Why OEM Parts Are Best For Your Ford Sync System

If your Ford Sync is glitchy or broken, you may consider replacing it with an aftermarket unit. But, as we'll explain, the best thing to do is repair the OEM unit. Not only will factory parts work better than an aftermarket unit, but they will also cost you less money. The benefits of retaining your OEM Sync system include the following:

  • You'll have full function of all of the features of your Ford Sync system. 
  • Vehicles with an OEM system have a higher resale value. 
  • Removal (and installation) are much easier than with an aftermarket unit. 

Let's take a look at all of these benefits in more detail. 

An OEM System Will Retain All Of The Features Of Your Ford Sync

Sync system

If you've been using your Sync system for a while, you're familiar with its many capabilities. Replacing your system with an aftermarket unit could mean sacrificing some of its functionality - and no one wants that. If you're having Sync issues, it's well worth it to have your unit repaired, so you don't have to give up any of the great features it offers, like:

  • Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • Turn-by-turn navigation services
  • Voice command features

Sometimes aftermarket head units offer either Bluetooth connectivity or Apple CarPlay / Android Auto but not both. Most won't recognize voice commands unless you spend a lot of money on a high-end unit. Even then, many functions may not work as well as they did with the Sync. This is because most aftermarket units are not developed exclusively for Ford products, so you'll likely encounter issues. 

An OEM Sync System Is Good For Resale Value

You may not be thinking of trading in your vehicle, but if you do, its resale value could take a hit if it has an aftermarket radio. The Sync system in your Ford is a feature that adds value and is a selling point. Selling your car with an aftermarket radio will lower its value, whether you trade it in or sell it privately.  

Aftermarket Radios Are Harder To Install And Not Always Compatible 

Aftermarket radios are never a direct fit replacement for the Ford Sync and may not be compatible at all. Even if it does work, you may experience the following problems:

  • The aftermarket radio may not fit correctly in the space occupied by the Ford Sync. Depending on the aftermarket radio's dimensions, it may be too small or large. This means you'll need a fit kit to make it fit. The fit kit won't match your dash.  
  • The connections for the aftermarket stereo may not be plug-and-play, meaning you'll have to splice your stereo connections.  
  • The aftermarket unit may not be compatible with your speakers or amplifier. You may have to replace the amplifier and speakers to get the same sound quality. 

Any or all of these issues add up to a real mess that could cost you many hours and hundreds of dollars more than if you just remove, repair, and re-install your OEM unit.  

If You've Got Issues With Your Ford SYNC, ISS Automotive Can Help!

Whether it's a bad screen or another issue, we can repair your SYNC. You'll be surprised at how much cheaper and easier it is to fix your existing system, and we know you'll love the results. We offer a fast 48-hour turnaround on all repair orders with free shipping in the lower 48 states. Additionally, all repairs and exchanges come with a limited lifetime warranty.  

Need help? Call us or contact us online if you have questions or want to know more about our services.