After 15 years and a mere 125k miles my gen 3.5 is still running like a top. Unfortunately it's age does show in certain parts of the car. I'm trying to make an effort to make my car seem more modern. Recently I did the first actual mod and put a headunit in that plays...get this..CD'S! For some reason my XLE did not have a cd player. Anyways, after that I made an iPhone dock in the little pocket where the e-brake is on the 4 bangers. Now I'm trying to come up with ways to just make my car more modern. I also want to put on some basic features the car should have come with to begin with.
One thing I will never is understand is why I don't have a map light. I mean the light between the sunvisors, not in the middle of the headliner. Is it because I have a non-sunroof model? Either way, is there a chance my car is prewired for it so I can just pick one up at the scrap yard and put it in?
In addition to that little thing I'm looking for suggestions on things I can do. An example would be an LED light conversion on the interior which i'm currently researching (any helpful links would be greatly appreciated). I want the end product to look as stock as possible.
Changing the stock interior lighting is a great way to get started. That was my first mod. If you can find black gauges, go for it. Mine came black - bought mine used - and just changing the lighting made a huge difference. Looks like a different car at night.
Pretty standard. After some pretty stupid mistakes, which you won't make (like installing a NEOm LED with a metal screwdriver) because you're smarter than me, it now looks like this:
Still a little bit to do there. But, definitely less fuddy-duddy. My dome light is that color too. The shift knob is a pretty easy change, and it pretty much defines the interior, imo. I'm waiting on this one - should be here next week:
And I painted my factory rims. Gunmetal metallic - I used Duplicolor engine enamel with ceramic, for durability. Looks great, and it's dark enough that they don't outshine the body, with it's older sun-beaten pearl paint:
And someone said keep it clean. They are so right. That's a full 2/3 of it, really. If your car doesn't look like a show car, that's fine. But if it looks like it's been squatted in for a month or so, that's when the age shows. Shampoo the seats; I'm doing that before I put the covers on. I use Meguire's anything for the interior. I don't let Armorall anywhere near my car.
The LEDs can be go at superbrightleds.com
I ordered the shift knob at carbeyondstore.com
And I got some faux leather black and blue seat covers on Ebay. They'll be here next week. Now, I'm a little crazy. But, for the sake of ideas, I ordered a new molded carpet piece for my camry from stockinteriors.com
They have some pretty awesome colors.
sonicelectronix.com for sound
Crutchfield.com is pretty good too.
On the main thread page of the 3rd/4th gen forum, there's a huge DIY thread. Very helpful. There are a bunch of vendor sites listed on the TN main page. Scroll to the bottom and you'll see them. I hope you find something you like, and I hope you have as much fun realizing whatever vision you have for the car as I am (even if you want to tear out your hair sometimes - that's half the fun!)