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post #251 of 280 (permalink) Old 03-30-2018, 08:20 AM
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I agree with all of Ears answers. I have uses an iPod in the aux port 1/8" to 1/8" cable works well, and navigate thru the iPod. Another new bonus for me anyway, is that my new subscription for Sirius satellite radio added streaming of all channels for $5.00 per month. I have it in my modern cars, and now can have it in my older cars. I never spent money better than this radio upgrade.
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I agree with all of Ears answers. I have uses an iPod in the aux port 1/8" to 1/8" cable works well, and navigate thru the iPod. Another new bonus for me anyway, is that my new subscription for Sirius satellite radio added streaming of all channels for $5.00 per month. I have it in my modern cars, and now can have it in my older cars. I never spent money better than this radio upgrade.

Im trying to upgrade my factory radio in my wifes 1993 500sl to an alpine can anyone tell me which wiring harness I need to buy and where I can buy it. Thank you sorry to go off topic.


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This was very helpful. Thank you!
Did you finally make it work ?
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post #254 of 280 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 11:03 AM
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I did not make it work. I brought it to two different stereo installation places and it would have been 800-900 to put in.

I found an AMAZING option though. There is a place called Creative Car Audio Shop in Southern CA https://creativecaraudioshop.com/

And they were able to install a bluetooth unit into my receiver. Since it's quite far back, I need to keep my phone closer to the trunk. It's a small shop and very cool fella running it, I forgot his name unfortunately. I can find if anyone wants. He wasn't completely happy that the bluetooth didn't reach all the way to the front, so he's offered to tinker. I love people like that... I would have actually been happy with the solution even though it wasn't perfect, but he really cares to get it right.

This cost me $200 bucks and I get to keep my original stereo.

Now I just need to return my Continental.

Thanks for all the help! I can give anyone more info on the above mentioned car shop if they want.

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I really want to put my stock head unit back in because it has a cassette deck - and I finally found a tape to tape cassette recorder. GROM has a unit that works for my son's Volvo that enables bluetooth, USB and aux running off the CD changer output - but nothing for the R129. But I don't want to give up bluetooth calls for cassette.
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I did not make it work. I brought it to two different stereo installation places and it would have been 800-900 to put in.

I found an AMAZING option though. There is a place called Creative Car Audio Shop in Southern CA https://creativecaraudioshop.com/

And they were able to install a bluetooth unit into my receiver. Since it's quite far back, I need to keep my phone closer to the trunk. It's a small shop and very cool fella running it, I forgot his name unfortunately. I can find if anyone wants. He wasn't completely happy that the bluetooth didn't reach all the way to the front, so he's offered to tinker. I love people like that... I would have actually been happy with the solution even though it wasn't perfect, but he really cares to get it right.

This cost me $200 bucks and I get to keep my original stereo.

Now I just need to return my Continental.

Thanks for all the help! I can give anyone more info on the above mentioned car shop if they want.

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Did you return the Conti yet? I could be interested in buying from you.

Thanks!
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post #257 of 280 (permalink) Old 06-15-2018, 07:57 AM
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Re Message 245, the user manual link is bad. Use the link on Message 243 instead, or the identical link below:

http://sbranch.org/pdf/Conti%20TR741...ers-Manual.pdf
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Re post 255, ceta4zng, if you have fewer than a few dozen cassettes that you want to salvage, I suggest that you might consider transferring them to mp3. Then you can use the Conti and access all of them through a low-profile USB stick. I now have approx 500 tracks (i.e. 50 CDS or cassettes) on my Conti, in addition to a separate selectable input for my XM radio, and bluetooth. Your car is even newer than my 97 SL500, so it should be a slam-dunk to install the Conti. The installation on my 97 SL500 was very straightforward. Be sure to swap the A4 and A7 wires so the radio turns on with the ignition (Use two simple crimp connectors). The sensitivity of my new radio is far superior to that of the OEM Alpine that I replaced. My CD player was already broken when I bought the car, and I had no need for a cassette player. So for me it was a no-brainer to go for the Conti. If you need more than 500 tracks, you will need to exchange multiple thumb drives. Even though you can put more than 500 tracks on one USB drive, the Conti can only manage about 500 from one USB drive.
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post #259 of 280 (permalink) Old 06-21-2018, 10:26 AM
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Sorry to hijack this thread but I am thinking of installing one of these in an '02 CLK55 and wonder if the volume buttons still work on the steering wheel.
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Sorry to hijack this thread but I am thinking of installing one of these in an '02 CLK55 and wonder if the volume buttons still work on the steering wheel.
R129's do not have control buttons on the steering wheel.

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