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So one or both of the rear subwoofers are blown in my '98 E320 4dr. Does anybody know if I can replace them with 6W0 JL's? Or do I just have to replace them with the same Bose woofers? Please help, really confused on what to do. Any other advice will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Are you sure they are 'blown'? i.e. voice coils shot?

I had one that sounded blown and I ordered a new one from the dealer ($200).

Turned out it was only the dust cap that was loose and needed to be glued back into place. So I have a spare subwoofer now, lol.

I would check and see if that is the problem with your speaker if it sounds crappy and/or makes a distorted rattling sound. The dust cap can come loose and rattle against the speaker, distorting the sound.
 

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I don't know if the Bose amplifier in the car includes an equalizer as used on the old (not subwoofer-satellite) systems. If it does, you will want to retain the OEM speakers. Does anyone know?
 

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make sure it is 2 ohms,that is what all the speakers run.You can experiment with reversing the phase of the rear speakers to make the wave length get to you in a longer delay thus making the bass deeper and more correctly directed.
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Are you sure they are 'blown'? i.e. voice coils shot?

I had one that sounded blown and I ordered a new one from the dealer ($200).

Turned out it was only the dust cap that was loose and needed to be glued back into place. So I have a spare subwoofer now, lol.

I would check and see if that is the problem with your speaker if it sounds crappy and/or makes a distorted rattling sound. The dust cap can come loose and rattle against the speaker, distorting the sound.
Thanks so much, you saved me a lot of money. Now when I talked to one of the guys in the car audio shop, he said that if I wanted to put in an aftermarket stereo or subwoofers that I would have to replace the whole sound system. Is that true?
 

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Excuse my rookie question, but is there a place I can look (without taking things apart) to see what brand of speakers I have? I heard that for Europe the name is Rainbow Audio Components. I see here that you all talk about BOSE.
 

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damn my links haven't been working...

Incase you still need help, search the Audio and Telematics section for

HOW TO: Adding a sub to your stock/Bose system with a Line Output Convertor

should help you

Your options for checking the brand is to remove the liner in the trunk and see if you can read the stamps on the coil...or remove the grills from the deck lid and (I think their on top) remove the screws to extract the speaker that way.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks so much, you saved me a lot of money. Now when I talked to one of the guys in the car audio shop, he said that if I wanted to put in an aftermarket stereo or subwoofers that I would have to replace the whole sound system. Is that true?
i dont know for sure, as i've not done it myself...yet. i know that many of us
210 owners appreciate a good sound system, all with varying tastes. but on
one of the other boards, this guy appeared to know what he was talking about
so i just bookmarked it for future reference, in case i got around to modifying
my system. new HU to your Bose

the only thing i've done so far is to swap out the stock AUDIO 30 head unit
with an AUDIO 10, so that i could swap CDs on the move. i also am in the
middle of installing a Kenwood KOS-a200 which appears to be the least
expensive (about $120) method for me to patch in MP3, Ipod, aux in to the
AUDIO 10. if everything is working well, i'll likely add a subwoofer of sorts
into the rear deck...or a box in the trunk.
 

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Thanks so much, you saved me a lot of money. Now when I talked to one of the guys in the car audio shop, he said that if I wanted to put in an aftermarket stereo or subwoofers that I would have to replace the whole sound system. Is that true?
Np! So your subs are ok?

The stock head unit is actually a good unit, no real need to replace it. Since yours is a 1998, there is an excellent product to hook up an iPod. It's a direct connection, replaces the CD connection. You can control the iPod via the head unit controls (CD buttons 1-6 access playlists, etc.). Charges iPod as well, sound is perfect. Takes about 3-4 minutes to install. Make sure you order the radio removal keys if you don't have them. You don't even need to disconnect the stereo to install. Just pull it out, swap the CD changer plug with the new one and you are good to go.

Here is a link, I have this product installed and it's excellent - cheap at $75. Note that it only works on the older style units (Becker 1692).

In Dash PC - Mercedes Benz 94-98 iPod adapter (direct digital interface)
 
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