Alpine CDE-133 BT not all it seemed to be...
Ease of Use
On first appearances, it seemed to be typical Alpine quality that would not disappoint. After owning it for a few months, the problems started. First, in a 2005 Honda Civic, the dash is angled so that the display on this unit was not visible except after the sun had set or if you happened to be in a parking garage or tunnel. Second, the bluetooth connectivity was a hit or miss. The unit would sometimes not connect to my phone at all. The only way to remedy this problem was to completely shut the car off, remove the ignition key and restart the car. This was a very annoying problem with this unit. I contacted Alpine support and Crutchfield about this and both places told me that there was not a fix for the problem. Third, about 3 years into ownership of this unit, the CD player began to malfunction. The disc would not eject and also would not load and play while in the unit. I have since learned that the transport mechanism on the CDE-133BT is a common failure point. I have owned several Alpine head units and this one, by far, has been the most disappointing.
Pros: Nice sound Easy to use
Cons: Display hard to see in daylight conditions. Poor connectivity using bluetooth. CD player malfunctioned after 3 years.