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Old 01-01-2007, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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SLK Parrot Kits Bluetooth Installation w/steering wheel controls

Many have inquired about an aftermarket Bluetooth kit for the Mercedes SLK (R171). Parrot Kits, manufacturers of aftermarket Bluetooth kits for most vehicles has released a kit for the SLK. It also works with the 2002-2007 C-Class, 2004 - 2007 CLK, 2002-2007 E-Class, 2005-2007 New Style ML, 2002-2007 SL, and 2002-2007 SLK. I installed it this weekend. I'm still learning the system. It's a completely "stealth" install. Check it out.




Interested? Check here: http://dz1.homestead.com/ParrotBluetooth.html
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Great info and a true alternative to the factory solution.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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awesome info.

If I may ask - about how long did it take you to install it, -1- ?

(I ask, as I'm ordering the parts in another browser...)

Also, are you able to dial with the "numbers" on the command unit?
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Install isn't that bad once you figure out the harness. The CP147 harness has five separate pieces and all I had to go on was the schematic. Hopefully my pictures will help. I spent several hours on it last Wednesday and had it functioning minus the steering wheel controller. All I had to do Sunday was to tap the three wires on the left side of the amp. Systems kept saying "connection error" and wouldn't function. I spend hours checking the harnesses. I did find one bad male pin on the large harness and had to fix that. I figured that was the problem. Still wouldn't work. What I actually found was a power pin on the small four pin connector on the blue Parrot control box had backed out and wasn't making contact. I push it back in and it started working fine. As I stated, the overall harness is awkward and hard to position once installed. There is room under the metal panel, but I wanted a clean install and there's no way. I just positioned the harness and the two control boxes the best I could and put the cover back on. That's why there's no picture once the harness was installed. I could do the total install in less than two hours. I'm having problems with the volume up and down buttons on the steering wheel. The other two buttons work fine. The SW100C steering wheel controller has four dip switches for different applications. For the SLK the four switches are down. I spoke to Howard at Parrot Kits and he's checking. It's just a matter of getting the switches set correctly. Your question about using the command to dial, the answer is NO. Everything is "voice" command. CalifSLK stated that possibly StarDiagnostic might enable some of the factory phone functions. Good luck.
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Likely the "Dial" button on the wheel will dial the last number called? Did any of the quick dial numbers work?

The 12V constant power in the foot well is a fat 10-12 gauge wire going to the AGW. Did you use a 10-12 gauge insulation displacement tap to get power to the Parrot unit? If so, did that worked well with the thin 12V wire on the Parrot unit?

After the dealer disconnected the 12V tap from the OCP/OHC, I tapped 12V from this fat 12V wire on the AWG. I used a 14 gauge wire going to the fuse assembly then a thin 18 gauge wire to my BT HF unit.

Having the BT box in the foot well, sometime I wonder if the metal step plate would reduce the BT range. But it kept a link to my phone in the kitchen next to the garage.

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Likely the "Dial" button on the wheel will dial the last number called? Did any of the quick dial numbers work?
Daniel, you're right the top left telephone button on the steering wheel, will redial the last number dialed, by pushing and holding the button for two seconds.
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The 12V constant power in the foot well is a fat 10-12 gauge wire going to the AGW. Did you use a 10-12 gauge insulation displacement tap to get power to the Parrot unit? If so, did that worked well with the thin 12V wire on the Parrot unit?
No need looking and tapping a power line. The harness provides "switched" and "constant" power for the Bluetooth kit. Only three taps are required and those are the CANBUS high, CANBUS low, and the yellow mute wire from the top left connector on the HK amp.
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After the dealer disconnected the 12V tap from the OCP/OHC, I tapped 12V from this fat 12V wire on the AWG. I used a 14 gauge wire going to the fuse assembly then a thin 18 gauge wire to my BT HF unit.
Not an issue.
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Having the BT box in the foot well, sometime I wonder if the metal step plate would reduce the BT range. But it kept a link to my phone in the kitchen next to the garage.
I agree, no problems. I contacted Howard at Parrot Kits regarding the non-functioning volume up and down buttons. He's already replied back with a solution. I won't have an opportunity to work on the system until Saturday afternoon. Their Tech Support is the best I EVER encountered.
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Are you able to see who is calling when receiving a call on the display in front of the steering wheel and/or select a callers name on the display to dial out?

I have the navigation system stereo on a 2006 slk
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Are you able to see who is calling when receiving a call on the display in front of the steering wheel and/or select a callers name on the display to dial out?

I have the navigation system stereo on a 2006 slk
NO. All information is verbal. It surely would be nice. Just to have an aftermarket Bluetooth system that will function through the SLK radio and utilize the steering controls is a BIG step.
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I missed the beginning and/or original thread. What are the benefits of this kit? What do the steering wheel buttons allow you to do w/this kit.

Why not just get the new 3200 as a stand alone kit, it has a color screen which allows for pics and you can see/hear who is calling and who you are dialing.

I guess I'm asking what the advantages of the steering wheel kit in combo w/the 3000 versus the 3200 as a stand alone.

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The benefit of the Evolution 3000 with the steering wheel control kit is a stealth installation. The Evolution 3200 provides a nice display and it's easy to use, but it's "add on". Where in the vehicle do you place the display? The same is true with the newer aftermarket GPS units, they're better than factory, but the unit has to be mounted.
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