I drive a Ford Expedition with over 200,000 miles on it (248,327 to be exact) -- yes, you read right -- and even though it's still in excellent condition, a new stereo for this vehicle is really out of the question (or at least it should be.) I would however still love to listen to my new iPod Nano while heading out to the grocery store or while picking up my kids from baseball camp or rather just to pass the time when stuck on the Jersey turnpike.
My dilemma: WIRED
magazine says that the simple FM adapters blow. Their solution: Install an auxiliary jack to plug directly into your MP3 player
- RIP IT OUT. Most dash panels attach with screws or clips, so if you can't find screws, try pulling carefully or prying at the sides with a flat-head screwdriver. Wrap the tip with tape to avoid scratches.
- FIND AUX INPUT. Most after-market stereos have RCA jacks -- those red and white female connectors -- at the back for hooking up extra audio sources. Some factory-installed ones have them for a CD changer or satellite radio input.
- INSTALL A CABLE. Get a Y cable (also known as a RCA-to-1/4" mini stereo cable). This will connect those RCA jacks to your iPod's 3.5-mm stereo jack. Also works with non-iPod mp3 players.
- FIND YOUR SPOT. Plug the cable into the RCA jacks and snake the plug to a convenient location -- like the glove box. They suggest not drilling holes if you ever want to sell the car. -- Good advice.
- PUT IT BACK. Replace the dash panel. Be careful not to crimp the new wires.
All things considered ... It might just be easier to buy a new car.