Well, I got the XCarLink and fitted it today. Pretty straightforward to do, and I even managed to get their techy guy Russ on the phone for a little natter last week.
I also took the opportunity to move the Parrot handsfree display from right on top of the centre console (previous owner
) to next to the steering wheel base, where only I can see it.
The XCarLink doesn't seem to work well with the dashboard display, I can't get track names up. Also, I don't seem to be able to get playlists to work (this is meant to be possible by going up and down the CD ports in the changer, but instead of changing CD's it's suggested you should be able to go up and down the playlists off the iPod). The only display functionality I seem to have is time elapsed of whatever song is playing.
If anyone can suggest a way of making these work, that'd be great. But to be honest, I wasn't necessarily expecting these things, just to be able to play the iPod in the car on shuffle is great, and I can skip to the next track using steering wheel control (or indeed, on the headunit).
If I want to select an artist or an album, I still have the option of manually controlling the iPod (of course, not on the move!)
Generally, I'm a pretty happy bunny