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I recently installed a double din, Alpine ILX-207, which I quickly swapped out for the ILX-107, in my 2004 Astro (Cargo).
The ILX-207 doesn't have wireless carplay, which was what I was going for. Main difference is that ILX-107 does not have Android Auto, but does have wireless carplay. ILX-107 connects with bluetooth initially then uses wifi to transfer wifi. This unit does not have true bluetooth in the sense that it doesn't send audio through bluetooth (my understanding).
The ILX-207 has android auto and bluetooth, but does not connect to carplay wirelessly. I chose the 107 because I need to stop looking at my phone while driving! This will allow me to keep it in my pocket or wirelessly charging in the console if I need battery for GPS.
I wish there were volume knobs, because I always preferred a knob over pressing up or down 20 times, especially with touch screen volume buttons. I may do a modification that I previously saw when installing.
Installation: The installation was very straightforward with the ILX-207. The ILX-107 didn't work immediately, it required a micro bypass switch, about $12 on Amazon and 3 connections to the wiring harness. This also removes all restrictions while driving. The issue requiring the bypass is pretty common. Without the bypass, my van wouldn't recognize that I was in park, so I couldn't access any of the carplay connection settings.
The metra dash kit doesn't look stock, but looks pretty clean for such an easy modification. The kit came with a trim plate that was self explanatory and only required a little trimming on the top and bottom of the dash opening. I did this with a dremel tool in about 10 minutes.
I don't have any pics of the install as it was simple, but I can take some more pics if anyone wants. I'm installing a backup camera in the next week or two, so I'll have it taken apart then.