2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Ease of Use
I've had a Kenwood KDC-X998 for almost exactly a year. It was easy to install and Crutchfield tech support has been top-notch! I love the seamless (but somewhat slow to pair) bluetooth interface. It always finds my iPhone 6 but takes about 90 seconds to connect. That said, the unit is impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion. The volume knob is too sensitive and all of the other buttons are too small to press in a moving vehicle. Using the remote helps though. The display goes dark a lot - not sure why. Sometimes the unit just goes completely dead. It comes back when the vehicle is turned off then back on (my OEM unit did this occasionally too but, not as frequently). When the display starts going dark when a button on the face is pressed, then I know it's time to clean the faceplate connector contacts again (so far about 4 times a year - more frequently in the winter). A lot of the time pressing the > button quickly (skip track) gets the press-and-hold button feature (fast forward), which is super annoying. It does this from the face buttons and from the remote too.
Pros: Easy to install, Looks great, Seamless bluetooth, Customizable display
Cons: Impossible to use while the vehicle is in motion, Faceplate contacts require frequent cleaning, Display frequently goes out, Unit needs to be reset frequently, Button functions are ambiguous, Volume knob bounces - try to turn the volume down quick and the volume goes up or to some random level