As many of you know, I am endeavoring to upgrade the stock stereo of my 2006 Ford Freestyle to something efficient, easy to use, useful, but most of all, geeky as all get out! I have been inspired to kick off my blog with a series of blog posts about why I’m doing it, the problems I’m looking to solve, and ultimately, how I get to the finished product.
First, why would someone choose to do such mean, evil things to himself? Isn’t it easier to just buy a stereo off the shelf and call it a day? Well… Yeah, it would. But when scoping out what I wanted, I was already looking at $750 worth of stereo and extras that still didn’t get me ‘everything’ I wanted.
What I want out of an in-dash entertainment/navigation system:
- In-Dash navigation (tether to phone for internet)
- Streaming audio
- Bluetooth for phone calls
- Video entertainment (for the girls of course)
- Access to ODB car computer information
- Back seat entertainment
Nice to have:
- Backup camera
- Improved climate controls
Next post will contain my parts list and initial plan.