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DIY 1996-1998 W210 Becker Radio Auxillary IPOD hack with Pics and video

The following are steps it took to install Ipod aux input on factory Becker Mercedes head unit (used 1996 - 1998 model year) for free. I believe this is called a tape deck hack since a blank tape has to be put in for the input to work. This method will give you crystal clear digital sound WITHOUT FM modulator interference and you get to keep stock look that no one wants to steal. This hack it very easy and can be done in 10 minutes all you need is and auxillary cord with male end and a soldering iron to solder 3 wires Red (right) White (left) and black or exposed (ground)

**Please proceed at your own risk and make sure you have an extra head unit handy if you don't know what you are doing. If you are familar with mercedes radios, this can be done in less than 10 mins from start to finish.

This head unit is actually in 1998 w210 wagon.

1) pry off top of unit.

2) Three very easy solders - Solder points are clearly marked L & R for Left and Right channels on the top of the tape deck circut board(can be see immediately after prying lid). Solider auxillary line wires to these points and put the ground wire under screw or solder it to ground bare metal in radio. If your aux cable has exposed ground wire, make sure its cover up so it doesn't bump against circuit board.

3) Snap top back onto radio. Your done!

4) Blank cassette tape with all its guts removed must be used and inserted to activate tape player. Problems could occur if you do not use a gutted out tape.
6) Play empty tape and enjoy crystal clear high quality digital music. I have done this to two of my mercedes that still have factory radios and now I almost never listen to my FM radio.

And YES the tape player still works if you happen to care. Good luck.

If you have a 1999 - 2002 benz radio see my other post:
https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...00-2002-a.html

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where do i find the CD PACK WHERE I CAN LOAD CD,s please J.B.
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nice ............ thanks for the info
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Hi John.
The CD changer should be in the trunk on the left side if your car equipped, if not the prewire should be down the goove in case you found some CD changer to add on. But I think it's easier and cheaper to add the aux input like OP.
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Very happy to know about this. Using the tape adapter really ruins the quality of the sound.
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Nice! My girlfriend thanks you.

I found a male-to-male audio connector and snipped off one end to strip and solder the wires. She has the eyeglass compartment beneath the audio, so I drilled a hole in the back and pulled the plug on the opposite end through.
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Hi, this works on several Blaupunkt models too. today i did this to Dealer-mounted W124 Blaupunkt Verona RCR 45.
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Do you put such a radio in my Mercedes w208 will work phone, the phone is factory-built
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Do you like this if I put the radio in my Mercedes w208 2001 will operate the phone. The phone is factory-built
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Hi jc-place, just wanted to thank you for posting this. I tried it on my 95 W202 with Becker head unit and it worked great. I have been searching for weeks for a solution and it was so easy, I could hardly believe it. Greatly appreciated! Cheers from Ontario, CANADA.
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