2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: iPod Integration Sore Point

July 31, 2009

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JRiz recently gushed about how bitchin' the iPod integration is in our 2009 Nissan 370Z, and I agree with everything he said. Our 2009 Infiniti FX50 has the exact same interface, and our 2009 Nissan GT-R is 95% the same save for a smaller, off-center control wheel.

But all of them have an annoying flaw that only creeps into the picture when you are listening to your iPod when a bluetooth call comes in through your paired phone. And I always pair my Bluetooth phone to the cars I drive whenever I can, so the following happens to me a lot.

The iPod doesn't automatically pause when a handsfree call comes in. What's more, there's no way I can find to switch back to the iPod screen (where the touch screen pause control resides) while a call is ongoing. All I can do is manually rewind my program to where it was (if I can find it) once the call ends.

It's no big deal if the call is short and I'm listening to music I've heard a bazillion times before. But it's annoying as heck when listening to an audiobook, podcast or anything else that needs to be followed word for word. I listen to podcasts about 75% of the time these days so I run into this a lot in these NIssan family vehicles.

It doesn't have to be this way. Other cars do the auto-pause thingy when calls come in. Still others allow access to the audio screen's pause control or let you switch to FM or AM (a trick that forces an iPod pause) mid-call. None of this works here. Of course if any longtime owners know of a workaround, I'm all ears. The manual's certainly no help, as it treats Bluetooth and iPod as two entirely seperate systems.

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Dan Edmunds, Director of VehicleTesting @ 9,797 miles


PS: The white card is there to obscure Mike's phone number. Sorry girls.

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