In alt.home.repair, on Wed, 26 Jul 2023 15:35:55 -0500, Jim Joyce
>>Sitting still I could watch the
>>app go to Pause in less than 2 seconds after I switched from CD Changer
>>(Bluetooth)** to AM. More than half the time it would switch back to
>>Play when I switched the radio back to CD Changer.
>>**This is a car and radio from 2005 and didn't come with Bluetooth.
>>GTA Carkit has add-ons for many older cars to connect the phone to the
>>radio, to play phone calls and webradio through the much better car
>>radio speakers. I think it was about $140 and well worth it. Also has
>>an AUX input. There might be another company that sells something
>>It works in my and I think most cases by plugging into the CD Changer
>>jack in the back of the radio. I didn't have and didn't want a CD
>Yes, Toyota factory radios tend to have the CD changer port. I've never seen
>anyone actually connect a changer there,
My previous car, same model Solara, but 2000, had a changer IN the
radio. I liked that, but by 2015 it stopped working. I couldn't fix it
and to get my CDs out, I had to destroy it. A changer in the trunk
would probably not be so compact or fragile, but I don't want to have to
the trunk to change CDs. And now we have smartphones!
>but I've seen and helped install 15-20
>adapters of varying kinds for people who wanted an aux port or a USB port or
Wow, you must be an expert on this.
>even BT. It's a handy port. I hope other car manufacturers do similar.
GTA Carkit has adapters for many makes of cars, including detailed
videos for iirc every car they make an adapter for. I didn't have to
have a video, but they had one for mine and it does inspire confidence,
when the radio in the video looks just like mine.
Usually only one possibility for any one car. I think they all come
with microphones, which I ran up the A-pillar. I've called home and
left a message and the fidelity is good, even with the top down.
All the extra parts go below the radio and behind the little storage box
that is below the radio. I bought a panel mount with USB and AUX jacks
that I put in the box. Plus I added a cig lighter that is on even when
the car is off. I can use it for charging batteries when I'm not by the
car. And another gizmo that goes in a similar hole that displays the
voltage and has 2 USB jacks. It was hard to get the box back in place
with all the extra things sticking out.
(More at the end.)
>>If the phone is on and has once been paired with the car, it connects
>>when the car is turned on. If the car is on, I think one has to do
>>something on the phone when you turn the phone on. I've noticed that
>>bluetooth is so clever that when I'm wearing bluetooth headphones and I
>>turn the car on, the car takes over the bluetooth without my doing
>>I could have known bluetooth was 2-way because, when I turn the car off,
>>or turn off whatever the phone is connected to, the sounds from the
>>phone either switch to the phone's speaker or stop altogether. Of
>>course changing from CD Changer to AM or FM is not the same as turning
>>the car off, and it's still paired and connected because when I press CD
>>changer again, it starts playing in under 2 seconds (in those cases
>>where it restarts on its own.)
>>So all those times I thought I was killing time until the ad was over, I
>>was just fooling myself! And though the same ad is played 5 or 6 times
>>an hour, at least it's not so omnipresent that every time I switch back,
>>another copy of the ad is playing.
>How many times in life do we fool ourselves. :-)
In some ways this was the worst. It was at least 6 months ago I
starting changing to FM, when they had constant annoying ads for WGU
online college. But most ads they repeat over and over. There is one
now with Danicka Patrick, and she's cute, and she even has a cute voice,
and she's a race-car diver, and she's advertising a non-profit that
saves food that would be discarded for people who need food. Four big
things in her favor, and nothing against her, and yet after the 50th
time, I'm sick of her.
What I got they make for 89 different cars:
$154 for mine, but works perfectly, so well worth it. The webpage and
video show the previous year's radio.
This is good: CarPlay & AndroidAuto Add-On for Original Car Stereos
These are much more expensive than the 140 I paid. These are 450 to 600.
I guess they include a lot more, like a screen.
I was condidering for the next car the Buick Cascada. BMW,
Infiniti, Land Rover, many Mercedes, mini-cooper, Nissan, several
Porsches (I think these are all German-owned), but no Cascada. (It has a
built-in map and GPS, but won't work with Andoid Auto.
Phone holders for specific cars.
But they are $65 each. I have a ~$10 magnetic one clamped to an AC
They have a video on just how to mount the phone holder!
It was so humid the other day there was water above the middle two AC
vents. And when I take the keys out of the ignition, they are cold.