December 28, 2017
Ummm..... 300$? Really!!??
Well, despite the reviews I went ahead and purchased it. It’s a great look, and it definitely makes the car look like the ipad is factory fit. However, For 300$ I really don’t like hafting to
mod the mod! First off the magnet fell out, and the backing where the magnet sits was all cracked.... So I had to super glue that in place, and reinforce the back where it was all cracked. FYI it was really thin material there, maybe a millimeter of wood.
The next frustrating point was that the pre-drilled holes to mount the heat adjustment unit where pre-drilled much larger than the original screws. So I had to go and find a bunch of screws to fit. On that same heating adjustment unit there are also 4 separate places to mount it on the original dash plate, them being top and bottom left, and top and bottom right. However, on mine the bottom two did not even come close to lining up. Easily about an inch or more off, hanging off the entire back plate. IE: There was nothing to drill into. This left the screw mounts from the original heating unit hanging out, which did not fit behind the left and right triangleish shaped retaining panels on either the passenger or driver side. But since I was determined, I cut some notechs into the side panels so that they could snap back into place over the screw mounts, as well as holes for the ipad usb cable to fit under the triangle shaped side panels.
Last but not least the little slit that was predrilled for the charging cable to run to the ipad mini, was a bit too small.... a lot a bit to small.... so I had to redrill the hole. (This is different from the hole that I drilled in the side triangle panels.This had to
be drilled in the ipad dash kit itself.)
Also, on the original mustang dash plate, it had the bottom lip that connected to the center console for a flush look. This is entirely missing, so stuff can fall down under neath the center console. So you have to fill it in with something.
Furthermore, other reviews say that the original double din stereo system was too big and did not fit behind it with the volume adjustment knob on. However, mine does with no problem, so it’s probably a case by case situation.
Would I buy it again? Well I am a sucker for tech in cars, so probably. But after handling it I am really disappointed in the craftsmanship, and I don’t think it should be more than 150$ considering it is wood with a thin plastic laminate on top. But hey, now I had an ipad, in my car with data, gps, and audio streaming! :) But I think American muscle should work out a better deal with the company for a better price. Then it’d sell more. This is also not made by american muscle, or one of their branches, which explains why the quality is so low.
I don’t write this to deter someone from buying it, but just to inform. Expect to have to do more than remove some screws, and be ready to cut/drill holes! If you want and Ipad in your car, there is no other solution. So go for it if you have 300$.