Photo By James Good (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesgood/118428102)

I Need To Replace My Car’s Entertainment System

Joseph Quigley
Apr 25, 2015 · 2 min read

I recently bought a new-to-me car. It’s a 2006 Mini Cooper and it is desperate need of an entertainment system. 2006 was a strange year for car entertainment systems. The cassette player was obsolete, but BlueTooth was not prevalent. So that means I’m stuck with a CD player which for some reason has no auxiliary input. The problem is that ten years later, CDs and radio are obsolete (at least for me). It’s 2015 and I need a new entertainment system.

Looking around, there’s a variety of aftermarket and official Mini OEM systems, but I’m looking at about $100 to $800 in equipment and adapters. The purist in me wants to use OEM parts which gives me two options: Get a BlueTooth radio set for the 2006 model, or retrofit a newer one. The frugal part of me thinks that paying upwards of $400 for Mini branded stuff is just stupid when the aftermarket has much newer and better solutions for less.

While I love my car, I’m hesitant right now to put money into things that don’t improve its function. There’s far more non-car things I would like to save up for and buy. So maybe I should just get one of those cheap radio transmitter adapters, or better yet, drill a hole in the glove compartment and run a $30 AUX cable adapter kit to the entertainment system (which for some reason has an input inside the center console but not in front).

Or should I? I don’t plan to go on a ton of long boring road trips in the car. I live close to work and commute in the opposite direction of rush hour. Mini Coopers are a brand of BMW, a company whose slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and I bought the car for its manual transmission and its sport package. It has a fantastic-sounding supercharger and the sound of the engine alone makes me smile every day. Maybe that’s all the music I need to listen to right now.

The Process

A group of peers strike out into the world to learn, succeed, fail, rinse and repeat.

    Joseph Quigley

    Written by

    The Process

    A group of peers strike out into the world to learn, succeed, fail, rinse and repeat.

    More From Medium

    Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
    Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
    Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade