IPOD and CD Changer

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Midland45

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Have recently got hold of an Genuine Mercedes IPOD fitting kit, to fit in my W 209 CLK, (MOST). I have previously fitted Comand APS and a CD changer to the car. Just need a bit of guidance on whether I have to ditch the CD changer when fitting the IPOD Kit. Also I realise the glovebox is the usual postion for the Ipod, but is there any reason it cant be fitted in the centre console arm rest upper compartment. The car hasn't got telephone prewire, so I am expecting a trip for a coding session to enable speedo display/telephone buttons.
Any help greatly appreciated
 
Have recently got hold of an Genuine Mercedes IPOD fitting kit, to fit in my W 209 CLK, (MOST). I have previously fitted Comand APS and a CD changer to the car. Just need a bit of guidance on whether I have to ditch the CD changer when fitting the IPOD Kit. Also I realise the glovebox is the usual postion for the Ipod, but is there any reason it cant be fitted in the centre console arm rest upper compartment. The car hasn't got telephone prewire, so I am expecting a trip for a coding session to enable speedo display/telephone buttons.
Any help greatly appreciated

You can keep the CD changer and still have the ipod connected up.

Installation is easy but you will almost certainly need some coding to make the phone buttons work to enable you to control the ipod.

The connection can go in the centre armrest but there is no hole for it so you will need to do some drilling! There is a pre-cut hole in the glove box on the left which makes things easier.
 
Thanks for your answer and help. I have now received the IPOD kit and it is for a new C class (W204) P/N A204 870 28 90. All the parts look identical to the CLK kit P/N B6 7 82 42 54, other than the manual obviously. I've looked on Richards site and see the differing part numbers for each kit and are now wondering whether it'll work. The previous owner says it worked in a 2004 C class which will be a W203, can anyone confirm this will work OK.
many thanks
Midland45
 
All the parts in the 204 xxx kit are different part numbers to those in the proper kit for your car.

In reality, all its doing is sitting on the CANbus between the head unit and the rest of the car intercepting/changing the messages sent to the cluster and listening for the steering wheel buttons - with the head unit listening for sound on its Aux input. And its likely that the older cars messages it sends/receives are a subset of the newer cars.

So, I'd try it since you have it !

Richard
 
Thanks for the reply. I have installed the W204 kit into my W209 Clk, and have found everything seems to work OK. The telephone switches on the steering wheel have no effect as yet, which i was expecting not having telephone prewire. So it'll be a trip to the dealers to have the telephone menu activated. Hopefully I can figure out navigation of the menus, the new C class has more buttons on the steering wheel, compared with mine.
 
OK I have the car booked in for 10/10/08 afternoon for some coding. Can I just confirm that the coding I require is only the telephone menu activated. This will then allow me to use the telephone buttons to permit access to menus etc. At the moment I have a display of track name in the speedo, track up /down and fast forward/ fast rewind by holding down the relevant arrow button. At the moment pressing either telephone button brings up function unavailable.
 
Yes, dealer needs to do 'retrofit ipod' procedure in Instrument Cluster menu using Star Diagnosis

R
 
Just an update. After many telephone conversations to the Mercedes Dealership, most staff not having a clue what I was asking, I finally got to speak to the workshop tech. He was knowledgable, and told me it was a 15 min job max. He was a little concerned it was the kit for a W204, however I did inform him everything was working upto the steering wheel telephone buttons. Anyway the coding was done and everything is working great, cost was £33. I now have the steering wheel telephone buttons controlling the Ipod. Have noticed the telephone menu is now active. Got to say I am very impressed with this kit, its well worth fitting, sound quality is superb with higher bitrate mp3's
So thanks again to Alfie and Richard for their invaluable advice.
One other question though, Do the Comand telephone buttons have any function with the Ipod ?
 
Who's your dealer. Actually only charging the 15 mins it takes is quite rare from my experience.

The COMAND is just in it's AUX input mode, the phone controls dont help you.
The phone menu is now on the cluster, because thats whats needed to enable the 2 phone buttons on the steering wheel

Cheers

Richard
 
I used Mercedes Sunderland. I asked for a price from Mercedes Teesside, but need to wait another 2 weeks, as the only man who could have accomplished this task is currently away. This didn't inspire much confidence in me and bearing in mind they scratched the car last time they had it, I was happy to travel the extra 30 miles.

thansk
Midland45
 

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