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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#39 of 49 Re: Satellite Radio Retrofit?? [alf9574]
May 14, 2005 (8:24 pm)
I think I can help. 2004 Models and newer were pre-wired for Sirius satellite radio. I have both a 2004 C240 4Matic and just bought a 2005 C240 4Matic.The 2004 has the satellite radio. It was added at the dealer. The 2005 radio is on national back order and well be installed by the dealer when it arrives. Cost is about $800 installed and includes a 1 year subscription. The unit is added behind the radio in the dash and an antenna is added to either the rear deck lid or just in front of the Tele-Aid antenna. As far as I know you cannot add the Mercedes satellite unit to pre 2004 units since the fiber optic connection and software was not available. Look in your owners manual I think it will caution you about adding to the existing system. This is because all devices like the CD changer is fiber optic connected.
So if you have a 2003 you must try the aftermarket. Try a really good sound shop or Crutchfield on line, not Circuit City or Best Buy.
Hope this helps.
#40 of 49 Re: Satellite Radio Retrofit?? [bob_graham]
Jun 04, 2005 (3:31 pm)
An update on satellite radio
Mercedes has a new rear deck ant that is much smaller than the "hump" version that goes on the trunk deck lid. You can order thru the dealer and they come pre-painted to match the car.
#41 of 49 2005 / 2005 C240 4 Matic questions
Jun 04, 2005 (3:44 pm)
I have a 2004 and a 2005 C240 4Matic
Has anyone tried using the AUX option. On the 2005 C I have the upgraded harmon/kardon audio system. There is an AUX cable metioned in the book and I'm wondering if this is what you use to interface an IPOD.
Also, on the 2005 C is the harmon/kardon logo only on the left rear speaker? Does the BASS response seem a little weak? Seems like our 2004 with the standard stereo has much better BASS response. Is the "surround" option only found on the upgraded stereo in the 05? The 05 has terrible radio reception. The dealer is replacing the AMP and installing the satellite radio on Monday. Maybe this is why the BASS is so weak.
Has anyone replaced the front light assemblies on a 2004. I really like the look of the clear lens on the 05.
Thanks in advance.
#42 of 49 Re: 2005 / 2005 C240 4 Matic questions [bob_graham]
Jun 20, 2005 (6:50 pm)
I can't provide you with any answers to your questions, but I was wondering if maybe you have some answers for me. I recently got a C240 4 Matic (this is my fourth C class car) and I have to say the standard stereo system is poor sub-standard compared to previous models.
Can you receommend anything for upgrading? Where do you go? To a MB dealership or outside stereo provider?
Thank you, best of luck.
#43 of 49 Re: XM Satellite Radio installation Mercedes
Jun 20, 2005 (6:58 pm)
Hi there I saw this posted message about someone saying theyinstalled XM satellite in what I assume is a Mercedes....can you help me with some advice?
I recently leased a new 2005 C240 4 Matic, which came with Sirius satellite radio. I really want to switch to XM, but is this possible and is it more trouble than its worth?
I have to say Mercedes has certainly cut corners on the quality of their standard stereo systems. I'm not happy with the quality of the one the car came with. When I switch from AM to FM or from radio to CD and back to radio the volume is inconsistant and blarring. CHEAP!
#44 of 49 Re: 2005 / 2005 C240 4 Matic questions [bob_graham]
Jun 24, 2005 (8:11 am)
I had upgrade the front lights for clear lens, I got it in ebay for $650, and my car looks great I don't understand how come mercedes kept this ugly fashion lights until 2004. My advice get it and upgrade your car.
#45 of 49 Re: 2005 / 2005 C240 4 Matic questions [hyemoog]
Oct 22, 2005 (6:20 pm)
I'm sorry about the late reply. Yes the 2005 audio as not as good as the 2004 and earlier systems. The base earlier ones were Alpine systems like I have in my 2004. The 04 sounds as good if not better then our new 05 that has the upgraded Harmon Kardon.
The dealer will be real expensive. I would go to an high end audio shop and see about adding an amp setup and some new Alpine Speakers. Try the speakers first. Also, you could call Cruthfield. Maybe they can help.
#46 of 49 04 C240 4-Matic Tires and Rims
Oct 22, 2005 (6:30 pm)
I have a 04 C240 4matic. Currently with 205/55-16 and stock rims. The dealer had the car for a week. Got it back went to have the tires replaced and found out that someone bent a rim which causes a shimmy at 60MPH. So I will replace the rims or upgrade both the tires and rims.
I have found an OE Performance rim that looks like the E class rim. It comes in 16" and 17". Has anyone had any experience with this rim product? It is the OE performance 300M E class.
I will either have the 16" with Michelin Pilot Exalto AS 225/50R - 16
17" with Michelin Pilot Exalto AS 225/45R - 17
Anyone got any other ideas? I do not want the car to look too extreme. I would like to stay with the 16" size.
Thanks in advance......
#47 of 49 Thule Roof Rack for C-class on eBay
Nov 01, 2005 (9:50 am)
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C220 Thule Roof rack, Item number: 7193512636
#48 of 49 Re: Satellite Radio Retrofit?? [bob_graham]
Jan 23, 2007 (9:14 am)
I am trying to retro fit sat radio to an '04 c-class with the standard radio/sound system. i understand that i will need to replace the standard unit with the Comand Nav unit but that seems a little expensive from the dealer. also, there appear to be many different Comand Nav units available so which to buy is a question. Do you have any ideas? Thanks for the help. BL.