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I purchased the EX 2011 on a tight budget back in October. We didn't want to go to the lowest model the LX, well, cause it sucks. We meet in the middle sort of speak which was the EX.

My commander in chief wanted to add things that the higher models have. One was the rear view camera. The dealer wanted 500 Plus for installation. Is that worth it or should we buy aftermarket?

And the commander in chief wanted GPS. But doesnt realize that I can buy a TOM TOM or Garmin. Personally I don't need that from the dealer.
 

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I really do like the camera in the EX-L. The fact that it is integrated into the MID is very nice. I haven't loooked, but I think that integration would be a requirement for me. Another display like that would look a bit funky. As for GPS, there are models out there with every bit of the functionality of the in-built NAV and more. For the GPS I actually think it is an advantage NOT to be in-built, as I can carry the unit with me outside the car (navigation on foot) as well as move it to another car. Units have all the bells and whistles of the latest technology AND can be replaced with updated technologies for a fraction of the cost of the inbuilt NAV. IMHO Garmin is the bomb... they have models that are basic to leading edge (including voice recognition driven input). The only downside is having the cord hanging on the dash, but since we only use the GPS for a few destinationa a month, it is easily positioned for only those trips. My 2 cents.....
 

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... We meet in the middle sort of speak which was the EX.
... One was the rear view camera. The dealer wanted 500 Plus for installation. Is that worth it or should we buy aftermarket?

And the commander in chief wanted GPS. ...
I think the rearview camera is the only major omission for EX. Really shame on Honda to skip such a great safty feature (given it is standard on all 2012 CRV and comparable Sienna) and should cost them very little to add (camera head plus wiring, everything else are there already) at assembly line. Personally I won't pay $500 for that. Don't know if there is any good aftermarket one out there that blends well with Ody's nice interior/exterior.

IMHO other high end stuffs like NAV and RES will become obsolete sooner than you think (no offending to high end trim owners;)). If you plan to keep your Ody for 3 years or more, I don't think you want those built-in.
 

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IMHO other high end stuffs like NAV and RES will become obsolete sooner than you think (no offending to high end trim owners;)). If you plan to keep your Ody for 3 years or more, I don't think you want those built-in.
I agree with that (again no offense). For the price of these options, you can get equal or better technology in portable GPS and something like the IPAD or similar multi-functional entertainment devices. Heck, you could buy an IPAD for he whole family for the cost....
 

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Young and Mocha, your absolutly right. Those things will become obsolete. Its best to go non built-in upgrades.

To start off, we bought a portable dvd player that you strap onto the front seat headrest. Its wireless so no wires dangling around for the kids to trip on. It has a nice carrying case to put two screens.

Ipad- well not until my kids start asking for them. Right now at 6 to 2 years old, they're happy with the portable dvd players. Who knows when they get old enough there is already IPAD 3 and then some. Hate when they do that.

Thanks guys.
 
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