adaptor. Is that correct? Thank you all for the messages back.
Any HU that supports wireless AA should work fine, this one is just really nice to use. I feel like it should be a little faster for the price, but it fits perfect and looks like it could be OEM. You won't need a dash kit for it, but you will have to drill 1 hole in the factory mounting brackets for install, along with an iDatalink Maestro and a few adapters if you wish to retain all the factory functions. The factory mic will also be inop after installing so you'll need to run the mic that comes with the Pioneer.

This should be everything for the HU itself to keep everything functional and fully pnp (this is copy and pasted from a dm I sent on here a while back so hopefully all the links still work):

Pioneer 6600 HU: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_130DMC6600/Pioneer-DMH-WC6600NEX.html
iDatalink RR2: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794ADSMRR2/iDatalink-Maestro-RR2-Interface-Module.html
iDatalink wiring harnesses: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794HR...ADS-MRR-or-ADS-MRR2-module-also-required.html
iDatalink pioneer harness: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794HUPIO1/iDatalink-ACC-HU-PIO1.html
iDatalink usb adapter: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794USBTO3/iDatalink-UTO3-USB-Adapter.html
Antenna Adapter: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_12040LX11/Metra-40-LX11-Antenna-Adapter.html
iDatalink SAT-TO2: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K03PORU/?tag=tacoma3g-20
Anker USB-C to USB 3.1 Adapter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COOQIKU/?tag=tacoma3g-20

I also grabbed an OBD2 splitter to make it look like nothing had been touched while the hu is connected.

bbfly-B11 OBD II OBD2 Splitter Extension 16 Pin Extension Cable Adapter (0.5FT/15CM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CWG7WM/?tag=tacoma3g-20

Info thread from the other forum: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/pioneer-dmh-wc6600nex-information-thread.672425/
 
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trying a different cable on my Magic Link to see if it makes a difference

used Mom's 2020 RAV4 yesterday with wired Android Auto for a couple of hours drive and not sure I had any dropouts which makes me feel like maybe my 2023 Taco for some reason - will see how things change with the different cable
 
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trying a different cable on my Magic Link to see if it makes a difference

used Mom's 2020 RAV4 yesterday with wired Android Auto for a couple of hours drive and not sure I had any dropouts which makes me feel like maybe my 2023 Taco for some reason - will see how things change with the different cable
It's the headunit and the media connection it supports. It's only a USB2.0 connection, so a high quality cable won't help. Already been thru all of that lol.
 
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It's the headunit and the media connection it supports. It's only a USB2.0 connection, so a high quality cable won't help. Already been thru all of that lol.

should be a crime for it not to work like it is supposed to with no fix available

I know I mentioned before, I have wanted Android Auto for so long and am extremely disappointed with how it works in my 2023 Taco

why does it work so well in the RAV4?!
 
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should be a crime for it not to work like it is supposed to with no fix available

I know I mentioned before, I have wanted Android Auto for so long and am extremely disappointed with how it works in my 2023 Taco

why does it work so well in the RAV4?!
Couldn't tell you, but the hardware in the Taco headunit is awful and Toyota doesn't like to change things so they never improved it beyond adding features that don't work well to use as marketing gimmicks. They make really good drivetrains, but their electrical features lack. Perfect for me since I planned to change everything anyway, but I feel like they could have done a better job overall with refining these trucks with how popular they are. Insane this many people are okay with mediocrity. I had to swap the headunit out in my tC also because once I got a new phone the BT stopped working because the HU only supported BT V1. Toyota (and most other MFG's) factory headunits just suck. I've heard mixed reviews on that AA Wireless adapter working on these. Some seem to love it and some have bad luck, like me, and nothing works. Stay far far away from the Carlinkit adapter too.
 
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loved my gen 1 tC!

maybe I will eventually update the headunit like you did, but extremely annoyed that they could not be bothered to get it right
 
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Do you know if the
Pioneer DMH-WT7600NEX will work too? I'll be doing this soon. Thanos for everything!
The big thing to keep in mind with these is the monitor size. The DMH-WT7600NEX is more or less the same dimensions so it should fit fine without having to cut anything. Many are larger though and don't fit. If there is a fitment issue and you order from Crutchfield they'll swap it out no questions asked (in my experience). Also I would recommend the Maestro RR2 vs the RR as it's less buggy.
 
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a friend of mine has a previous year model 4Runner and says hers does not drop Android Auto

why is the Taco the stepchild of this working correctly?

does Apple CarPlay work fine in the Taco?

I am Android only so mostly curious
 
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a friend of mine has a previous year model 4Runner and says hers does not drop Android Auto

why is the Taco the stepchild of this working correctly?

does Apple CarPlay work fine in the Taco?

I am Android only so mostly curious
Yup it appears to be just the 3g tacos with the newer headunits that have the issue.

From what I can tell, CarPlay does not have issues and it is only AA that does. Either way tho, no wireless no care.
 
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