2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Backup Cam and Sat Radio Upgrades
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 23, 2015
Two items were missing from the head unit install we did a few weeks ago on our long-term 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: a backup camera and an adapter to restore the satellite radio functionality lost when we replaced the factory head unit.
Many of today's cars come standard with a rearview cam and it's not a stretch to think that a tech-savvy millennial (the demographic that inspired this long-term project in the first place) might want the same on their car. Our Pioneer AVH-4100NEX head unit has the capability to display a backup camera signal and Pioneer was nice enough to send us one.
The Pioneer ND-BC8 goes for about $87 on Amazon. This camera is on the pricier end, but since it's the same brand as the head unit, we could expect perfect compatibility. The Esky EX180-19 camera, which costs about $40, is a less expensive alternative.
The sat-radio upgrade we did for ourselves. Some studies indicate that satellite radio usage is quite low among millennials, but many of us on staff are avid SiriusXM listeners, so it was important to restore that functionality. The SiriusXM SXV300 is a tuner and antenna that work on any "SiriusXM ready" stereo. List price is about $70, but Amazon was selling it for about $40. We needed the part quickly so we went to Best Buy and had them price-match the item for the Amazon price.
We took the Charger to PCH Audio in Wilmington, the same shop that installed the Pioneer head unit. It took them about three hours to install the parts. The installation would cost about $100. The total estimated cost of this project was about $238.
We'll have more detailed impressions about the camera in future posts.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 71,005 miles