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  • 2003 Infiniti Qx4 - R.I.P.

    I got my 03 Infiniti Qx4 in February of 2003. At the time, I was on a co-op/internship with IBM in NC. While browsing some Nissan/Infiniti forums, I came across someone with a carputer in the same area (Durham/Chapel Hill). His installation gave me the inspiration to start my own project.

    I started researching online and gathering parts. I eventually found, and I was frequent visitor and quite active on the forums. It was bit nerve racking to start modifying my new car, but by early Spring, I had my carpc functional. During my spare time between work and college, I started the long process of tweaking, ironing out the quirks, and making it look clean and stealthy. It was frustrating at times, but I definitely enjoyed it.

    Hardware/Software Spec
    7" Xenarc TouchScreen

    mATX Motherboad w/ P4 2.4Ghz and 512 DDR
    160GB 7200RPM 3.5"
    SB Audigy II
    ATI Radeon DDR
    Wireless Internet with Sprint Vision
    Wifi 802.11
    GPS w/ CoPilot
    150W Opus
    RF Compact Keyboard & Trackball
    Stock Steering Wheel controls via PAC SWI-X

    Alpine F540 Amp
    Brutus Hifonics BX1500D Sub Amp
    Polk Momo 12" w/ Plexi Enclosure
    Infinity Components in the front
    Alpine Type-Rs in the rear

    1 Amp is concealed behind the left panel in the cargo area, and the other is concealed in a storage pocket under the cargo area carpet. The computer folds into the storage pocket on the right. I ran cables along the passenger side from front to back for vga, usb, etc. The screen is mounted flush to the opening of the original 6cd in dash head unit. To fill the empty space between the screen opening, I used some brushed aluminum colored plastic/vinyl.

    The pics are a little out of date. I concealed the rest of the wires. I also modified a switch plate in the front center console to make a usb port, which I used for connecting my Sprint phone and IPod syncing.

    R.I.P - Rest in Peace
    On January 22, 2005, I was moving back to RTP, NC from Atlanta to start my next Spring semester internship with IBM. The weather and road conditions got worse as I made my way into NC. It was below freezing with light rain and sleet. There were many wrecks along the highway.

    While passing through Burlington, NC, there was a wreck on the opposite side of the highway, so traffic on our side also increased. It was a 4 lane road, and I was traveling in the 3rd lane from the right shoulder. All of a sudden, I lose control of my SUV, and it started sliding/spinning. I slid perpendicular to the highway and was now facing the right shoulder crossing over the 3 lanes. I looked to the right to see oncoming traffic. Through my passenger side rear window, I see the grill of an 18 Wheeler truck only inches away from my car. He slams his brakes and sound his horn, but there is nothing he nor I can do to avoid the collision.

    There were a few other cars involved, but noone was hurt. The exact reason for the wreck was not determined, but it was weather related and no one was at fault.

    My car took alot of damage along the passenger side. Doors, frame, fenders, etc along the side were all damaged. The front bumper and rear lift gate also took some damage. The side air bags also deployed. Even parts of the computer were smashed, but fortunately nothing major and it still worked for the most part. Surprisingly, the car was still driveable too, and I was able to finish the 45min (usually 30 or less) leg to my new apartment. Intially, we thought it was repairable, but after a few weeks at the body shop, it was declared a total loss. It will be sent to the salvage yard.

    Its an unfortunate circumstance, but I consider myself very lucky for making it out with no injuries. It could've been a whole lot worse.

    I also wanted to thank everyone that helped make my carputer a reality. This forum proved very useful.
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    Retired CarPC - 03 Infiniti Qx4

  • #2
    [H]4 Life
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    • #3
      What a shame, because the install looks *clean*
      PowerVoice v1 | NaviVoice Source
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      1995 Lexus SC300


      • #4
        nice install, you not doing another install in a new car?
        Philip Plante
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        • #5
          that's a pretty clean install!

          I'll ask the same are planning on doing another install in the new ride, right?

          Jan Bennett
          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!


          • #6

            Thats horrible, everything looked so clean !!
            Here in Portugal we have great weather, lots of brunnets, party a lot,drink a lot....


            • #7
              Sorry to hear this story. The install was clean. Won't your amp get hot for installing it under the trunk pocket??? I have tried it once, and it was mad hot, and so i took i tout
              2006 Camry
              Compaq Laptop
              Holux GPS Iguidance 3.0
              7" Xenarc Touch Screen
              Carnetix 1900 Power Supplied, Wireless b/g


              • #8
                it all depends on the efficiency of your amplifier and if it's matched to your speakers....if it's of adequate size it shouldn't over heat so much
                Jan Bennett
                FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!


                • #9
                  Thanks for the comments.

                  I'm not sure yet if I will do another install. I guess its depends on my next car, and if I will have the time and money for it.

                  Right now, I'm not planning on getting another car until late July. After this internship, I'm doing a study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. So I will probably wait until I return before getting a replacement.

                  Originally posted by bluehcc
                  Won't your amp get hot for installing it under the trunk pocket???
                  I was concerned about that as well. In my setup, it worked fine and never overheated. However, it was probably running hotter than normal, and the excess heat may shorten the amp's life. I took the risk, but it may influence your choice.
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                  CarPC - 05 Acura TL Navi (pics soon)
                  Retired CarPC - 03 Infiniti Qx4


                  • #10
                    sux, feel for ya, but most importantly is that you are fine. though that instal was really nice and clean. would love to see you come back with another project given circumstances become better.


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                    - WinXP SP2 (NLited)


                    • #11
                      Nice it's time for another carPC in the Acura
                      CarPC #3: 99% Complete
                      Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
                      DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
                      OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
                      Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
                      500+ full albums
                      4,000+ video games
                      music videos, movies, & more!
                      old carPC