Sure... i'll inspect the harness before installation.. don't wanna take any chances...
Regarding the wooden trims, previously I had an AVN from "Mega Audio" which was installed by the dealer as an upgrade before my car got delivered. The look was pretty decent and it came with a wooden trim. Navigation powered by "Map My India". And it was a simple plug and play setup. It connected directly to the factory wiring and did not require any modifications. All features including steering wheel controls worked perfectly. I had to go for a replacement because I had a major issue with the mic clarity while speaking over the Bluetooth connection. (Dealer said that mine was the first complaint and offered a replacement but i wasn't satisfied). And I also felt that the touch sensitivity was a bit hard. I'm posting the pic of the old AVN below.
As you suggested, I had already inspected the OEM
wooden fascia and it is removable but the ones that come for the aftermarket upgrades are molded and cannot be removed. I also did search for wooden trim auto-graphics but non were available in stock online.
Now to answer your questions -
1. Does your Steering wheel controls work with pioneer F980BT ? Did you have to use any extra fitting in order for it to work ?
The F980BT does support steering wheel controls on certain cars but not in the Verna. I have a "connects2" steering wheel adapter installed and it works great. (Cost me around 1800 INR with a local dealer and 200 INR for installation)
2.How are the viewing angles of your AVN ?
The viewing angles are great. Its got an anti glare coating. But in case of direct sunlight falling on the screen, it may appear a bit dull as the AVN tilts upward a bit on the Verna.
3. Navigation Plans of ANV ?
I'm not sure who powers the maps but the update happens through Pioneer Naviextras. It has a lifetime plan and only needs to be updated once in a while. Navigation is very accurate. (saved a lot of my time during a few long trips)
4. Sound Quality if using OEM
I'm pretty much happy with the OEM
speakers and combined with the Pioneer's equalizer, the output is more than satisfactory. You could consider getting a Sub installed if you're a heavy bass lover (I'm planning to
5. Do you work/own in a Manufacturing/FMCG/Warehouse ? [Not need to reply, just curiosity]
Nope.. I work with the IT industry but real crazy about automobiles, gadgets etc etc..
PS : I'm also planning to buy an AVN system for my verna 4s - Glad to hear that you also own a Verna (My all time favorite in the mid sedan segment in India)
One thing that i felt could have been done on the F980BT is the integration with the existing overhead MIC which is currently not possible (that's what the dealer says) and we need an external MIC installed (picture posted)
I'm also posting some pics of the F980BT's GUI .