I went by Best Buy this afternoon to see about getting a hardwire for my Escort. I called three of them the past couple weeks and they all seemed to know what was up but not this one. I asked the guy about a hardwire for a 8500 and he called the install guys and said 'yeah he had one' and ran down there and got it for me and came back and I said thanks and walked away and when I looked down I saw it was the smartcord and debated over it for about 15 mins then handed it back and left. He said they didn't have any 'basic' ones and that I would need to get one from Escort.
So I did. Ordered a basic hardwire kit and a new bracket today. Guy was cooltoo and hopefully I can hardwire it in over the holiday weekend.
I was going back and forth on the smartcord though. I like things looking OEM as possible and the only way to put it where I would of wanted it (ashtray) would of taken a lot of time. Last May I put in an OEM navigation system and had the whole car torn apart so I know what's up but still said nay. Just plan on tapping something in the moonroof control area.