Luv, Ifound this on another thread "ipod hookup on 2002" or something like that. I think it's worth investigating.
purchased the iPod integration kit from Delorean Pilot off eBay for $90. Very slick, and works like a charm!
As expected, the most difficult part was unhooking the CD Changer harness from the back of the Magnetti Marelli CD unit. I found sitting in the back seat after removing the center console lid, and one of the vents made it much easier.
Anyhow, after hooking it up, I did find that you have to have a CD in the changer to make it work with the iPod. I just stuck in an old CD that I never listen to (something like Lawrence Welk) and the iPod worked like a charm. Of course you can't get anything cool, like the Album artwork, or song names to display on the display unit, but that doesn't really trouble me.
I filed a slot in the box to allow the cable to be pulled our further if needed and also so it won't get pinched with opening and closing the lid.
It sounds as with this set-up the cd changer has been eliminated, or am I misinterpreting? If possible, I'd prefer to have the changer connected.
Jeremy had messaged me about a Dension product, but it doesn't appear to be available in the US currently. He's looking into it further.
Yes, I think with this set up (which I'm in the middle of installing) the CD changer is eliminated. Personally, given that you still have the single disc up front and given that the ipod holds the equivalent of many more CDs than the changer, it was a tradeoff I was willing to make (after all, all the CDs I previously had in the car are ripped and on the ipod)
Installation has been pretty easy (very easy if you have small hands - hardest part is getting to the plug on the back of the headunit), and would be easy to reverse if you were selling the car and wanted to return it to stock, or if you were just tired of the ipod hookup.
Glad to hear of the installation success, and satisfaction with my product.
If you are interested in keeping the CD changer, I do offer a version that includes switches that allow you to switch back and forth between the CD Changer and iPod.
The problem is the switches are pretty large. They are a little smaller than two packs of cigarettes. One customer didn't like them, so I am very careful to caution everyone that they might not be able to find a good spot to install the switches due to the size.
I offer 100% money back guarantee, so if you want the switches, but don't like them, send it back, and I can give you a refund, or I can send you the one without the switches (and partial refund for the switches). You just have to pay for return shipping.
I can provide the cable with switches that allow you to switch the audio back and forth between the ipod (or other audio device i.e. MP3, XM, Sirius) and the CD Changer.
The problem is the switches are relatively big. About the size of two packs a cigarretts. Maybe a little smaller than that. So the trick for you is finding a good inconspicuous spot for the switches. Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the different Maserati models to recommend a spot. I do have various extention cables that can give you flexibility with where you want to put the switches.
If you want the version with the switches, you can try that, and if you don't like it, send it back, and I can send you the normal version.
1. Do you have to have the cd changer ? or does it just plug into that jack on the back of the NIT ?
YES, you must have a CD changer. That is the only way to "trick" the Blaupunkt OEM headunit in the Maserati.
2. Can you use a shuffle or nano, or only an ipod ?
You can use a nano. The shuffle is a little different since it uses a standard headphones jack instead of the iPod connector. If you have a shuffle or iPhone, I can make it with a headphones jack. No charging though.
3. Can you control it from the headunit ? Any display on the headunit ?
You can't control anything from the headunit. And nothing from the iPod displays on the headunit. Sorry.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Feel free to e-mail me direct at [email protected]
It should work the same with the Spyder. You'll need to connect it behind the headunit, and again, you'll need to have an EXTERNAL CD CHANGER installed in your vehicle.