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Old 04-26-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
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Side Grills and New Head Units

Hi All - Been lurking for about a month, but this is my first post.

I bought an Arctic Silver 2003 Boxster S about a month ago now - its my daily driver, replacing a 2001 Mercedes CLK55 (which is for sale on Cars.com if anyone is interested!)

Need input on a couple of issues:

New head units with iPod integration - my car came with the CDR-23 with HiFi speakers (not Bose, though) - it seems like the only iPod integration solutions are a $600+ Dension Icelink, or a $600 spec.dock - can someone recommend third party head units that have iPod integration? Some of the Alpine and Pioneer head units look nice, and are no more than $500 with iPod integration and sometimes Bluetooth, but I have no idea if they will easily integrate with the Boxster's fiber optic system... any recommendations?

#2 side vents - I have seen a couple of Boxsters around town that have side vents without any visible grill inside - does anyone know where I wouild find these grills? I looked briefly on PeilcanParts.com and did not have any luck finding side grills at all.


Look forward to any sugestions!

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Old 04-26-2007, 07:08 AM   #2
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Welcome,

1, Not sure about that one...

2, I personally think your vent gills are alot nicer than our older vent gills.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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I think you'll need a head unit AND new amplifier to get past the fiber optic setup.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:06 PM   #4
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greetings i just installed the pioneer deh 9800bt
it has
ipod
multi cd for optional cd changer
telephone for use with bt telephones
bt audio for use with bt audio units
stereo tuner

i got it online for $325.00 free shipping

works awsome

has a serious equalizer for all the fine tuning

i also put in 2 jl audio xr 650 csi speakers $245.00 off ebay
and 2 jl audio xr 650 cxi speakers $185.00
1 jl audio 8v3 subwoofer in a passenger footwell fiberglass enclosure
sub only $150.00
1 jl audio 500/5 channel amp $250 used off ebay
1 pioneer 12 cd changer $140.00 off ebay
1200.00 to install all including 35% window tinting


love the sound makes me
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:29 PM   #5
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#2 side vents - I have seen a couple of Boxsters around town that have side vents without any visible grill inside - does anyone know where I wouild find these grills? I looked briefly on PeilcanParts.com and did not have any luck finding side grills at all.
Porsche started painting the grills in 2002. Earlier cars have black or dark grey vents. You'll notice that the cars you see with the dark side grills also have dark grills in the front bumper as well.
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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If you want true iPod integration, you're going to have to do a new head unit. Since your car is MOST bus equipped, that means you're also going to need new amplification as well.

As far as head units, the newer Eclipse and Alpine units have very well designed integration, especially the Eclipse nav units.

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Old 04-27-2007, 11:38 AM   #7
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I use the Alpine 9857 head unit and Alpine PDX 4.150 amplifier.

I also upgraded to Focal V3Slim speakers.


Yep, anyway you look at it, it's going to be a $600+ adventure just to hook up your iPod.

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