Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 213.050 & 906.633
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The MB parts may be costly but with your education, I'm sure you know that one cannot compare prices that simply. I understand you were upset from a high price and exaggerated a bit.
The PC BT dongle has an extremely minor part of the BT functionality compared to a BT car kit (mainly the radio and part of the layer 1 signal processing, the rest is handled by the computer, BT protocol, audio etc. and the combination is more than $30). The market for BT dongles is different, if one was solely made for certain MB cars, one could not produce it at $30.
The phone kit in Germany costs 515 euros plus VAT, it includes the wiring, microphones, PSE on MOST ring, antenna, antenna compensator, give or take a few items and you get integrated implementation with control from the steering wheel and Comand.
You do have to pay more than 525 euros for after market parts (from the dealer) but then again, why wouldn't MB set a different price if (sufficiently many) people are still willing to pay that. If it is $300 for a Chrysler, it may cost more than 300 or less than 300 for Chrysler but the right price may well still be that for a Chrysler (doesn't mean that from the customer's point of view, we all would prefer it being lower, also the Chrysler part an the PC BT dongle).
I had a third party installation on my latest sold car, an MB retrofit installation in the one before, and now on the newest one I again have the MB kit (from the factory this time). I find it worth the money especially now that BT is supported.
I'd suggest you search a bit this forum and find the least expensive, least painful way forward to enjoy integrated MB (BT) phone support in your car, I doubt it would have to be $2000.