Wait, "HG"?? Looked this up and see that it seems like it's the same kit but with piano black trim instead of the silver and black. Wonder if that would look better in my 2014 Accord? Is that the only difference?The Metra 99-7804HG has been stable for me (so far) after the 1.4 firmware update.
Ha, I just did the same thing today. They're supposed to get back to me this week. Maybe if we harass them enough they'll stock it. My advisor was surprised they didn't already.I talked to Crutchfield on Friday, they're going to find out if they can special order the HG kit.
As I mentioned I called Metra too and talked to Rafael. He didn't seem to know anything about any redesign other that to say there had been firmware updates. A small part of me doesn't believe what you were told about the module being redesigned. I guess I'd feel better if I could verify that the control box is physically different now.So I called Metra tech support yesterday about the problems the 99-7804b used to have. I spoke to Jay and he said that the old kits were all recalled from their vendors. He explained that the board on the Axxess module was completely redesigned. Then the 99-7804b was released again. He explained that all of the problems were addressed and sent me a pdf showing exactly what will and won't intergrate with the new kit. Also that you can tell the new kit from the old one because the new Axxess box is square and the old one was retangular. Just in case you buy it from an unauthorized retailer. So you don't run into the same old problems if you got a retangular Axxess module. He explained places like Crutchfield & Volunteer Audio would only have the new kits. There prices happen to be the best too at $349.99 with free shipping. If you buy a radio from Crutchfield they will knock $50 off the kit making it $299.99 with free shipping (Call Cody there he's very knowledgable). Where Sonic Electronix charges $445 for the new kit. I'll post the pdf for the new 99-7804b kit. Also the new square module and the old retangular module pictures so you can compare them. I'm going to take the plunge and buy the new kit. Hope this helps you guys out!
Thanks for that feedback!Just installed my Alpine iLX-207 with the Metra 99-7804hg in my 2017 Sport. So far everything that is supposed to work is functioning perfectly. First attempt to install the screen was flickering and volume wasn't working correctly. Updated firmware from 1.50 to 1.70 and hooked back up and works as advertised.