That Alpine units looks just like the MB unit, doesn't it? The features and operations are the same, too. But, the Alpine unit from Circuit City or any other retailer will NOT work in your car. MB uses the D2B communications protocol for the fiber optic network. The MB changer has a little box added to the back to connect to the fiber network. You can't buy it separately. Your only options are the MB-Alpine unit from your dealer or http://www.autoclass.net/ or the Becker Silverstone 2662 changer. The Becker is cheaper, and will work with the stock head unit, retaining the use if the steering wheel buttons. It might be too large to fit in the glovebox.
Its frustrating that the factory unit costs so much more for essentialy the same thing. You could also get the MB unit installed at an auto sound shop. I ended up buying the dealer CD after the salesman knocked off ~$100 ($790+tax). Is it worth $500 just to have a unit that fits in the glove box and works with the factory head unit. I had to conclude that it wasn't but I wanted it anyway.
What is the damn little red light that flashes on the standard radio encased in a button that cannot be pushed? It is located in the bottom row of buttons, just to the left of the number pad. Please email directly. Thanks.
I bought the MB unit from Autoclass for $399. Same unit as the dealer offers for $800+. My dealer installed for $150 when my new car arrived. Unit works great. I was very satisfied with Autoclass and Gaston was very helpful.
For a glovebox mounted changer you would need to buy a fiber optic cable. There are dif...
For a glovebox mounted changer you would need to buy a fiber optic cable. There are different cables for standard and Bose systems. The power cable is taped up somewhere behind the dash. Put the changer in the glovebox. Mounting it in the trunk would be much more difficult.
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