Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 23:37:18 GMT
From: Harvey White <>
Subject: Re: GPS and a 9-5  opinions needed.

On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 18:17:29 -0000, wrote: >Harvey White <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > >> thinking that it would be more gracefully wired into the car >> power system. This is true, it was more easily wired in. > >Ah. Where did you get the power from? I'm still using batteries in the >eMap which gets tedious. Pop the fuse box cover off. I don't have ventilated seats, and I also don't have some other option (trailer?). I just found an empty fuse slot where there was 12 volts when the ignition was on. It's not the same as the radio power, which stays on until the key is removed. You get a 1/4 inch blade terminal, attach a wire to it, and snake it out under the cover, up between the dash and the quarter post, and thence to the GPS. I did much the same with the radar detector, and snaked the wire up under the headliner on the top, and the little rubber trim flap on the quarter panel post.... (or whatever it's called)..... THAT part was easy... > >> I have one possibility, and that's to investigate the mobile phone >> holder cradle that Saab sells for the console. I want to put the >> phone in there, and am already somewhat committed to making my own >> phone cradle (motorola T720, phone kit is only 139.00.....) Getting >> something from the Saab dealer seems to be possibly nicer. > >I'll be interested in what you come up with. Will be doing this tuesday. > >> 3) the lugnuts on the wheels are corroded.... (replace under >> warranty....) > >Tell 'em you use steel wheels in the winter, they'll do it as a >recall. They seem to be willing to pay for it anyway, so all of this is no charge to me. > >> 4) someone put a nameplate on my car.... It wasn't my name, so I >> concluded that they had put it on by mistake.... The dealer will >> clean off a bit of adhesive that is left.... > >Heh. My dad had a dealer replace a trunk for that reason once, back >in the day when the nameplates involved drilling holes and a cast-metal >thingy. Wasn't there when he signed the papers, was there when he >went to pick up the car. (It was a Ford Falcon, to give you an idea >of when this was). My name is neither "BURKE" nor "JIM BURKE" and I couldn't, for the life of me, understand why I would want my nice new car personalized for someone else.... > >> They seem not to want to pay me for the advertising space.... I'm not >> too unreasonable, say, $100.00/month and I'll even tell people what a >> good job they've done.... > >I bought my '99 9-5 at a Saturn dealer (because the Saab dealer's used >"selection" was "Do you want the grey one or the white one?"). I get it >serviced at the Saab dealer for the saab-type stuff, but oil changes were >part of the deal at the Saturn dealer. Every time I'd take it in for >something, I'd get a new set of license plate frames, and the old ones >would go bye-bye. This was done without me asking such to happen. I don't think they are going to do that.... should be interesting to see what they do.... > >Solved that problem - replaced it with a "Powerd by Linux" license plate >frame (from or somewhere) and all is right in the advertising >arena. > >Let us know what you come up with for mounting that GPS. Maybe the cellphone >mount is a good starting point, and you can use it for both? If you are interested in putting it on the dash, you do the following: 1) get a radio shack radar mount, one with 3 big suction cups. 2) get a piece of lexan, about 12 or so inches long and about 2 1/2 inches wide. Big enough to fit the mount for the GPS and also big enough to comfortably span the dash to the window. 3) bolt the lexan strip to the radar detector mount, allowing the hinge on the detector to let the strip lie flat on the dash. Mark the point where it overhangs. 4) Clamp the plastic between two boards as if you were going to make a bending brake. With a paint softening gun (hot air) heat the plastic until it is soft. Using another board, push the plastic down at a right angle and hold it there until it cools enough to harden (it will be flexible) 5) this gives you a hook that fits over the dash, suction cups onto the window, and has absolutely not damaged anything. Use the supplied adhesive to attach the GPS mount to the strip. If you leave the turned down piece long enough, you can put a hook on the end for a small cell phone... Now only if it weren't quite so in the way.... Harvey > >Dave Hinz

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