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Toyota Sequoia GPS Hack

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 11/22/2010

Not being able to operate your GPS system is so frustrating! But, you don't need to put up with it. Learn a Toyota Sequoia GPS hack that will allow you to operate your Toyota GPS even if you are going over five miles per hour.

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    Toyota GPS System Issues

    If you don’t like your Toyota’s GPS system, then you’re not alone. There have been numerous complaints about how you have to operate this system. Well, you don’t have to put up with it. There is a Toyota Sequoia GPS hack that allows you to bypass the system.

    The major problem with this system is that it is built-in system connected to the DVD player under your seat. This means that you cannot work the system while you are driving faster than five miles per hour. While you shouldn’t play around with the GPS system while you are driving, this also prevents the passenger from inputting an address.

    Once you get over the five mile mark, the speed of the car is reported to the system, and you and your passenger can no longer manipulate the system. And, this is very frustrating if you are looking for a nearby restaurant, gas station or any other item within your points of interest database.

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    Cutting the Reporting Wire

    But, you can’t simply unplug and remove the system to fix the problem. If you do that, then you lose all of your predefined settings. This means that you have to reset your language and re-input your country. So, avoid this as much as you can.

    What you do want to do, however, is slide the system out enough that you can see the wires on the back of it. Now, you just need to cut through the purple wire, and only the purple wire. This is the wire that reports your speed to the system.

    Once you do this, you have effectively hacked your Toyota Sequoia GPS, allowing you to manipulate the system while you are driving.

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    Navigation Enhancement Kit

    If you don’t mind spending a little money, you can also purchase the Navigation Enhancement Kit, which costs $99. This system allows your passenger to operate the GPS while you are driving without having to cut any wires. It also removes the “I Agree" message that you receive every time that you go to use your system. Instead, you will immediately be able to start entering your destination.

    The Navigation Enhancement Kit includes a set of wires that plug right in to your navigation unit, and these plugs look and act exactly the same as the factory installed plugs. So, it’s easy to install and use. While this system is specifically designed for the Prius, it should work with any Toyota navigation system. But, you should buy it from Amazon or a similar source with a good return policy in case it doesn’t work.

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    What You Should Consider Beforing Hacking Your GPS

    While hacking does help you add functionality to your GPS systems, there are some things that you should consider before doing this. Any hacking done to your Toyota Sequoia GPS system will probably void your system’s warranty. So, you need to weigh the pros and cons before you decide to do anything, especially if you are considering cutting your wires.