Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: 2006 MB S430, 2013 MB S350 Bluetec, 2012 E350 4 Matic, 2002 Jaguar XJ8 VDP
Location: Boston, MA
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We've had 4 LS400/430's. I'll agree with you that the Comand system is really clunky compared to the LS interface. The Bluetooth on my Benz really annoys me compared to the LS430 we had. The Lexus stuff is mainly Denso stuff. I'm not sure if MB uses Siemens or Alpine for their Comand systems.
I still think the BMW style iDrive Mercedes is adopting is a bad idea. I sat in a new S550 in the showroom and it got on my nerves. It's a car, not an Airbus!!
We had the ML on our LS430. It was good, but I honestly can't tell the difference between that and the Bose in my dad's S430. I find the Harman Kardon in my E350 to be really good, as good as the ML in the GS I test drove.