I bought my MAXX in late May and also got the Car Dock with rapid vehicle charger, all from Amazon. I was happy. A month or so later, I noticed the car dock shorting out a little bit. The roads where I live are pretty smooth, but now, if I hit even the tiniest bump, the sound will cut out. That said, this device is useless to me now.
Basically I have a 2004 minivan. There's no Aux port, just a CD and tape player, so I am forced to use a tape deck adapter. I've "stuck" my car dock on the top of my windshield and I've placed the cord such that it hangs behind the rearview mirror, then splits to the tape deck adapter, and then the cigarette lighter to charge. When the audio cuts out, if I barely move the part of the wire hanging in between the car dock and the rearview mirror, the sound comes back, until I hit another tiny bump.
I don't know exactly where the "short" is, if it's the connector or if it's the wire, itself. I've unplugged it and replugged it back in, with no different results. Is there a way of determining the culprit, here?
I've read a similar thread, maybe in this forum that the car dock does degrade after a while. I'm not sure if it's the quality of the materials or the sunlight killing it over time.
I mainly use my car dock (well...when it actually was working correctly) to read my texts to me, listen to Pandora and talk "hands-free" on my phone. I would hear the other person talking through my minivan's speakers if I tapped on speaker phone button. When I plug my phone into my car dock, (my app of choice) Car Dock Ultra automatically loads.
Is there another solution which might be a little bit more "full-proof" that allows me to do what I want to do? I read somewhere that there are Bluetooth to Auxiliary devices, but I don't know if they would transmit everything needed. Obviously Bluetooth can't charge the phone, but that's just fine, because we all know how good the MAXX's battery is.
Anyone else with a similar experience? Is there a better quality dock to use for both audio and charging? Should I just forget about charging and get the aforementioned Bluetooth device to suit my audio needs?