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Where did you buy your 2017 head unit? Do you know what the part number is??
I bought my unit from someone here on the forums; however, I don't remember the part number off the top of my head, although, I do remember it matching the 2017 Touring version I was looking for and is listed earlier in this thread.
 

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Can anyone confirm this will work with my 2016 Pilot Touring w/ Navigation, RES, and Rear/Side Camera.

Part # 39540-TG7-A42RM


I know it's just the head unit itself and not the screen or vents like we see more often but it looks easy enough to do and I'm pretty sure this is what I need. As I've seen others need to unlock their unit with a code from the previous VIN, I'm curious what has to be done with this, if anything, since it isn't used.
 

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I have a 2016 EX-L and finally got around to trying this. I actually bought one from a 2019 EX model because I wanted to get the volume knob instead of just having the touch screen option. According to LKQ and other sites this fits. However, it appears they are talking about just the "fit" in the dash and not compatibility. The 2019 unit is made by Denso and not Clarion so the ports are different in the back. In a prior post it was mentioned that the 2019's do not have the LaneWatch camera. That feature is there for the 2019 EX and EX-L units so I was expecting it to still function.

Here's the back of the 2016.
Computer cooling Circuit component Electronic instrument Electronic engineering Computer hardware


Here's the back of the 2019:

Gas Automotive exterior Electrical wiring Machine Engineering


Looks like I will need to ship this back and get one from a 2017 or 2018.
 

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Can someone remind me what the differences are between the '17 & 18 EX radios and '17 & 18 EX-L radios? The part numbers are different but would an EX radio (no NAV no RES) work in an EX-L with no NAV and No RES? What features would be missing if I did this?

Also did the '18 models still have the camera in the passenger mirror? I can't remember if they removed that in '18 or in '19 when they did the refresh but my '16 has it and my wife wants it to remain operational.
 

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Hi I did all these steps got a doner unit . And got the codes. But have no sound . We'll if u put your ear on the speaker you can hear it ? So don't know what else I can do. Any help thanks
 

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For those that have done the upgrade from a 2016 to a 17 or 18, does the newer until perform better? Specifically things like turning on faster when you start the vehicle or respond faster to screen taps. The one in the 2016 is really slow.
 

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For those that have done the upgrade from a 2016 to a 17 or 18, does the newer until perform better? Specifically things like turning on faster when you start the vehicle or respond faster to screen taps. The one in the 2016 is really slow.
It is not perceptibly faster in my opinion. At least, I don't recall noticing a significant difference between the 2016 unit to the 2017 unit; not sure on the 2018 unit. And, while I did gain Apple CarPlay as a part of the switch, I lost some functionality from the center display such as the compass is locked into one position, regardless of traveling direction and I no longer get navigation notices on the center display like I would with the 2016 unit. (I have a 2016 Touring).

I have a 2016 Honda Pilot Touring with NAV/RES. Looking to upgrade to 2017 NAV/RES to get Apple Carplay. Based on my research, the part number is
39542-TG7-A42. But the price from Honda Parts Network is $2843.81. Does this seem right?

Link to the part: 2017 Honda Pilot Black-Box Assembly (Clarion) 39542-TG7-A42 | Honda Parts Network
The part cost looks about right; that is why most folks wait around the used parts market to pick one up at a fraction of the price.
 
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It is not perceptibly faster in my opinion. At least, I don't recall noticing a significant difference between the 2016 unit to the 2017 unit; not sure on the 2018 unit. And, while I did gain Apple CarPlay as a part of the switch, I lost some functionality from the center display such as the compass is locked into one position, regardless of traveling direction and I no longer get navigation notices on the center display like I would with the 2016 unit. (I have a 2016 Touring).



The part cost looks about right; that is why most folks wait around the used parts market to pick one up at a fraction of the price.
After a little more research, I was able to find a unit with East Park Auto Recycling for $400 plus shipping. Once I got it and installed will report back.
 

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Hi all!

So I just started looking into replacing the head unit on my 2016 Elite with a 2017 Elite head unit to get Android Auto (and volume knob would be a nice addition!). I'm pretty sure I have the right part number of the 2017 Elite head unit with 39540-TG7-A52RM, but I have some questions. I did go through a lot of this thread but there's a lot to sift through.

  • For those that have made this particular replacement, what issues have you encountered? I saw a few posts about the compass not working but I don't use the compass so I'm not concerned about that.
    • Has everything else worked as far as settings that control parts of the car, like the door locks, etc? Any issues controlling the rear entertainment/blu-ray player?
  • What is a core charge? I've seen a $1000 core charge on a couple of the OEM parts sites. Does that mean they'll charge me an extra $1000 on top of the price of the 2017 head unit, and I'll get refunded that $1000 when I send the retailer my 2016 head unit? Found this answer in the OEM site's FAQ. Still don't know the answer about whether I'll get the core charge back if they get the 2016 head unit and are expecting a 2017 head unit.
    • Are they expecting a 2017 head unit in return? What happens if they get the 2016 and they're expecting the 2017? Do they keep part of that core charge?
  • I have some work done at the dealership occasionally. Will they say anything about the 2017 head unit? Does it violate any sort of warranty?
Otherwise the swap seems to be pretty straight forward. I just need to go back and make sure I have post-swap troubleshooting ready in case I encounter the boot loop and things like that.

Thanks, all!
 

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Thanks to the info on this thread, I can add my name to the list of successful upgrades.

Found a used 2017 screen and receiver assembly off a 2017 Touring and installed it on my wife's 16 Touring.

Finding the correct unit was the most difficult part of all.

I searched LKQ and Car-Part websites for hours until I figured out what to look for.
99% of the parts they listed under 2017/18 Pilots were actually the 2016 p/n.

LKQ was the easiest to navigate, I just scrolled thru each listing and decoded the VIN that they show as the source for that part.
Once I found the exact unit, I called LKQ and asked them to send me photos showing all angles, including the label with the p/n and serial no.

I then logged onto Honda's site, entered the VIN and serial number to make sure the two were a match before committing to purchase.

Got the package yesterday and installed it in less than an hour.
The sixth unlock code on the email Honda sent me did the trick and everything is working perfectly. My wife is happy now.

Thanks again to all those who contributed to this thread.
 

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I read through this whole thread and wow. Great stuff! I have a question though that I'm not sure was answered. I have a 2016 EX-L with the Rear Entertainment package. I ordered a radio from a 2017 EX (it was all I could find that didn't cost $800). Does anyone know if the unit in the 2017 EX and EX-L with the RES are the same? I'm thinking it probably is and that the unit only shows the RES controls if it reads the wiring structure. Here's hoping anyway. If anyone can confirm or deny my suspicions though you'll save me a tear-out and fingers crossed test. I'd rather go back to the radio hunt now than get one in that doesn't do what it needs to (wife was over the moon about the DVD capabilities).

Any help here would be appreciated!
Did you end up finding the solution for your 2016 EX-L with RES? I have the same model and not sure if LKQ websites radio for 2017 EX-L only w/o RES will work with the 2016 EX-L with RES? If not, will the 2017 Touring work with the EX-L with RES then? Thanks!
 

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Did you end up finding the solution for your 2016 EX-L with RES? I have the same model and not sure if LKQ websites radio for 2017 EX-L only w/o RES will work with the 2016 EX-L with RES? If not, will the 2017 Touring work with the EX-L with RES then? Thanks!

I believe the answer to that question is buried in this thread somewhere and if memory serves me correctly, it does work. I think I remember reading that you could go up in trim levels (a Touring unit in an EX) without issue but not down trim levels (an EX unit in a Touring). However, I would recommend confirming my account of the details (it should be in this one; and if not, a different thread on the same basic topic).
 

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I believe the answer to that question is buried in this thread somewhere and if memory serves me correctly, it does work. I think I remember reading that you could go up in trim levels (a Touring unit in an EX) without issue but not down trim levels (an EX unit in a Touring). However, I would recommend confirming my account of the details (it should be in this one; and if not, a different thread on the same basic topic).
Thanks for the reply! I have read most if not all of the posts on this thread and what I gather is if I have 2016 EX-L with RES, then I have to replace it with 2017 or 2018 EX-L with RES radio, since they have the same connectors. I believe ThaNatrix was also having similar issue to find this particular unit, but instead using the dongle temporarily. I found his thread here with some info: CarPlay on 2016 Pilot IDEA. Let’s Collaborate! | Honda Pilot - Honda Pilot Forums (piloteers.org)
I believe the Touring or Elite radio uses external amp so it won't work for EX-L models, which has different speaker/amp built-in. I have checked LKQ and various other online Honda parts sites but with no avail. The part number is 39540-TG7-A33 or A34 for 2018. I'm not sure what the part number is for 2017 though.
 
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