So the Corolla left behind some goodies that may find a home in the new car. Here's a list:
Eclipse AVN-5435 nav headunit
Eclipse XA5000 5ch amp
mac mini (intel, core duo)
2 sound splinter RL-i10s
Dual screens: the 5435 will always display GPS location/moving map, backup cam, FLIR (still a pipe dream... need to research), and a second screen below (10.4 if i can pack it in... more likely a 700TSV) below showing the less "heads-up" info.
Front end: Haven't decided yet. Considering RR on the mac using bootcamp, also considering sticking with front row. Anyone want to sound off?
Audio: the Si came with the "premium sound system" but the punch in the bottom end leaves a little bit to be desired. I'd like to hatch a way to utilize the 8" subwoofer as a sort of midbass and use a single or dual 10" setup in the boot to give me that low end extension i've come to know and love. I get the feeling that my best bet here may be to keep the XA5000 for the cabin speakers and 10" sub(s) and invest in an XA1000 to drive the 8" sub.
Controls: The little Powermate served me well, but it had a very noticable shortcoming when my MP3 list got long... there was no way to "hold" a key and scroll through at an accelerated rate. The result was distracting and time consuming. My thought is to use the SWIX interface to link the steering wheel controls to the mac mini remote. I have a pair of 2-way switches, and a single action switch on the wheel, which gives me U,D,L,R, and Enter (play/pause). The less frequently used "ESC" function of the remote I am considering mapping to a duplicate "VSA" button just to the left of the steering column. I have to decide if that's comfortable to use or not. So I anticipate some combination of SWIX and keyboard mutation.
Other features: I have come over the months to value a dockable PC highly. The mini is super convenient to carry... but 7 connections in and out is tedious. I will build a dock in the boot for the mini... I saw no reason to keep it in the glove box as before.
Displaying the mini on a separate screen leaves a free video input on the AVN, so I'm considering placing a camera, maybe in the nose of the car to assist in tighter parking situations, along with the standard backup camera (BEC105) to check the rear.