newbie question retrofitting a COMMAND to a C180SE

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  1. kgratt0n

    kgratt0n New Member

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    Afternoon All

    Sorry for asking a question that has probably been posted like a million times before. But in my defense I only bought the Merc yesterday!

    Basically it's a C180SE 2002/52 (W203) which is for the misses.

    It didn't have the COMMAND fitted however, just the standard single CD head unit. From reading around it seems to be a relatively easy "mod". Is this true?

    I've visited command.co.uk and their associated online shop but well is a bit overwhelming for a novice like me:eek:

    Not wanting to do a hatchet job with a screwdriver and not being the most electrically minded is this something an "idiot" could do? Being a bit cheeky if someone has an idiot type guide would be great.

    Happy to get someone else to do it, but need to understand exactly what is required before taking the plunge!

    Ta All
     
  2. HughJarse

    HughJarse Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    30 minutes to an experienced person. maybe a couple of hours if youve never done it and youre taking your time.


    You'll probably need a wiring loom, and of course a comand unit.
    Wiring loom can be made, or easier if you bu a one from www.comand.co.uk

    Youll find the diy on http://www.mercupgrades.com/

    In fact I would reccomend youspend an hour reading http://www.mercupgrades.com/ you'll find all you need to know here, Richards site is rather a fine one.




    In that car its an easy job.
     
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    kgratt0n New Member

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    Thanks for the information!

    Have done a bit of reading and also contacted Command Ltd.

    Quoting me around £800 for the GPS antennae, loom adapter kit and fitting instructions. Then around £100 for the teleatlas 2008/2009 DX CD.

    Unless I am being an idiot or just not looking in the right place finding it difficult to actually understand what features the command unit includes.

    Assuming it is a single CD unit? Or does it have a multi-change facility or is this extra? Does it include a jack connection for allowing an IPod to be connected?

    Ahem , spot the newbie initate :confused:

    Just trying to understand exactly what you get and what can potentially be added ...
     
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    multi change CD needs a CD changer (extra) Ipod connectivity needs an Ipod connector (extra)...

    Why not get Alfie to give you an all in fitted price....If he is fitting one the others will take less time.

    IMHO unless you know what you're doing its worth paying Alfie to do it for you.
     
  5. Stan the Man

    Stan the Man Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You may be interested in my post today in the Classified for sale section.
     
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    kgratt0n New Member

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    Hi there Stan, sorry but can't seem able to reply to private threads, maybe because I am a new member not sure :( Also not able to send any private messages to you ...

    Anyhow did see your post in the classified sale section.

    Have to say very, very interested. Am I right in saying that by "everything included" you mean all that is needed to get it working in the C180SE 2002? Are the installation instructions detailed enough for a novice to complete the work?

    Final question ... not sure but are any "special" tools needed in terms of removing the existing facia, etc, just so I know if I need to buy anything else in preperation.

    Sorry but no other means of chatting with you Stan apart from via this thread. As say very, very interested :D
     
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    Nibbo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Regarding special tools, the best place to mount the GPS antenna is above the instrument cluster.
    Special hooks are required to remove the cluster. MB part no. W 140 589 02 33 00

    I have done this to my W203 and it is not too difficult.

    Where are you based?
    Perhaps there is a forum member local to you that has done this that could help.
     
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    kgratt0n New Member

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    Based in Norwich.

    I did look at getting Command Ltd to do it but Mark has said they only travel within a 20 mile radius of Woking.

    Of course if any other forum member knows somebody who could do this for me or a "local" expert woud be a very happy man:D
     
  9. Alfie

    Alfie Authorised Forum Sponsor Authorised Forum Sponsor

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    If you drive down, it can be done in about 1 hour and you could navigate home.

    Alternatively, Jay in Nuneaton can do it for you. He has STAR and access to us for technical support if he needed it.
     
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    kgratt0n New Member

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    Thanks for that Alfie!

    Didn't realise it could be done that quickly :)
     
  11. Stan the Man

    Stan the Man Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You can contact me via email : scollins@fairadsl.co.uk
    Perhaps Moderator will please remove this address after a reasonable time.
     
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    Stan the Man Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    If you are still interested, I can send you a copy of the Installation Instructions so you can decide for yourself which option to go for - self install or third party.
    No special tools required - a Torx T20 Screwdriver and a small flat blade Screwdriver. Everything else is included in the kit.
     

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