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    Recommended cars?

    Alright first post, have been lurking here for quite a while (i.e. months), and have finally registered. I'm still only 17, and am thinking about buying my first car. I'm very interested in building a carputer, have a fair bit of experience building normal computers, so hopefully it shouldnt be too difficult. My question is are there any cars that are.... ideal... for building carputers?

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    Something with a big dash, but honestly there are higher priorities that you should have when buying a car. Like having good mileage, power, comfort, rust, running, wheels... etc.
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    Dodge Magnum - big dash - might be able to fit a 10" monitor in there and you have the truck/hatch area to put a PC in, not to mention the center console is HUGE too....



    nothing German, they are a royal pain in the *** to work on/ with

    otherwise, what joego said, 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    nothing German, they are a royal pain in the *** to work on/ with


    Lol... My 4runner was a pain in the ***, and my VW was a one day install...
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    hqave pics of the VW? how integrated is it? how integrated was the 4-runner?

    generally, german cars are a PITA when it comes to wiring, they are very well thought out, it just makes it a bit more difficult to work with, but in the end it ends up being more integrated...IMO at least
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    I own a 4Runner, and I have also worked on many German cars. I HATE working on German cars--from VWs to BMWs to Mercedes--they all suck to work on. Wiring is horrible, the cars are designed so well they are not meant to be taken apart. Toyotas, on the other hand, are the best of both worlds--easy to work on (generally) and quality. Plus many of them have nice double din slots for 7 inch monitors, assuming that's what you'll be happy with.

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    Get a H1 or H2 and you have plenty of room to work with.
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    bleh - H1 only, H2/H3 is a piece....unless you want to super poser mobile!

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    flame away!
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    You guys are missing the point. Or possibly don't really care

    Anyway, If you're only 17 and looking to purchase your own car here are a couple suggestions.

    1. Find a car with at least double din capacity(single din with pocket underneath possibly). It's a lot easier for a first project to not have to relocate dash buttons, dials, switches, etc... And a double din space is easier to mold in a screen than having to do a lot of extra fabrication to modify the dash.

    2. Take a look at the projects forum. You'll get a lot of ideas of what people have done to their cars. From the newest cars to some oldies, you'll see what people have "had" to do in order to complete their projects. I myself would suggest an older model car that you won't mind messing with. It hurts less to mess up a honda crx dash than one from a $45K car.

    Ultimately, build the carputer around the car, not the car around the carputer. Buy the car you want with the options you want first. It's better to have a car you love with a computer in it, than a computer in a car you hate.

    Oh, and here's my suggestion:

    http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=18405

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    If you're looking for something not too expensive but easy to mod, I recommend the Mazda 3. Can fit a 7-8" screen where the HU goes, and you can easily relocate the HU to the glovebox to keep your steering wheel controls working. Also, the 3 is incredibly easy to take apart, I can rip out the glovebox and center console in about 3 minutes.

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