I might buy the car tomorrow, I might opt for a lightly optioned car, we shall see.
If so I won't have any need for Chrysler's $1700+ Navi/MP3 player and its available "MyGig" low speed bus units go for $1795 on Ebay! Plus another $600 in options to unlock all its features (like address input while in motion).
The main advantage to using factory upgrades is its completely PnP and if I opted for the Kicker "Living Loud" system for the car and added the larger dual 10" sub enclosure with 200W more additional power over the standard single 10" 200W setup and another 366W of full range speaker power, bring the total system power to somewhere over 700W!
Will it play as loud as the loudest dual 10" setups with purely aftermarket parts? No and nobody should expect it too, but is it one of the loudest and best sounding OEM based systems available? - Yes
Total cost would run -
Kicker System factory installed as an option - $1395 (Component Speakers in factory locations, 2 way 3.5 speakers in Musicgate and Single 10" powered Sub Enclosure)
Upgraded Amp - $176 (Online)
Dual 10" 400W Powered Sub Enclosure - $794 (Online)
Chrysler "MyGig" AM/FM DVD based Navigation with 30GB HD Built-In Sirius Tuner, Bluetooth and USB input - $1795 (via Mr CD on Ebay)
$4160! Holly Cow! and that doesn't include the "LockPick" to unlock all the features in the unit, Bluetooth Adapter or Backup/Forward Facing Cameras!
Actually I just added that up for the first time so I'm just as shocked as you are...(For those actually reading my thread)
Surely I can put together a carPC for at least half that if not a 1/4 of that cost...
Thus far I want to keep this simple as I don't want thousand hours of downtime and rather take maybe a day to put the PC together, run it on Prime95 for 12 hours and install in a little more than a day with all the parts needed available at the time off install (say 2 days total).
Procuring all the parts is the main issue. Mini ITX boards are fairly hard to find locally, but not impossible, here's the system I have decided on -
AMD 64x2 (4850e)
Silverstone Low Profie CPU Cooler
512MB DDR2 Memory (800Hz)
4GB Card Flash (Boot Drive)
32GB Card Flash (Media Storage)
8GB USB Flash Drive (Media Storage)
Addonics Dual CF Hard Drive Adapter
MSC Automotive Case
M2-ATX 160 Watt Power Supply
Linksys WiFi USB Dongle (Free) with USB extension cable (Free)
(Until Somebody Comes Out with Tethering Software for the T-Mobile G1)
Sirius Tuner with Mitch's USB Adapter
Earthmate GPS Car Antenna (Came with MS Streets and Maps 2004) (Free)
I decided on Compact Flash as my storage medium mainly because my commute to work is so short (about 22-28 min one way) and even on trips across the country I doubt I would run out of things to listen to or watch over the entire trip; I have been a Sirius user since 2003 as I used to drive for JB Hunt.
For my Head-Less front end, that has proven to be a bit more diffcult to sort out but I think I have it figured. I need the Caliber Navi bezel since the regular opening would support Double DIN but leaves those silly cut-outs for the radio knobs for standard OEM head units.
I think I'll go with a pre-installed Lilliput EBY701 in a ByByte Frame. Seems reasonably priced to me, so why not?
The factory provides steering wheel controls for the OEM radios, maybe I can tap into that...
I'll have to measure the storage well of the car, when I get it. I looked at one the other night and it looked fairly deep. I can go look at a local Caliber SRT-4 and take some measurement since the dealer I am likely to purchase it from it around 40 miles away and this one is the around the corner but not nearly as aggressive with pricing, Internet Car Sales FTW!
I haven't decided on amps as I missed my chance to buy Rockford's 25 to Life Limited Edition Punch 45, Punch 75 and Punch 150 amps. I might try to track those down as there are few available still here and there. I'm gravitating towards Class D power, low current drag, small form factor are the main draws.
I plan on putting the mobile PC and all amps down in the storage well, out of sight of prying eyes.
For the components, I might opt for the Kicker separates available from some online Dodge dealers. They totally PnP, reasonably priced and from a quality manufacturer, why not?
For the sub woofer system, I would like to design something similar to the Kicker upgrade available from Mopar -
Haven't decided on drivers yet however, I will keep those interested posted.
Well that's it, I'm looking at my aftermarket options and I'll compare features and pricing before I make a decision.