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Date registered: May 2012
Vehicle: 2000 E320
Location: South Africa
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W210 FM transmitter solution
Hi there. I'm new to the forum, but have been following up on a lot of topics in the past. This forum has helped me tremendously so far with my E320, and I want to give back in some way.
So this is my solution to the fact that a lot of people driving w210's aren't happy with the stock sound system, complaining about lack of mp3 play-ability, no Aux input and so on.
The Fm transmitter that plugs into the cig lighter is generally not liked, however, I did some experimenting and found the following to work very well.
A Griffin iTrip universal Fm transmitter. It has an selectable Mono and Stereo function. Which when put on Mono reduces the 'fm hissing' noise in the background to barely heard. I stuck it on the dash with double sided sticky tape and snaked the wired a little so that the unit won't move as this influences the reception quality. see attached pics.
At first it didn't look like it would work but after doing the above setup the quality improved a lot. To the point where the difference between cd's played from the cd shuttle and mp3's played through this unit is really not noticeable.
The unit cost R700. est. $100 but probably be found for half the amount as things in S.A are always more expensive. I.m.o though it sure is beter than having to put in a head unit, with the associated costs. And this unit has an usb charger for my phone and mp3 player. The mp3 player I'm using is a small sony btw, nothing fancy.
Oh and tips - put the volume of the mp3 player to max and control the main audio from the head unit. In my case a Audio 30.
- The wiring doesn't look fancy but I'm sure people can be creative and find a way to make it look better.
- And lastly the cig lighter being in a closed place is a problem, but when leaving the car just unplug it to hide your money again. 'An S.A problem'