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Date registered: Apr 2008
Vehicle: 2005 C230 SS
Location: Portland, OR
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I have the OEM kit with the v600 & cradle, it cost me:
1) core (643.50) + completer kit (167.50) = $811 + labor to install (332.50) = $1,143.50 just for the phone system.
2) the v600 phone (562.80) + cradle (214.50) = $1,920.80 grand total. Parts may be more expensive now, I bought it in March 2005.
3) I bought the bt module ($420 a year ago), but sold it on ebay. I got a Razr and hated it so I went back to using my v600 with the OEM cradle/phone. I will buy a new bt module if it's compatible with the next generation iPhone. I know the latest BT module works well with the current iPhone and does phonebook download. I think if you have an iPhone with the iPod integration kit & BT module, this is a nice setup since it will charge the phone in the glovebox and you can use it for music as well.
Keep in mind the OEM bluetooth module retails for an additional $493 at wireless4mb.com, so if you are getting the core kit, completer kit, AND BT module for $1K, I am pretty impressed.
I've blown enough money on this car's phone system, so until my v600 dies or the new iPhone is proven compatible, I'm sticking with the cradle. I got much better reception and call clarity with the docked phone setup, but obviously it's not conducive to upgrading or using multiple phones.
Hope that helps.