|Car Stereo Upgrade FAIL!|
The plan was that I would drive my wife's newer car (which had a modern stereo with bluetooth, XM, etc.) and she would drive my older car instead of buying a different (and likely newer and more expensive) car to drive.
The only problem was that she was not excited about the old school radio. She would miss her XM satellite radio and streaming songs from her phone via Bluetooth.
Fortuately, the shortcomings of an older car radio are a pretty easy problem to solve by replacing the old radio with a new one. For around $120 you can get a fancy new car radio with a USB port that supports Bluetooth streaming. For about $80 more, you can add an XM satellite radio receiver. Throw in about $100 more for cables and installation, and you can make an old car seem a lot newer.
So why did I decide to return the car stereo and get my money back? The first problem was that the buttons on the steering wheel would no longer work. It would cost over $100 extra to hook them up, so we decided to skip that feature.
The next problem was the total bill for the radio and installation was around $350 with taxes, fees, etc.
From my perspective, the new car radio wasn't really an upgrade since I listen to music on CDs: the old radio had a 6 disc changer and the new radio only held 1 disc. Plus, the steering wheel buttons would no longer work.
After further review, we decided to skip upgrading the radio. My wife will continue to drive the newer car and I will continue to drive my older car.
This reminds me a lot of going with "Option 1" for my computer upgrade. As you may remember, I decided to do nothing and not upgrade my computer.
Now I have decided to do nothing and not upgrade my car radio. Do you sense a trend here?