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Does anyone have experience with the (anxiously awaited) iPod integration kit yet? The MBusa.com site says they are starting with the M class, so I don't know if it's available for my 05 C230 yet... Am curious as to what the dealers are charging for installation. The $299 retail price for the unit itself seems a bit high... the Alpine KCA-420i iPod interface is only $99 retail. Am wondering what the difference is between that and the MB branded one, or if there is an exact match of the MB branded one from Alpine.
 

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I'm almost certain it is. What I've found in the past (with Acura for example) is that Alpine makes the headunit, and then the auto manufacturer charges you twice the Alpine price for a re-branded Alpine add in (like a CD changer). I know that Alpine makes the IPod adapter kit, but don't know if it's equally "integrated" into the Head Unit they made for MB.
 

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only way to find out is take a look at MBs adapter and see if they look the same as Alpine's...
or just buy one, test it and return it if it doesn't work...
 
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