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    '97 VW Passat Install

    Hi, been working on this for a few weeks now and just got it in the car. I've still got the main loom to install along the sill and a few PC bits to sort out along with an anoying audio whine. More pictures will be posted when I've time.
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    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
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    97!?

    In the US, the body style didn't change until 1998's model year (purchases after September usually are named for the next year). My 1997 Passat doesn't look like yours, it's a B4, yours looks like a B5... and I got REALLY excited when I saw this thread.

    BTW: NICE job! I really like how you've put a USB port on the dash!
    Car: 1997 VW Passat TDI moving to
    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D
    CPU: HP ePC 1gig/256meg/250 gig
    Status: Ghetto Install w/Inverter,
    Xenarc & GPS & RadioShark
    ToGo: DC-to-DC conversion, Grease conversion

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    Nice!!! Why didn't you move the AC control down? I think you woud've got a better viewing angle. I like the usb too.

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    Hi, Yea mines an early B5 (June 97), they changed between '96 - '97 in Europe.
    Thanks, I plan to find some black countersunk screws to neaten up the USB port a bit.

    I thought about moving the heater controls down but that may happen in the future. It was going to be more hassle than I wanted at the mo with making fixing brackets etc..
    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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    If you'd tighten things up a little in there do you think you'd have enough space for a slim slot in? You could mount a tray slim vertically, but that's not that great looking, is it...

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    Probably not, I've already cut the buttons off the bottom of the tft to fit it in.
    I'm not to fussed about a CD up front as I don't think I will really be using it to watch DVD's etc.. but hey you never know.
    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenG
    Probably not, I've already cut the buttons off the bottom of the tft to fit it in.
    I'm not to fussed about a CD up front as I don't think I will really be using it to watch DVD's etc.. but hey you never know.

    Where's it currently located?

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    Its all in a Morex case in the boot. At some point I may make a custom install in the boot and fit a drive up front.
    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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    Hey Ben! Do you have any updated pictures of install? Would be good to see as I have a friend with a Passat who is considering doing something similar...

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    Hi, not at the moment as I have taken it out of my car.
    I've been looking into using a different mobo and mounting it all in the glove box.

    I'm looking to use a single board computer I use at work and hopefully the on board sound will be better than the Via M board. I had to use a PCI sound card to get it to sound half decent.

    I should be getting something together this week to test the sound quality.
    When I do that I'll have to put the screen back in so I will take some pictures and post them up here.
    Ben G

    '97 VW Passat
    VIA M10000, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, Win XP
    Lilliput 7" Touch Screen, GPS, IR Steering Wheel Remote
    http://www.gibbsdesign.co.uk
    http://www.matesmotors.org.uk

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