I’ve been pondering whether to try and hack into the Viggen’s sound system so that I can listen to music via an iPod (that I’m yet to buy). I can remember many years ago buying my first car that had a radio in it and scrimping and saving to buy a cassette player. Then a CD player. The Viggen has an in-dash cassette player and a six-disc CD changer in the boot and I’m still not happy. I guess we all want the next big thing. I rarely bother with my CD changer and there could well be a nest of spiders in my tape deck right now and I wouldn’t know. It’s hard to believe they still inserted these in cars of this calibre until just a few years ago.
I’ve picked up on a project called Trollpod where a guy’s trying to integrate the iPod’s control functionality into a Saab. There’s a few manufacturers that include integrated iPod functions as a factory fitting. GM on the other hand, offer an aux-in plug with new models that allows the connection of any iPod or MP3 player, which I think is the smarter play.
The iPod functionality might be cool, but not everyone’s got, nor wants, an iPod and I think choice is pretty important. If you’re looking for an aftermarket iPod hookup though, Carl’s Trollpod might be the answer (when he gets it to market).
I also picked up the story on a guy who has hacked into his 1st gen 9-3 and got his digital music player running off the telephone input. I’m not sure how complex it is to set up, but the sound quality is supposed to be quite good. I’ve heard of others that have hacked into the CD input as well with similar results.
Fortunately, if you’re a 9-3 SS or Combi or Convertible owner (new gen convertibles only) there is a kit available, produced by Saab, that will enable you to hook up a proper line-in connection, just like the new factory set up. Elkparts are selling the kit for US$67.13 and it comes with everything you need. Instructions are downloadable from their site.
If only they made one of these for the 1st gen 9-3. Life would be whole lot simpler. Until they come up with something simpler for the Viggen than a hack, I guess I’ll keep shuffling the CD’s around once a month.
P.S: I guess if you can iPod a pair of shoes, you can iPod anything……