First let me take a moment to kneel before you and convey my adoration for what you've accomplished. Now that thats out of the way...
Whats the chances of someone with little circuitry knowledge and half-rate soldering skills copying what you've done? I have an identically equipped car and I'm trying to do nearly the exact same thing you've done. I won't be happy with the stock screen and its horrible resolution so I know I need to get video output to a more capable display as you have. I probably wont use the oem feed all that much, but it is needed for settings and whatnot.
Since I probably know the answer to my question already, here comes the inevitable follow-up... Would you be willing to modify my radio as you have for compensation?
I fear without some assistance/guidance my dreams of an in-dash carputer wont make it off the ground, and visor monitors aren't nearly as cool or functional.
You can email me, PM sent.
Thanks for the comps and interest.
The new project is to decode the info (classII?) going to the BOSE amplifier, primarily the volume, so I can control the OEM radio/NAV volume to the 5.1 decoder.
Another fun project.
This is the greatest thing I've ever seen!
Just have to say amazing after reading through from the beginning.
This was a great read. Kudos for your work. I have recently picked up an 03 CTS and would like to do something like this. But seems to be too much challenge.
What is/are the downside(s) to just removing the head unit altogether? I know I would lose out on some of the messages, but what else?
It is easier to swap out the system on a CTS then a CTS-V.
Originally Posted by jmullan99
03's didn't have the "updated" radio/nav.
Also, the CTS doesn't have the driver features, however, the V doesn't have the steering wheel controls.
I want to thank all who read this and the compliments.
If anyone needs any help or has ?'s, just ask.
What is the "updated" version?
Mine looks like this
That picture looks like the "current" model.
I thought the CTS-V was the first to use a DVD map based nav where the earlier model CTS used a CD based nav (6 discs).
You can "convert" your current unit, but I have also seen some "Parrot" installs that people seem to be happy with.
I have hardware available if you want to "convert" your unit.
The unit uses a single disc map which is kept in the top DVD slot. Bottom slot for single CDs.
I will check out the Parrot unit.