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    2004 Mazda3 5dr Install

    Here's my current setup in my Mazda3.

    VoomPC Case w/M1-ATX
    MII 12000 motherboard
    20gb Hard Drive
    512MB Ram
    Tmobile GSM/GPRS for mobile internet
    Delorme GPS for GPS navigation and GPS web based tracking.
    Lilliput 7" Touchscreen installed in a DigitalWW motorized housing.

    The dash piece I got off ebay, shipped from Japan. Excellent quality and looks stock. Just need to get a bezel to finish it off.






    No permanent modifications have been to car either. Everything can be removed and put back to original factory stock look.

    The LCD is powered by the M1-ATX. I plan on putting a switch on the Ign. line to the LCD to operate opening/closing from the center console (cause I'm lazy ), and also one on the Ign. line to the PC to control powering it off/on just in case.

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    Very nice. Definately easier than gloveboxing the radio. How much did the housing and dash piece cost you?

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    The dash piece was $130 and the housing was $180. I opted for DigitalWW to install the LCD so it was additional $50. Totally worth it for me (since I don't trust my soldering skills on expensive gear )

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    Looks great! I recently found that dash piece on ebay and have been thinking about getting it for my 5 door as well. How hard is it to reach the screen to change songs, etc? Also, are you able to see the screen well enough during the day?

    Thanks....

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    Nice! Must of been a piece of cake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangewu
    Looks great! I recently found that dash piece on ebay and have been thinking about getting it for my 5 door as well. How hard is it to reach the screen to change songs, etc? Also, are you able to see the screen well enough during the day?

    Thanks....
    The reach isn't that bad I find actually for my use. My music is all fed from the iPod (so I can use the steering wheel or stereo), so the carPC is more for navigation and internet applications. So I usually don't have have to keep reach up for it as much as someone who would feed audio as well.

    For that case, I'd say your arm might start to get tired after a while, heh.

    But for the Nav use I don't mind the reach, as the view of the screen is WAY better than where I had it before (sitting in front the gear shifter).

    So far I haven't had any problems viewing the screen. Definently not as bad as before. I don't (or haven't yet) have any bad glare, and in the sun the screen is still pretty viewable I find. I think the camera is just exaggerating the sun the here. It didn't look that bad in person.

    Also, You can tilt the monitor back and forth, and it can swing left/right a little bit too, so that will probably help if I ever run into bad sunlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIzFlawless
    Nice! Must of been a piece of cake!
    It really was. The "hardest" part of the whole install was just having rerun the power cables from the back of the car to the seats and up the dash.

    If you take out the glove box (just 3 screws), getting cable up the dash and everything was super super easy.

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