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I believe the Russian site reports the 819 code in an outdated way, isn't the CD changer on a 209 the same as on a 211, below the head unit?

I thought the data card should either have the basic radio option code or Comand but now that I had a loo at the data card of the 211 that I had, it does not mention any head unit and this car came with the basic Audio 20 CD unit. I assume the same for this car and the Comand would be a retrofit unit then. Are you sure there is no CD changer behind the door below the head unit?
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LOL.. no additional hidden CD changer...

Here's a pic of my 6 CD changer fitted into the glovebox. RHD car version of course, for the UK. No sign of dealer retro-fitting the COMAND system.

This is where the factory-fitted CD units were located from 2004, I guess. No iPod interface socket either. That started in 2005 for the CLK.
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LOL.. no additional hidden CD changer...

Here's a pic of my 6 CD changer fitted into the glovebox. RHD car version of course, for the UK. No sign of dealer retro-fitting the COMAND system.

This is where the factory-fitted CD units were located from 2004, I guess. No iPod interface socket either. That started in 2005 for the CLK.
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Here you are....
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Sure looks like a factory install to me. Sorry but I have no answer to your original question.

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Sure looks like a factory install to me. Sorry but I have no answer to your original question.
You mean it is an OEM head unit. If properly installed, it would be impossible to see if it came with the car from the factory or if it had been retrofitted..

Since this a European car, I should have looked at EPC for the head unit. EPC does indicate an Audio 10 CC head unit for this vehicle and this head unit comes with codes "-352 -353" (no + code in the options list) which is "if the car does not have Comand or Audio 30 APS".

By the way, I cannot see anything wrong with a retrofitted head unit, I was just bothered about the data card when I did not remember a similar case (even if one of my previous cars appeared to have a similar data card).
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Thanks for the clarification DB, and you are correct as usual. I guess I said what I did because the fitment looks so good. I have a COMAND on my E320 also but I am out of town and cannot read the options list that I have at home. I know it was an option for my car, but right now I don't know if it was a factory or dealer installed unit.

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