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2003 SL55 ,500 maybe 600 Full stereo Upgrade anyone ?

Hi all my last thread haven’t got much attention,so wondering if any of u guys had much luck when upgrading full stereo system with new amps, new head unit , new speakers and still maintaining Steering wheel buttons ? This only applies to early 2003 R230 and early 2004 with D2B system ! This is what’s holds me up with my project I can’t get much info about this on which interface would work with new system to maintain some off steering buttons and I just got back from custom audio place and they told me to forget about it and leave with it because there is nothing available for early SL’s 😞 I do t like to give up that easy and so what u guys think what can be done ?
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Go android

I installed my android 10.1" head unit over a month ago, my car has MOST, so I had to get a MOST decoder in order to use existing amp.


It pretty self explanatory when you have basic electronic knowledge and with manual and what other have posted.

Get the AAC from lighter, get illumination current from lighter light, I couldn't find antenna signal so I saved myself the headache and used an external antenna mounted on front windshield, lot of connections will not be used, just the power supply, stereo audio, mic, antenna, illumination, camera signal, USB and such. I decided not to get TPMS because operating temperature is not same range like what we have in Edmonton during winter.

I am pretty happy with it, what I like the most is google maps with real time traffic (when I use phone as hotspot), the ability to listen to online radio, and unlimited apps.
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Your upgrade looks sick 🙂 I have no problem with hooking it up that’s all easy ! I know where all power , dim , ground is lol I found Can high and Can low ! I was just wondering if anyone had successfull full upgrade and still had steering wheel buttons worked ,well I bought SWI-CAN2 and will start this project tomorrow and if it works will post some update since seems like no one done it before and even if it was then was on 05 and up with MOST system ! Well good luck to me I hope it will work like it should !
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Your upgrade looks sick 🙂 I have no problem with hooking it up thatís all easy ! I know where all power , dim , ground is lol I found Can high and Can low ! I was just wondering if anyone had successfull full upgrade and still had steering wheel buttons worked ,well I bought SWI-CAN2 and will start this project tomorrow and if it works will post some update since seems like no one done it before and even if it was then was on 05 and up with MOST system ! Well good luck to me I hope it will work like it should !
The price of can decoder was too high for it to be justifiable in my opinion, steering wheel controls won't work without it if I am not wrong.
There was a youtube video about how someone was able to get that working on a different Mercedes model, let us know how it works, best of luck.
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Your upgrade looks sick 🙂 I have no problem with hooking it up that’s all easy ! I know where all power , dim , ground is lol I found Can high and Can low ! I was just wondering if anyone had successfull full upgrade and still had steering wheel buttons worked ,well I bought SWI-CAN2 and will start this project tomorrow and if it works will post some update since seems like no one done it before and even if it was then was on 05 and up with MOST system ! Well good luck to me I hope it will work like it should !
The price of can decoder was too high for it to be justifiable in my opinion, steering wheel controls won't work without it if I am not wrong.
There was a youtube video about how someone was able to get that working on a different Mercedes model, let us know how it works, best of luck.[/QUOTE
Quick update I GOT IT !!! It works like it should ! Anyone with 03 and mid 04 R230 U are in good hands 😂
How to maintain steering radio buttons very simple :
Get SWI-RC and SWI-CAN2 modules first then find your CAN high and CAN low which is right behind the Radio in one of the rectangular connectors both twisted brown/red with brown and not like 05 where u have to run new harness all the way to the back 😂 also people said it was not possible to have more than volume up and down thats a lie ! So far what I got from the steering is operable volume and answer and hang up calls ,also I will work on track up track down and that should cover also radio stations like next next next another one etc ! Well im happy with what I’ve done so far and I’m so happy to share this with you guys ! 🙂
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Hi all my last thread havenít got much attention,so wondering if any of u guys had much luck when upgrading full stereo system with new amps, new head unit , new speakers and still maintaining Steering wheel buttons ? This only applies to early 2003 R230 and early 2004 with D2B system ! This is whatís holds me up with my project I canít get much info about this on which interface would work with new system to maintain some off steering buttons and I just got back from custom audio place and they told me to forget about it and leave with it because there is nothing available for early SLís 😞 I do t like to give up that easy and so what u guys think what can be done ?
Hello
I replace my old comand (SL500 R230 from 2002)
I install a android system with the original look of the comand.
I send some pictures...if need more infirmation....

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Hi all my last thread haven’t got much attention,so wondering if any of u guys had much luck when upgrading full stereo system with new amps, new head unit , new speakers and still maintaining Steering wheel buttons ? This only applies to early 2003 R230 and early 2004 with D2B system ! This is what’s holds me up with my project I can’t get much info about this on which interface would work with new system to maintain some off steering buttons and I just got back from custom audio place and they told me to forget about it and leave with it because there is nothing available for early SL’s 😞 I do t like to give up that easy and so what u guys think what can be done ?
Hello
I replace my old comand (SL500 R230 from 2002)
I install a android system with the original look of the comand.
I send some pictures...if need more infirmation....

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Hey I just don’t like that old design look where u have all the buttons etc I have KENWOOD 891HD paid $1200 for it 3 years ago but never had chance do install it until now! I know it’s old unit already these days but still has a lot to offer !!! I’m doing whole 9 yards all wiring speakers etc
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Hey I just donít like that old design look where u have all the buttons etc I have KENWOOD 891HD paid $1200 for it 3 years ago but never had chance do install it until now! I know itís old unit already these days but still has a lot to offer !!! Iím doing whole 9 yards all wiring speakers etc
Hi, I prefer mine but I recognize that your installation is spectacular, a lot of work, good luck Adrian

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