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First time Mercedes Owner with questions


My name is Terry Brown. I am now the proud owner of my first Mercedes. I have owned Lexus and BMW autos in the past, but decided to buy a Mercedes. I purchased a 2006 E320 CDI. I picked it up in Seattle today and drove it back to Corvallis Oregon where I live. I had settled on either a 2005 or 2006 CDI model to get the straight rather than the V6 diesel. These must be cars that are in high demand because there were only about 9 listed on AutoTrader nationally for the 2006 year.

Anyway, I have a few questions and I suspect I should perhaps ask these in the general forum, but thought those of you who own or have owned this particular model might be able to give me some guidance.

The car has what appears to be an antenna on the back of the roof just above the window. I don't know if it is for Cell phone or Satellite reception. The optional phone interface was not installed in the vehicle and neither was the satellite radio option in the audio system.

I love satellite radio and I can always plug in a portable device to the Aux input but would need to mount an external antenna someplace which is not very elegant. I would prefer to be able to purchase the add on part for the audio system that would work with the "Sat" button. Is that possible?

Also, how involved would it be to get the phone buttons on the steering wheel or the "Tel" button to function with a cell phone?

Lastly, I would guess that the Nav CD has never been updated. I noticed that even though my street in Corvallis has existed since 1968, that street is not shown on the Navigation software. Only a few of the major streets are shown. How likely is it that an update to the current software would include all the residential streets in Corvallis?

As an alternative, I have a very capable Garmin nuvi which has bluetooth capability that I could attach to the front of the display and use it for both navigating and my cell phone, but, I would like to find out first if it is feasible to get the phone system in the car to work without breaking the bank, as well as the satellite radio system installed.

Thanks so much for any advice you could give this Mercedes Newbie.

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