Re: ipod integration with car stereo
I think my head unit does that and its 3 years old.
It shouldn't be hard to find one that will work. The nightmare would be integrating it into a Honda interior. I've seen the dash mount kits for recent Hondas and they usually have a big pile of extra buttons and dials because the CD players are actually built into the instrument panel rather than being a separate device.
As long as the vehicle you're buying has an Aux\Line-In jack somewhere you can run any MP3 player through it. Having the vehicles controls operate the iPod is another thing entirely though. You may want to look into getting some kind of simple iPod Dock (with controls on it) that is meant for use in a car.
If you really want the controls built into the stereo you'll either have to have most of the instrument panel replaced and an aftermarket stereo put in (which will likely throw off a lot of other things including the sound quality of the existing speakers) or you could check local car audio shops to see if any of them can get one of the factory iPod-ready stereos directly from Honda (which is probably extremely expensive). It really depends on how different the stereos are between the two models you're looking at. If the USB Connect feature is just an extra wire plugged into the back of the standard stereo it'll probably be a lot easier and cheaper to get your existing system "upgraded" to the one with iPod support.
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