This seems like a great work around for me. I did not want to set up my Echo Auto because I thought that I would have the same problem. I am perfectly happy with my phone/bluetooth, radio and sms setup as is. I want to use Echo Auto as a better way for Alexa to hear my requests to play Amazon Music, sometimes use Maps, play Audible and to hear and respond to my requests to make lists and reminders. Nothing else. I am mostly interested in Echo Auto's ability to hear me above road noise and to access my cars speakers to play audio for Amazon Music and Audible I am not interested in Echo Auto replacing what I already have that works just fine. This might work for me. Thamks!
Alexa and I took our little road trip yesterday. I intentionally drove through assorted conditions-- an industrial park, residential areas, some heavy, slow moving traffic on a 4-lane road, several active construction zones (ugh! They're everywhere!), a downtown area, and a shopping center parking lot. The only problems I had were strictly "operator error" (no matter how loudly I shouted, it wouldn't respond to "Echo" as a wake word Go figure! Ha!) I listened to music, checked some MLB scores, and sent a text to my daughter letting her know what hot stuff her old mom is. The connection remained strong, and the sound was crystal clear; no static or interference at all. I did read that others might be able to hear my music, but I figure that will just let them know what good taste I have. I didn't see that about the sensors though. Yikes! I didn't have anything like that happen, and hope I never do! My car is 16 years old and I'm hoping it will outlive me! All in all, I'm really happy with both the transmitter and the Echo Auto. No, I didn't need the Echo Auto, but I'm so glad I got it! I'm already thinking of all the ways I'll be using it.
Hey there, I just got the echo car today but unable to use since I drive a Honda 2005 with no AUX or Bluetooth. I followed your awesome thread and see hope. I wanted to check of this is the actual product you used? When I searched I got alot of options. This one has an AUX in/out option as well. Any help is appreciated
One of my cars is a 2003 Ford Explorer. It's sort of the family pet, and we use it for camping, towing boats, etc. It has a cassette deck in it. You can get the adapter from Amazon, which fits into the cassette player, and the other end connects to the axuillary port on the Echo Auto. It works great in our "Old Faithful!"
Hi greyhndz. Can I ask how you connected your device? I have tried NUMEROUS times with a Bluetooth FM transmitter, like you described. It will NOT work, and I have tried everything! Unpairing, rebooting, etc. I used a Nulaxy FM transmitter. I notice that the one you purchased has a 4.2 BT version. I'm thinking that may be my problem.
If you get a chance, can you give step by step directions on how you hooked it up, and which model you purchased? I would greatly appreciate it!
greyhndz. My car radio does not have Bluetooth or AUX. I have read your post and I do not quite understand the hook up. I have a Bluetooth FM transmitter, did you connect the echo auto to the transmitter by echo USB connector and or AUX cable?
Thanks for answering me. I had to use both the Echo USB connector and the AUX cable. I finally got it hooked up, but now it every time I ask Alexa a question, it beeps instead of giving me an answer. What am I doing wrong???
greyhndz, I read through this whole thread and was really happy when you posted which FM transmitter you had purchased because I already own that one and use it all the time to listen to Amazon Music in my car. I got a free Echo Auto from my insurance company and have been trying to set it up for a week with no luck. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. When it gets to the point in the set up where it plays the sound check and then you press continue, was there a delay for you? I can’t seem to get past that point. I hear a sound repeated through my car speakers and press continue, but it stays on that screen and won’t go any further. Also, did you select Bluetooth connect or use the aux. cable and connect to the FM transmitter? You have been a wealth of knowledge and provided so much help in this thread already and I appreciate any answers, tips, or advice you can give me. Thanks so much!!
Not specific to this set up but I did have that happen while struggling through some unrelated set up issues. It's best to "reboot" everything, including your phone, then start over (and delete the Auto from the Alexa app if it appears there).