There are several aftermarket wiring harnesses that plug inline into the
back of your stock radio and add a set of RCA connectors for you to plug
your iPod into. There is also a generic connector box that uses vehicle
specific plugs to add RCA connectors - one is called "Auxtocar" and the
other is called "Ipodtocar". Search for one or both of those terms on the
internet and you should find several car stereo installation equipment
companies more than willing to sell you one.
The vehicle specific adapter for my '04 Chevy 2500HD is called the PXGM24
made by Peripherial. It is for the 24-pin connectors. There is also a
PXGM9 for the 9-pin connectors depending on your radio and year. Search for
either of these or the company and you will find it easily on the net. They
are also readily available on eBay for the same price.
One word of warning about buying one of these connectors (depending on your
model and year), some earlier versions could cause a communications link
failure if your dealer ever tried to reflash (install new programming) into
your vehicle's brain. The only fix was to replace the brain, but only the
very early adapters had this issue several years ago and not the new ones.
The moral of this story is beware of buying an older or used adapter on
Cheers - Jonathan
At CompUSA I saw a (Monster Cable?) implementation that looked pretty much like
what Alpine offers for their ("M" series?) units.
You purchase the unit plus a cable that's specific to your vehicle and,
optionally, a little LCD readout to stick on the dash that seems to approximate
part of what you see on the iPod screen.
Anybody know if this (Monster Cable) device is the same one that Alpine offers?
If so, I might even give it a try on my '98 burb until I can bring myself to
purchase a new Alpine tuner/player.
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