Anti_Climax wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:13 pm
It's been long enough that I can't remember if it was something I tweaked with Forscan. I don't think it was. Might be worth a look all the same.
Thanks Anti_Climax! That's exactly what I was looking for. It only took a little over 6 years for me to finally be fed up with the worthlessly slow Sync 2 and start down the path to Sync 3. Also the thought of getting Micro$oft out of my car feels good.
My drama filled search lead me to a few pertinent details. Rambling in no particular order... Sync 3 came out on at least '16 Focus and Escape models, I believe others but not verified. All '17+ Ford models and '18+ Lincolns are Sync 3. Fiesta has a smaller screen so don't bother with those. Sync 2 screens are incompatible with the Sync 3 module. The difference between NAV and non-NAV units are the non-NAV units do not have enough internal storage for the maps. You can enable the NAV button on the screen but the unit will just throw a navigation error. Also the Sync 3 NAV software detects the difference and wont install so don't waste your time thinking you might be able to add NAV to a non-NAV module.
I am 98% there with having it all working and back together. I intend to do a write up in the next couple of weeks for anyone that wants to DIY this. The swap is surprisingly easy if you are the least bit technically inclined. The hard part was finding a NAV unit and figuring out what needs to be done to make it all work. I have 2 Sync 3 screens/modules, both from '18 models. One has NAV and one does not. Both worked plug and play but not with all the relevant features enabled.
The climate controls in Sync 3 are not enabled by default on the FFE. It's a simple option switch that can be changed in FORScan. I'm not sure there's much value added by enabling this as the physical controls are a few inches below the screen. However I will enable it for a while and turn it off later if I find it annoying.
I have a yard down the street from me that has a handful of very reasonably priced screens with non-NAV modules. If anyone is interested, I would consider assisting with procuring and programming them so they would be a drop in replacement.