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    I have used it (and another unit with my pocketPC) several times sitting on top of the dash, so there is no coating on the glass that can mess up the signal.. I wonder if the sound inculation under the dash has anything to do with it, although there is no metal or foil on it, just the padding...

    I don't want to leave it on the dash as that poses a theft risk, plus I would need to find a way of running the wire through to the USB hub behind the screen in the dash (no, not cutting a hole in the dash)

    Of course there is always bluetooth, but I can't afford to go that route at the moment unless there is a really good deal out there somewhere...

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    If you have a spoiler put it in there. Most spoilers are made of plastic. I dont know if that will interfear with it. I was thinking of putting mine inside my third brake light since i dont need.

    One question i havent been able to find is that if i extend the usb wire will it weaken the signal?
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    My Garmin GPS35PC is mounted on the rear deck, in the upper center tether (anchor) for child safety seat. The cable is routed into the trunk and extended to my laptop using CAT5 and DB9 to RJ45 adapters. The rear window has aftermarket tint however satellite reception is excellent. The vehicle is a 2004 Mazda 3 sedan.


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    Plastic should not interfere

    Quote Originally Posted by D M N
    If you have a spoiler put it in there. Most spoilers are made of plastic. I dont know if that will interfear with it. I was thinking of putting mine inside my third brake light since i dont need.
    I use a Bluetooth GPS placed INSIDE of the trunk and it works as good there as on the dash. My trunk lid is made of composite material (in other words, plastic.)

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    mine is located on the center of the dashboard, I have about 5/6 satellites constantly ( also with my laptop for the moment, till I can afford a touchscreen )
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    Can't put it in the spoiler - there is room but there is no way to get the cable back into the car without running it between the rear gate and weatherstripping.

    Wagon = no rear deck

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    i have a magnetic one and i attach it to the roof behind the roof spoiler as i have a wagon. hides it so nobody can see it but still picks up almost 11 satelites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sebberry
    I don't want to leave it on the dash as that poses a theft risk, plus I would need to find a way of running the wire through to the USB hub behind the screen in the dash (no, not cutting a hole in the dash)
    So basically your only option is to go the dash route then? I'd say hide it behind the window defroster vent so it isn't seen from the street, but it can still see the satalites through the vent? And seeing how you need to run it to the usb hub behind your screen, it would be like a foot away.
    Like in this car: ......Kinda.. lol

    For some reason, this is the only car I could find a pic of with a big old vent! lol, but you get the idea.. If you were to move it up to the defroster vents it would probably get zero signal loss, and have that stealth look you're after

    If not, you could always get an extension for the usb cable. I've heard others have had great experiences with them! (though some people have had awful ones) Good luck to you! Can't wait to see some pics when it's done

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    I'm also interested to see how this turns out. I am also debating where mine will go!!

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    my gps receiver sits right under the sun roof glass, on top of the sun roof visor. .
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