I have one on order and will supposedly have it in on Thursday. I will install it this weekend. The factory installation instructions suck pretty badly because they want you to have two wires coming from random places out of trim pieces, and I'm not down for that. I'm going to drill some holes or...better yet...getting a friend to install it who has more car install knowledge than I have. If you want the installation instructions, I can up them for you all so that you can see what the finished product is SUPPOSED to look like.
I have it and definitely a good buy. It hooks up to the radio which uses the speakers and there is a microphone to speak in to. There is a small, and lit, controller that operates the system. Your phone and your car will work as 1 device without much effort on your part.
How it works.
1. you "pair" the system and the phone by following the instructions.
2. you can program the system with phone numbers by human names.
2a. if you chose NOT to program it you can "digit dial" by speaking the numbers.
3. press the "call" button and speak out "call" then "digit dial" or "name dial"(if programed).
3a. your radio automatically mutes.
4. your phone automatically dials.
5. when someone calls you your radio mutes and then your radio "rings".
6. you press the button and say "hello caller".
7. if you have a private call you can transfer the call from the car to the phone.
8. you can "pair" more than one phone.
9. the system is voice activated when you learn the correct speech wording... which is easy. If you forget the system will walk you through it.
It's worth it. But tint your windows because people will think you are talking to yourself. :lol: :lol: Also your favorite "drive-thru" will be looking at you differently when the cashier hears you talking and then hearing a response with no one in the car.
I don't have pictures... and since I moved I can't find my camera. Sorry.
The controller is about 1"x1" estimated. It lights up a yellowish-green when the exterior lights come on.
Caller Id - None. Only on your phone.
Mute - Automatically for incoming and outgoing calls.
Connection type - Bluetooth automatic when car is on. Can be left inside a bag or even in the backseat. IT HAS TO BE WITHIN 20 FEET TO WORK.
Calling - Voice dialing or by programmed phone book. Does not recognized your cellphone contacts.
Where is the control pad? To the left top of the shifter close to the coin tray thing. Right where the shifter console meets the dash. The microphone is on the upper-left of the windshield. No additional speakers. It uses your radio speakers.
The Ford dealer installed it. I can't see 1 wire. It was a good job.
I would love to have any pictures or instructions. I installed something very similar to to this in my 2003 Dodge Ram a few years ago, if it is anything like that, the toughest part will be getting the dash apart, My email is [email protected]
Got your email SWJ - glad to hear you got it at a good price. Mine came in factory Ford Accessory boxes in the factory packaging, so it's the real deal - harness plus the mobile-ease unit and all the accessories you need to install it and the user guide. I am going to install mine tomorrow so I'll provide some pics. Since I don't have traction control, I'm going to try to use the dead "button" where the traction control light goes, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm not THAT good with modding.
Did this earlier today. The dealer instructions (that suck very, very badly) wanted me to put the button unit somewhere on the wood grain fascia......ummm...excuse me??? So, we had to do something a lil different. Instead, we used the space in that little ramped change holder next to the AV plug to squeeze the wire through and created a nice pressure mount that worked out very well.
For those who are going to install it, THROW AWAY THE FACTORY INSTRUCTIONS!!! They want you to run the wire from the driver side all the way over to the passenger side and then down and behind the glove compartment, and then connect all the stuff and zip tie the controller box to the main tape deck frame. This is a HORRIBLE way of doing things.
Going via the driver side was MUCH more convenient. Fish tape was an excellent helper. I will get daytime pics tomorrow to show the mount better (assuming that I have my car back....right now it's "on loan" from the dealer since TECHNICALLY they're still "fixing" my seat squeak issue. Driving without a passenger seat all weekend was.....strange.....to say the least, but dammit I had to have my bluetooth!!!!!! 8)
Yes, it was mostly plug and play, but I surrounded myself with a buddy who knows a little more about car audio than I do.
The tool to get the fascia off was really just a very skinny flathead screwdriver. If you do electrical work, then you'll know what I mean when I say that a "trim screwdriver" did just fine getting into the areas. There are clips that have to bend and give way (at the bottom near the AC controls). Be careful because you don't want to break them. But, as soon as you push these back, ease up and out on the fascia and it will start to separate. Disconnect the clock, right, and left controls from the fascia and it will remove completely. Then the deck removes with four screws and the real fun begins :lol:
Yes, you CAN control the volume of the person who is speaking, and you can do it via the deck or the steering wheel controls. AND this is completely independent from the volume of the radio (i.e. there is a "phone volume" that only applies to the bluetooth set when it is engaged). My phone volume is a 15, and my car radio is always much more than that. 8) When I go into phone mode, my deck will say "Phone" and the volume will adjust to whatever it was the last time I was talking. I could hear just fine with standard speakers and no one said that they heard an echo. I can only imagine how the quality would have been like if I had REAL speakers in my car. The system allows you to store numbers to a certain person's name (you can store 32 names, each with a max of 3 numbers). This is independent of your cell phone's voice recognition. It's a pain to set up, but it only took me 20 minutes to add 15 people and 30-40 numbers because the prompts are actually pretty quick. If you speak fast, but clearly, the system has no problem with you saying numbers in "rapid fire" - I even tried to go "too fast" for it a few times and never did it. Yeah, I know supposedly we Texans talk slower than the rest of the country, but not this Texan .
Very nice system, and the guy who helped me said that it was the nicest Bluetooth kit he had ever laid hands on (he works at the install department at Circuit City). The only problem I've had so far I believe is actually with my CELL PHONE and not with the kit. It first took me four times to pair the cell phone with the car before it "took" successfully. When you pair the phone with the car, PLEASE follow these steps or else you might have to do it four times like I did:
1. Turn car on - Bluetooth kit will activate.
2. Turn cell phone on.
3. Go through the steps to find the phone.
4. When the kit is looking for the phone (and it gives a long time), go to your connections menu and make your vehicle find the "MOBILE_EASE" handsfree.
5. Put in the password (0000) and the two will pair.
6. Turn off your car.
7. Get out WITH your cell phone in hand.
8. Wait 5-10 minutes.
9. Get back in the car (with cell phone on).
10. Start up the car and let the device pair with your cell phone.
I've noticed that if I have to restart my cell phone while I'm in my car, I have to repair the phone to the device because the phone just isn't smart enough to find my device after it power cycles. Again, I think my phone is a little screwed up and yours may not have this problem, but mine really did - I have a Motorola V557.
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