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    MacCar project - warranty question

    Hi guys,

    I really need some advise on this. Iím about to start my Mac Mini-Audi A3 project with CNX-P1900 switch. Doing that, am I going to void my carís warranty? An Audi technician says I mightÖÖ.

    Thanks in advance!!!

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    Sounds like a crappy Tech to me. Most dealers will try to void warrenties at the drop of the hat (cause they don't make money from related work). As long as your install has no relation (and it is the burden of the shop to prove otherwise) to the issue at hand, there is no issue.

    I've been through this many times on my old Jag (wheels and brakes vs electrical issue) and even recently on my Escape (HU and Amps vs manual temp adjustment issue). The first thing a bad dealer wants to do is blame the changes, but if you argue with them enough they change their tune. It's frustrating though.

    There are two things I would suggest if you are worried about this. First is to have a pro wire up the power for the 1900 (had a terminal block added with my last Amp). Second make sure that it is done in such a manner that should you have weird electrical issues you can disconnect the Mac and related items and reinstall the original hardware (not as a cover up, but so you can see if it is still happening so you can tell the dealer where to stuff it when they try to blame your install).

    -dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacUsers
    Hi guys,

    I really need some advise on this. Iím about to start my Mac Mini-Audi A3 project with CNX-P1900 switch. Doing that, am I going to void my carís warranty? An Audi technician says I mightÖÖ.

    Thanks in advance!!!
    Well I got VW GLI, i talked to the bozos at dealership, they say i might fry warranty to whatever i touch, technically if you install mac mini with standard ac/dc inverter it will be an indpendent from the car you don't void warranty, if you remove the stereo, it's no longer under warranty (legally) but who will find out, wiring CNX, just find an empty ignition fuse in the fuse box, remember CNX 1900 is easy to remove when you go inspection, anyway you should be fine in any case. Audi is a reputable company they are not assholes, you should not have problem wiring CNX extra power and unused fuse doesn't change weather of you warranty, now if you not sure what you are doing, and mess something up they can declare you liable, but i don't see in anyway how you can screw up your car installin carputer, unless you are not careful

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    iamgnat & Yevmeister,

    Thanks for your replies. Yeah, I think the same way as you do Ė Iím not going do to any major modification (itís hardly a modification, in fact) to carís equipments or the car itself. Iím gonna use the stock HU as well (just I have to remove the stereo and reinstall once for making the audio connection from the Mini) and just the P1900 to connect to the power line. But as iamgnat said - a bad dealer will try to screw you up. Today (most probably), Iím going to the dealer with the wiring diagram to discuss face to face and will ask them to demonstrate how this ďmightĒ void any warranty.

    Cheers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacUsers
    Today (most probably), I’m going to the dealer with the wiring diagram to discuss face to face and will ask them to demonstrate how this “might” void any warranty.
    If you are are lucky enough to have multiple dealers in your area, try another if the one you are going to gives you grief. The dealer I bought my Escape from has never blinked at my after market stereo (even though it may very well have been at fault for an electrical issue), but when I had to take it in earlier this month for a heating issues I had to take it to their other branch and the first thing they wanted to do was blame the stereo (stereo = 1 year, heating issue = 1 week...hmmm ).

    Sometimes it's just the service advisor you happen to get too. I found a good one for my Jag and had more than a few issues fixed by a couple of cases of beer (he liked cheap beer too which made it even better ). I didn't have to pay for a new throttle body ($3500 before labor ) that my extended warrenty company kept finding ways to ignore (sorry it's a carb, oh it's not a carb, then it's emissions, ...). Two cases of Corona solved the issue

    -dave

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    Cameback from my dealer this afternoon and it turns out that my dealer is not that bad as we though they might be When I explained about what I wanna do, the technician said that there is no problem to use one of the spare fuses from the fuse box to get a permanent live-line. He also said I can even use one spare ignition off the fuse box. They gonna help me to do that, oh yes, of course Iíve to pay for that.
    Good start so far.........

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