[s-cars] Built in phone - 93 S4

Wayne Dohnal wd1 at hevanet.com
Thu Jul 1 10:41:11 EDT 2004

>I've been thinking about removing the built-in phone from my 93 S4. In the
>three years that I've owned the car, I've never activated it, and don't see
>myself doing so in the future. Is there any way to update the phone to
>modern technology? If I decide to sell the car in the future (not anytime
>soon), is the value lowered because the phone is removed? What have others

I've been enjoying the use of the armrest as a storage compartment after
removing the phone a couple of years ago.  It's not the world's best
compartment, but it does the job.

I doubt that there is any reasonable way of updating the phone other than
totally replacing it.  I personally see little value in a built-in phone
because it's redundant with a standard cell phone and everybody has one
these days.  I know it's nicer with the vehicle integration, but not nice
enough for me to have another monthly bill.

As the S4s depreciate, I'd imagine that more and more of their owners would
be in the demographic category that don't want to take on another monthly
expense just because it's a little more convenient.  Most of those people
probably have cars less than a few years old.

Wayne Dohnal
1994 S4

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