Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 2001 SL500
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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I have helped us drift off the the original topic that I started, which is to ask: Does the wire from the factory microphone go down to the center console area where I could splice into it?
I haven't found an answer to that yet, but if it does, it would save the work of routing the mic that comes with the new stereo. But then it begs another question: Would the factory mic be an OK match for the aftermarket head unit?
I installed a bluetooth unit one of my other cars yesterday, so that I could see how it works before tackling the Benz.
My wife's Shitsubishi has a stock CD/radio, and the FM iPod transmitter I got her sucks, so I decided to pull the Sony with iPod control out of my Ford truck to use in her car, which gave me the excuse to upgrade the truck stereo again. Funny how that works out ;-)
I put a JVC KD-R800 in the truck. Its simpler and way lower on the price scale than their KD-AVX77, but it has bluetooth and USB out the back with iPod control.
The KD-R800 has all the controls to make/receive phone calls and control the iPod. It is easy to use, but it is limited by the 3 of 4 lines of text that it can display on its small mono screen, unlike the KD-AVX77 with its big screen and touch controls. Its is a little strange in that it requires a little USB-bluetooth dongle (included) that now occupies the front USB port.
Anyway, it is in now and there are no visible wires anywhere. The tiny mic runs from the overhead console with wire hidden under the headliner/a-pillar trim/dash, and the iPod is in the glovebox where it stays most of the time. I don't touch it directly unless its going into the house to change tunes or plug into the home stereo.
I haven't tried the phone enough yet to know how well it works.