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FS Mercedes Radio and CD Changer

I have a 2003 E320 Wagon (W210 - pre facelift of the wagon) and I removed the radio (with casette and CD changer controls) as well as the CD Changer. Everything worked before removal, but I wanted to add a radio with Ipod Controls.

The radio is Becker Model BE 6003 Mercedes Part Number A208 820 1486

The CD Changer is Part Number A002 820 7989.

Both are listed on Ebay if you are interested in them.

Mercedes Factory CD Changer from 2002 E320 Wagon: eBay Motors (item 180508648874 end time May-23-10 17:02:48 PDT)

Mercedes Becker Factory Radio from 2002 E320 Wagon: eBay Motors (item 180508657881 end time May-23-10 17:42:13 PDT)
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check your ebay listing on the radio it says "i am selling the separately separately."

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I fixed it. Too much copy and paste.
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CD Changer VS new Radio

Hey, I just bought an '02 E320 wagon, It is missing the CD changer, was looking at yours for a possible purchase. But would also like CD, XM, and Ipod input, so i may just replace the unit like you did...?

A few questions:
Why did you decied to replace the factory radio? what did you put in, did it fit well, and is it as good as the factory?

I read posts where people say to not touch the factory unit, or you comprimise the whole system. What did you find?

Did you replace, or have a shope do it for you?

Thanks for your time!
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To me the CD changer was not much of a benefit. The days when 6 CDs were a lot of music are long gone, and I wanted a good radio with Ipod controls that will allow me to carry much more music, as well as audiobooks.

I went with an Alpine unit from Crutchfield. I didn't get the optional Bluetooth, but can add that later if I want. I am sure Crutchfield is not the cheapest place, but they have amazing technical support and answered all of my questions. I really had no idea what I was doing and was able to get it all working well.

I am not sure why people say to stick with the original unit. It may just be the look of the dash. I think the Alpine looks fine, but it is not as blended into the whole dash as the original if that matters to you. Also, I never used the steering wheel controls, so I didn't worry about losing them.

If you go to the Crutchfield site they list a Bose and Non-Bose system. I had the Non-Bose without Navigation. It was very easy to remove the radio with the tools they provide. It took a little time to connect the wires from the factory harness to the new harness, and then it was not quite as easy as snapping the two together. I had to run one of the wires to the cigarette lighter which required removing the center console, but a video on you tube showed how to do this and it was very easy. I just stuck the Ipod connector through the opening in the ash tray compartment (i don't smoke) so that is a great place to store the Ipod out of site. All the controls for the Ipod are on the radio which is nice.

I think the Alpine radio sounds much better than the old one, though I am not an expert.
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