2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Updating Stereo Firmware
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 22, 2015
Firmware updates are inevitable with any modern high-tech device. In a perfect world, everything would be connected to the Internet and things would update themselves while you sleep. While some things, like my iPhone, can do that already, the Pioneer stereo on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 cannot.
I stumbled on this firmware update while researching the Pioneer website for an article. There was a tab labeled "Firmware and Software," so I clicked on it. There lay a file for updating the firmware of our unit to version 1.03.
Here's what it covered:
Expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto
Fixed a pop noise problem while playing a music file in SD
Minor bug fixes
The first bullet point caught my attention, because Caroline Pardilla, one of the few Edmunds editors with an Android phone, said the head unit would not recognize her phone. My hope was that this would alleviate the issue.
I downloaded the file to a FAT32-formatted USB drive. Pioneer requires the drive to have at least 2GB of storage space.
After verifying that we were running version 1.0, I pressed the "firmware update" button in the Settings menu. It prompts you to plug the thumb drive into the USB1 port of the receiver. Luckily, we have a cord with a female plug, so there was no need to locate it on the back of the head unit.
The next screen (top photo) is the point of no return. Once you hit "Start" the firmware update begins and you get this DOS-looking screen. It took roughly eight minutes to complete the update. Once you see the screen below, it's safe to remove the USB drive. You hit the home button to reboot the stereo and finalize the update.
The whole process was very easy and took about 10 minutes. I recommend printing out the instructions to follow the proper order of things. Stay tuned for a follow-up report after we test the update for its advanced Android capability.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor