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2000 C230 Cd Changer

Hi, I just purchased a 2000 C230 which did not come with a CD changer. I phoned MB and got the quote of $1100 for parts and labor. My questions are: Is it safe to buy a used one from one of those used parts shops? Can I install a Sony or JVC changer instead?

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I bought a used 2001 E320 without a CD changer, and I've been looking around for something.

The first dealer's parts manager I asked said that he didn't know if he could get one, and advised that I buy a Sony that comes with it's own remote control. I looked at one at Circuit City (about $500) and it's probably a good unit. Call me an oddball but I would prefer something to work within the framework of the CD player I already have installed!

The second dealer's parts manager told me that "I'd love to sell you one, but they are hard to get, and Alpine makes them for M-B anyway. Go to the car audio place down the street and buy one from them" - supposedly $350 installed.

I went to the "car audio place down the street" and thay wanted about $750 for an Alpine installed - without the M-B faceplate or case. I should add that my car has a fiberoptic system, and about $400 of the $750 was for a small MB-engineered box that enables the Alpine mechanical changer to work with the car - ouch.

I wish I could be of more help, but all of this still has me baffled. I think the best solution is to buy a rebuilt OEM CD-changer from an MB dealer, if possible, bite the $$ bullet, and be done with it.

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