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Mystery accessory

Post by docjohnpaul » Fri May 01, 2020 1:23 pm

I’ve had this 2008 xc90 for several years. This thing was mounted to the center speaker grill. It’s always bothered me, but I never got around to investigating it until the COVID 19 lockdown.

It was definitely put there by a pro. It was connected to something (maybe the head unit) by a purple wire with a legit looking connector. There is no speaker underneath, which pisses me off a little bit.

The part has the Volvo of Sweden logo stamped underneath, so I presume it’s some kind of factory or dealer modification.

Anybody have a clue?
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Re: Mystery accessory

Post by crlande » Fri May 01, 2020 2:11 pm

Going to add that it looks like base for a plug and play device.

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Re: Mystery accessory  Topic is solved

Post by ggleavitt » Fri May 01, 2020 3:29 pm

Cradle for a Garmin nuvi, the "other" accessory option for adding GPS. Nuvi 75x and 76x, may be a few others that will fit.
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Re: Mystery accessory

Post by docjohnpaul » Fri May 01, 2020 4:51 pm

Thanks. I figured it was something like that. I even tried setting my Garmin in it some time ago, but my nuvi is too new for this cradle.

I just hate that they punched 3 holes in the speaker grille and yanked out the speaker just for an accessory that would be obsolete within 4-5 years. It would be fine to do that on a new Kia Rio or something, because the Garmin will probably outlive the Kia.

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Re: Mystery accessory

Post by MoVolvos » Sun May 10, 2020 5:36 pm

docjohnpaul wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 4:51 pm
Thanks. I figured it was something like that. I even tried setting my Garmin in it some time ago, but my nuvi is too new for this cradle.

I just hate that they punched 3 holes in the speaker grille and yanked out the speaker just for an accessory that would be obsolete within 4-5 years. It would be fine to do that on a new Kia Rio or something, because the Garmin will probably outlive the Kia.
Depending on the size of the holes a small black plug can trim it out well. A little paint or black wrap on the plug would do also.
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The smaller plugs could work.
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Re: Mystery accessory

Post by shiloh51933 » Thu May 14, 2020 11:12 am

docjohnpaul wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 4:51 pm
Thanks. I figured it was something like that. I even tried setting my Garmin in it some time ago, but my nuvi is too new for this cradle.

I just hate that they punched 3 holes in the speaker grille and yanked out the speaker just for an accessory that would be obsolete within 4-5 years. It would be fine to do that on a new Kia Rio or something, because the Garmin will probably outlive the Kia.
That grille is actually the location of the Volvo Factory Navigation System.
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