Tracewhy...You have a collection of very nice cars!
My Mini is on the way (an 05 MCS Automatic) - I CAN'T WAIT!
First, THE ANGLE (so I don't forget): With the screen CLOSED, sit in the front passenger seat and take a picture with the camera where your right shoulder is...Oh wait...Your passenger seat is on the other side...Place the camera where your LEFT shoulder is.
Then, if you have some "film" left, open the passenger door and take one from about the same height but at a sharper angle (as though someone is looking in the window at your dash). Thank you SO MUCH for doing that...I appreciate it!
I understand your concern regarding the "retro" look of the car. My wife and I actually decided against the factory installed GPS because of this (and added the Chrono kit instead). We actually added the chrono kit so that an aftermarket in-dash DVD/GPS deck could be added without having to worry about ruining the look of the car (and we wanted the speedo on the steering column). That's why I'm so concerned about the look of the AVIC when the screen is closed. I want to drive around San Francisco in my little "retro" Mini and then push a button to transform it into a technological powerhouse when on long trips.
I would love to hear some opinions from others that have the AVIC installed in a Mini. How does it jive with the "personality" of the car?
MIKEYTHEMINI...I hear you're the person to talk to regarding compatibility with the MFSW. My 2005 (late January build) MCS Auto is arriving at the end of this month. I ordered the standard CD stereo system (not the Harman Kardon upgrade). I've heard this comes wth the new steering wheel that includes Bluetooth buttons too. What is the current status of getting the MFSW to control the Pioneer AVIC-N1? I'd prefer NOT to do the IR thing.