n5160u - 6/18/2005 2:44 PM
The car in the picture I posted was a USA model that was upgraded. I only posted the pictures of the OEM rear display to show what could be done. Using rear headrest displays make a lot more sense because they are much less costly than the single rear display the factory offers. What I would consider as the ideal setup would be the OEM DVD/MP3 head Unit for $1500 plus the OEM Remote so the back seaters can control the DVD playback, with aftermarket rear headrest displays.
Here's the price list in USD for parts from MBDoctor in Brooklyn NY:
W211 Head Unit with DVD MP3 playback... $1500
OEM MOST TV Tuner for W211... $1100
OEM Rear Monitor... $1199
OEM Rear Monitor Mounting Arm... $350
OEM MOST TV Tuner Power Harness... $250
TV Antenna... $300
TV Antenna Harness... $250
OEM Remote Control... $199
The total for parts comes to $5148 and is why I consider this type of upgrade in the mega bucks range.
Labor to install is extra. Most car buyers in the USA make payments on their cars. Setting up time payments for this type of retrofit isn't as easy an option unless they have a lot of room on their credit cards to cover over five grand just for the parts up front. This type of installation with OEM parts is really excessivly expensive. Retrofitting with aftermarket headrest monitors would cost less than half the price of just the OEM rear display alone provided you already have the DVD/MP3 capable head unit.
I should point out some items which may assist you.
- The head unit exchange from MBENZNL is somewhat more reasonable in conjunction with the rear screen purchase
- installing who-flung-antennas would be a lousy idea since the real Mercedes TV amplfier that goes on the rear glass is about that price
- the cost of cable harness from the above supplier is very expensive. Much more than I would have anticipated.
- The TV tuner is 2X what I would expect to pay. I dont see anyone paying $1100 when they sell for $500 on German eBay and just a little more than that with Steve (MBENZNL).
- Since when does the monitor come without an arm ? I think that is purely smoke and mirrors.
Im sorry to say that your impression is governed by what seems to be an elite form of pricing. Some of these lesser items are too expensive.
To put it in perspective
this would by my shopping list
- exchange headunit with rear screen ability
- rear screen with arms and remote control
- main video harness, fibre optic strand, antenna harness and rear screen harness
- tv tuner (and maybe trunk liner and bracket - not needed in AU).
- right hand side amplifier for rear window
As a single purchase I think you could do much better than stated through MBENZNL. I dont know what you may think is more useful in your case but I know that Steve has sold more Euro W211 headunits into the USA than anyone else.
At the top of the list is resale value and genuine parts. The only reason I used headrest screens was that it was for a C55 which does not have a rear screen.