I spend a lot of time browsing this forum, but never contribute. So, here I go. I installed a Metra Ipod / Aux. interface into the stock stereo.
To switch between my ipod and XM radio I press DSC on the radio. Works great! The XM radio unit is a Sportscaster. The orange backlight almost matches the dash lights, and it has a remote. Cost is $20.00 on the XM site with a $20 mir. You can also get 3 months free and free activation.
I installed the XM antenna behind the radio and under the dash. The signal strength is better than I expected. I used heavy strength velco tape to secure the receiver in the storage area.
I purchased the TomTom One from Buy.com for 150.00.
I mounted the TomTom suction cub mount above the CD using heavy velco tape. Next, I stuck the suction cup tab between the radio and dash to secure it. I remove the TomTom when ever I park. IMO, the mount doesn’t look like a fancy GPS mount to would be thief’s.
I plan to hard wire the TomTom power cable and XM power cable to free up the auxiliary power slots.
Metra Ipod Interface – 50.00
XM Radio – 20.00
3 Months of XM Service - Free
TomTom – 150.00
Velco Tape – 3.00
Total Cost – 223.00
I guess I’m a cheap bastard, but I like it….