COMAND APS analogue-to-digital upgrade for R230 SL

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by SeanC, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. SeanC

    SeanC New Member

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    Hello all.

    Firstly a bit of background as it's my first post. Just traded in a Quattroporte (which I loved) at the end of its warranty and taken delivery of an SL, which I already love too for different reasons. Great to be back in a Mercedes after collecting an E-Class estate from the factory a few years ago.

    The SL's 18 months old, has toys aplenty and was barely half the list price when new. Talk about Jekyll and Hyde, performance-wise. Scares me to think what more than five seconds of full throttle would do!

    Anywayyy, a question. I'd like to upgrade the SL's existing analogue TV to digital at some point. It's a 2007 model with DVD navigation in the boot. I'm glad to see from my searches here that the upgrade looks like a straightforward thing to do. However I'm hopeless at DIY and would only use a dealer or specialist to do the job. It would be good to avoid vehicle warranty issues and to have a warranty on the work, although the latter isn't essential. I also want an installation that's as seamless and integrated as possible, and preferably fully controlled from the existing COMAND interface.

    I've seen mention of an official M-B retrofit for about £600 - is that right? Is there a part number? Is that price for the kit only or does it include fitting?

    Alternatively, can anyone recommend a specialist in Southern England (Surrey to South Coast) to do the job? I'd appreciate if any recommendations are from personal experience, preferably of a specialist doing the same job on an SL or similar. And any idea of the total cost for that route? The hardware looks cheap but I imagine the labour may not be!

    And are there any pros and cons between the dealer and specialist approaches?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    Cheers

    Sean
     
  2. miro

    miro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Due to the design of the car and the optical ring you are limited to using an AV port on the existing TV tuner.

    The MB retrofit kit offers a number of integation features including the cars front screen signal antennas.

    The channels are controlled by the remote which is supplied.

    If you choose a non-original brand then you have to find a place to hide the TV tuner (and that is not easy on your model as its quite full) and then also hide the digital signal antennas.
     
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    bigtruth Active Member

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    Just found out that you are posting from Sydney.....
     
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    SeanC

    SeanC New Member

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    Many thanks, Miro. Looks like one-nil to the MB kit. Anyone have any idea of its part number or likely cost as fitted, or have any hands-on experience of it?

    Thanks.
     
  5. miro

    miro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    It sits under the panel on the rear-right side storage bin (if you can call it that) and it comes as one part number with all the parts.

    Workshop WIS has the part number. It is not contained in EPC.
     
  6. merc07

    merc07 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Your in luck. Get hold of either Alfie or Richard, they both use this forum. They are www.commandonline.co.uk and are based in Surrey. I don't think between them and Miro in Oz you will find anyone more knowledgeable on the subject.CheersAdam
     
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    SeanC New Member

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    Thanks Adam. I'll probably give them a ring as I also have a question on the Nav DVD and they clearly know their stuff!

    Sean
     

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