2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

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2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby FordEscapeFan - November 18th, 2016, 4:36 pm

I have searched around and I didn't find the answer to my question. If i missed something I apologize and would love a link! Thanks!

Issue: My wife has a 2009 Ford Escape XLT with no Sync. its black exterior with cloth seats and plastic dash that are tan colored. She loves the car, but she is taking a lot of work calls on the road now and really wants a car with bluetooth music and phone capabilities. So for her birthday I wanted to upgrade her stereo to achieve that.

Looking for reasonably priced and attractive recommendations for adding Bluetooth calling and music streaming to her Escape. Her steering wheel and dash have the "call, hang up, etc..." buttons but when you press them it says something along the lines of unavailable, etc..

How hard is it to add a Sync module? If that isn't recommended/too expensive any recommendations on attractive aftermarket additions? Most of what I have seen replace the enter plastic front with black or silver plate that wouldn't really match with tan colored dash. I wouldn't mind that much but she has explicit told me she thinks the unmatched covers look terrible. haha so that is probably a no go. I do not see a microphone anywhere so I would need to add one and she has stated she really wants the steering wheel controls to work.

Thank you in advance!
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Re: 2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby Escape94 - November 18th, 2016, 6:49 pm

:hi: :welcome: :hi:

I wouldn't recommend adding SYNC itself just get an aftermarket headunit. Crutchfield has gotten good recommendations for walking you through the whole process. Check out carid for some dash kits. Hope that helps getting you on the right track
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Re: 2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby Squirrel - November 19th, 2016, 4:29 pm

I second forgetting the sync and going aftermarket. I put a Boss BV9384NV in my wifes car ('07 Ford Freestyle Limited w/audiophile system) for her B-day back in January and she loves it. I also have the same thing in my '04 Escape.

Regardless of what you end up buying, it will be leaps and bounds better than the factory setup.

$175.00:

https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-BV9384NV-Do ... B01686P28O
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Re: 2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby justchecking - November 19th, 2016, 10:55 pm

Does she use a smartphone (Apple or Android)? If so, look at a Pioneer AVH-4200NEX. Assuming she has an Apple, then she'll get steering wheel controls, bluetooth calling, bluetooth music, SIRI, Carplay (Apple Maps), text messaging (via SIRI voice), HD radio, Sirius, and more if she wants it, etc. If she has an android she will get Android Auto. I prefer Carplay, my daughter prefers Auto. We use both in the Escape. My 13 year old hops in and starts bluetooth Christmas music first thing.

I used Crutchfield and they sold me the wiring kit, etc for the steering wheel controls. If you want gages, tire pressures (I assume the XLT has that available, engine codes), etc then you can get the Idatalink also. I believe they also resell a tan bezel. You can chat with a specialist to get answers for your Escape.

Pioneer has a $100 rebate on the 4200 now (if purchased thru Crutchfield). I also recieved a refund on an internet price guarantee from my credit card and double the manufacturers warranty.

Look at my recent post for my 2012 Escape upgrade.
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Re: 2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby CrocadileUT - November 22nd, 2016, 7:04 am

Another vote to forget Sync, its antiquated compared to Siri or Google Now thru your smartphone.

I'm using a Kenwood receiver I purchased thru Crutchfield and simple steering wheel control adapter that works great. I use streaming Bluetooth and Siri commands all the time without issue.
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Re: 2009 XLT Radio Upgrade

Postby justchecking - November 22nd, 2016, 11:23 pm

I'm also using the TUNEIN Radio app to listen to my favorite radio station when I am out of radio range (I am just on the fringe of the maximum range). I'm discovering lots of things I couldn't do before.
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