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For those that have had some time playing around with Ford's new SYNC3, what do you think of it? I had the MyFord Touch system in two previous vehicles (Focus ST and F150) and it drove me nuts.
 

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I lasted exactly 1/2 of 1 day with the stock Sync 3 stereo. Upgraded it IMMEDIATELY with ICQ digitizer, 2 10 inch subs and 2 Alpine amps. 1 for subs and 1 for the other 6 speakers, which I also replaced with Alpines. Now I can turn it up! 20160529_112209.jpg
 

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I think Sync 3 is pretty good, but I had a couple questions. Apple CarPlay is supposed to be coming for Sync 3, but I also heard that additional hardware will be needed - anyone know what this hardware is?

And apparently the navigation maps don't get updated with other Sync 3 updates. Does anyone know if we'll need to pay for future map updates?
 

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I tried doing this same exact thing using similar components you did here and got some weird feedback noise through the speakers when the car was in gear and moving. Any issues with your install?
I had Crazy Stereo in Fountain Valley do the install and they couldn't figure it out. Ended up just keeping the mono amp and sub. Had to remove the Alpine 4 channel amp.
 

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I tried doing this same exact thing using similar components you did here and got some weird feedback noise through the speakers when the car was in gear and moving. Any issues with your install?
I had Crazy Stereo in Fountain Valley do the install and they couldn't figure it out. Ended up just keeping the mono amp and sub. Had to remove the Alpine 4 channel amp.
There is a module in the GT350 that feeds enhanced engine sound to the head unit. Many people that have done this stereo upgrade have run into the same problem. The better quality systems will throw that feature off balance any make it very annoying. So far no-one has found a way to disable that feature. There are a number of threads on this issue on all of the forums.
 

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I think Sync 3 is pretty good, but I had a couple questions. Apple CarPlay is supposed to be coming for Sync 3, but I also heard that additional hardware will be needed - anyone know what this hardware is?

And apparently the navigation maps don't get updated with other Sync 3 updates. Does anyone know if we'll need to pay for future map updates?
Hello Rambler358, don't know if you have gotten an answer yet since this post is a tad old, but I have a 2017 GT350 with the electronics package with Sync 3 and Apple CarPlay was included. The only thing you would need is the USB to Lightning cable that came with your phone. Just plug your phone into one of the USB outlets in the car (center console storage box or under the AC controls).

You might have to go into the Sync 3 settings, under Apple CarPlay > Enable
 

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Hello Rambler358, don't know if you have gotten an answer yet since this post is a tad old, but I have a 2017 GT350 with the electronics package with Sync 3 and Apple CarPlay was included. The only thing you would need is the USB to Lightning cable that came with your phone. Just plug your phone into one of the USB outlets in the car (center console storage box or under the AC controls).
I have a 2016 GT350, and CarPlay didn't come with the Sync 3 system. Ford finally did release a software update that supports CarPlay, but I also needed to purchase a new USB hub. So everything's a go and CarPlay is working now. Just wish that an update comes out that allows you to use CarPlay wirelessly.
 

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The old system was complicated and confusing. The newer system is more straight forward and more user friendly.

Working at a Ford store it was a good move on Fords part to part ways with Microsoft

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The old system was complicated and confusing. The newer system is more straight forward and more user friendly.

Working at a Ford store it was a good move on Fords part to part ways with Microsoft

don

Don, completely agree I had a couple of vehicles with the "My Ford Touch" and it was slow, tended to freeze up and balky to use. Now the Synch is much better. I have it on my 2016 F-150 KR and not sure what version it is but I can hear texts or read if not moving and dictate texts via Siri, etc. Now with the 2017 I have all the same capabilities, but there are several small/thoughtful improvements to the system to make it quicker/easier/more intuitive to use. You would only notice if using a recent version of sync (like between my 2016 and 2017). One thing I miss with the "My Ford Touch" was a better looking screen as I'm not really a fan of the simplistic light blue (or black at night) screen colors, but you get used to it. Sync 3 is so much more than the audio portion, but I have to agree Ford has not done a good job with audio...pretty much ever. I generally have to upgrade tunes, and it has become harder with the proprietary head units now. For instance my 2016 KR has the Sony "premium" sounds (LOL) and due to the proprietary signal processing via the head unit it is difficult to add an aftermarket amp to the door speakers w/o losing some functionality in the head unit, steering wheel controls, etc.
 

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The best audio in this car exists with the windows down, in performance exhaust mode, driving on mointain roads (sync 3 OFF). But honestly Sync 3 is functionally OK, but drivers (speakers) are weak. Probably would be better if Ford teamed with a speaker company like Bose, Polk or JBL... upgrades are necessary if you need high quality audio. Apple Car Play requires a tether cable BTW.
 

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I think I've only had the radio on twice since I've owned this beast. Much rather listen that 5.2/526Hp talk to me !!!
 
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