I’m no mind reader, but I’d wager a few dollars and say that, if you have a Volvo XC90 built between 2003 and about 2005/06 there’s a good chance that there’s a CD slot in your head unit that you don’t use. Because your CD player has been broken and it’s probably been that way for some time. When I bought my 2004 XC90 2.5T just over two years ago, it never occurred to me that I should bring a CD to test the CD player. Granted it’s a 12-year-old car and I never did much research on the 6-disc changer – I should have. But at the time I only had three CDs, so who cares?
Now, there are basically three schools of thought when it comes to addressing the broken CD player issue:
- You say “screw it” and do nothing. You probably don’t have CDs anyway.
- You refuse to grow up and digitize all your CDs. So you find a reconditioned CD player.
- You come into this decade and get yourself a GROM.
If you’re part of group #2 this post probably isn’t for you. Since you’ve done the unthinkable and actually spent a bit of money on a unit (that will likely fail again) you’re currently inserting and ejecting your Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam CDs in and out of the CD slot.
If you’re part of the other two groups, there a CD slot on your head unit that’s just sitting there. Doing nothing. Just…looking at you.
But for under $5USD that little slot that once played songs nobody wants to hear anymore can be the home of every song you currently have on your phone. I’m talking about a cell phone holder for you XC90.
And when I say under $5, the cell phone holder I got cost me $2.65USD including shipping. I have no idea how that is possible, but I’m not questioning the working of AliExpress.
Anyway, if you own a first-generation XC90 you’ll notice that there’s really not a great place to put your phone. Maybe in front of the shift lever in that rubbery place that looks like you’re supposed to put a pen there, but that location doesn’t give you good access to view your phone if you use it for things like directions/maps or something like the Torque app.
I suppose you could place your phone in front of the cluster guage while you drive, but that makes it awkward to get to, if you need to tap your phone.
Other than these two not-so-great-spots, I can’t really think of a place for your phone.
In Volvo’s defense, smart phones weren’t really ubiquitous back in those days. So, I really can’t fault them for not having a better place for my phone. Clearly though, they were right on the money when it came to the sheer number of places designed to safely store a water bottle. I lost count at 10 places designed specifically for drinks. Bavo, Volvo.
Anyway, here’s a good example of a phone holder for an XC90:
It slips into the slot. Tightens down. Holds your phone. Done.
Don’t let the price fool you. I’ve had my phone holder for almost two years and it’s solid as anything. The price is good because you’re buying from the source and not from your neighborhood store who marks up the price 400% to make a profit.
And if you have a GROM in your XC90, this is a great way to manage your music in an easily reachable, and viewable place. But don’t ever use your phone while you’re driving if it’s illegal where you are. If you’re driving, you should have a passenger skip over your Smashing Pumpkins playlist and go for something newer or older. It’s safer that way. Trust me.