Long time reader of this forum first time post. I've had tons of ideas floating in my mind on what to do for a carpc. Because I dont have that much money to spend (about $1000), I want to get the most out of it. With also the possibility of upgrading when I have more money in the future. Current I drive a 2002 Volvo S80. It does not have the factor navigation system in it. So I wanted to add one in, I looked at what volvo offers, but the system is kinda shotty....not even touch screen. So I looked in to carpcs. The major items I wanted to add to my car were
GPS, Ipod integration, bluetooth phone connect, backup camera
Heres some of the choices I have looked into.
1. Fit the system with the aftermarket but still OEM motorized screen aboved the center dash, I can also added a backup camera for 100 more bucks.
pro. straight forward and costs about 500 bucks. Self install and parts from ebay.
con. all I added was gps and camera, no touch screen, no ipod support, no bluetooth. No real future upgrades.
2. Next option was to add the PIONEER AVIC-Z2 with a double din adapter from volvo to replace the factor HU radio unit.
pro. adds everything I wanted and looks pretty sweet
con. costs me a leg and arm. The unit with no accessories from ebay runs 1000 and then i need all the separate dongles to get everything to work, thats at least another 400 bucks. This also leaves me no room for any future upgrades.
3. Carpc, something thats pre-built such as the G4 infill I was on the store part of this site.
pro. Everything I have ever wanted, can get future upgrades
con. Again the cost will probably kill me. On top of that its out of stock. So god knows when it will be available again.
4. Built my own setup. So I will probably find a double din metal frame from somewhere for real cheap and built a small pc there for pretty cheap, because I can get parts for PC's for very low prices. And then add a touch screen monitor to it. But I run into a lot of problems.
Problems. If I bolt in the touch screen, I will have no room to put a cd/dvd slot. As you can see from this picture of the adapter, there is no room, I thought about having the drive vertically on the sides, but measurements are gonna be way to close, and I dont want to buy any parts to test out only to find out its not gonna fit.
But I wouldnt know how to build my own motorized screen, I thought about buying a cheaper setup that has the screen and cd/dvd player and is already motorized and gutting it and putting my own computer in, but I have no experience, to find out its not going to work and have my money to go to waste.
So iam reaching out for help on ideas from the community. Hopping you guys will have some brilliant ideas. Again I want a very clean install, dont want any cd drives in the glove box or anything like that. Just a double din unit. Thanks in advanced.