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  1. Thanks for that guide -- outstanding disassembly instructions that I'm sure I couldn't have figured out on my own without breaking anything. It appears that the audio goes straight into the amplifier, so that gives me hope that my original idea would work fairly easily. Presumably one of the pins is an "override" signal that switches the amp from the head unit to the alternate input (the Motorola BT in this case). I know on the ES that the H/U is involved in some way, since you can program 6 preset phone numbers IIRC, but again, I don't know if the input/outputs from the IS and ES H/Us ar
  2. Anyone know if this is possible? I know such a thing was never offered in the IS (bluetooth without Nav), but the ES350 of the same year DID have that option. If the head units are the same (internally -- obviously the faceplates and displays are different) then I'm thinking I could get the P/Ns for the steering wheel buttons and mic and wire them up to the radio. Heck, for all I know, the mic might already be present. I'm just thinking that with part reuse and all, the capability might actually be present in the stereo, just untapped, as it were. EDIT: As an alternative, maybe it's possi
  3. I use All Seasons, which don't get great traction in any conditions, but get decent traction in *all* conditions. Forget what they are, but I've been fairly satisfied with them. They still have good tread after 2 years (albeit less than 20k miles in that time). I was looking at chains and/or winter tires, but not sure if I'll go that direction now that I've heard the lack of success from others. At any rate, I do OK in Colorado winters, and the greatest challenge is getting into my driveway; particularly since the entrance is more of a curb than a ramp. I can't really get up any speed with
  4. Correct me if I'm wrong, but unlike the game, I think the paddles only force a downshift (within limits), not an upshift. For example, if you click the upshift paddle (or use the shifter knob) from 1st to 2nd at, say, 3000RPM with full throttle, the car still won't shift until it reaches nearly max RPMs. Since you can only prevent an upshift, the very best you can do is to avoid a late shift.. something the transmission will do on its own when left in auto. Additionally, for downshifting, it's almost always faster to simply mash the throttle, which will automatically downshift (assuming you
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