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I have always wanted one and finally found a single owner with some miles but great shape. I leaks anywhere. Originally an Arizona car.
couple of questions that I have?

nav- states not installed. The only slot I have behind screen is cassette. I do have a multi cd cartridge in rear. Can I get nav for this ML with what I have? Or just swap stereo for newer? Also Bose system.
Also missing a piece from rear bumper. Can anyone tell me what it is? See pics.
Also owner couldn’t find cars handbook. eBay?

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meh, color match the code or sample, with a suicide can (you can buy custom matches, I do, when needed - doesn't cost that much more) or add a trailer hitch back there with a step bar.
I hate drivers who can't parallel park. If they want to damage there bumpers.... :)
can you steer me to a hitch that will fit?
 

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Lots written on hitches, there are 4 parts get a hitch from a pick and pull yard. Best to get an MB hitch Bring a very good breaker bar the bolts are usually lock tired and torque high!

1x Hitch and 4 bolts

2x corner brackets and 8 bolts and sleeves

1x MB wire harness left access panel to hitch (you can splice it in but the plug and play MB is painless) don’t forget the fuse?

Yes there are other brands but they usually do not have corner brackets which increases towing to max 5000lbs
Does an OEM Mercedes trailer hitch look like any other type?
 

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Many of the after market hitches tend to have a gusset plate welded from the receiver to the mounting plate. Every part on a MB hitch is labeled with a part number it will start W163 xxx….

Notice the notch in the bumper! The bumper will not attach with out it
Thanks. I believe I have seen several in ebay for sale
 

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1。in so far as the stereo/NAV system. Your best bet is to purchase a pioneer head unit along with a sooche adapter sleeve and a wire harness adapter kit.
2. The missing piece on the bumper is the cover for the trailer hitch. You can get those on eBay for about 35 bucks brand new, but they are not painted so a body shop will have to paint it to match.
3. Make sure you get the pioneer head unit that has Apple play capability. This way you can have NAV through your iPhone if you have an iPhone.
4. The pioneer and components necessary to install them can be easily found online.
Thanks. In research I am going with aftermarket head unit. So in your opinion go with Pioneer?
 

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I initially used the above install kit and found it to be flimsy and the tabs on the cover break easily. Someone on this site recommended the
Metra 99-7503 2003-2005 Mazda 6 Installation Dash Kit
and it fits a lot better...kind of amazing how it perfectly matches the W163 opening.

Good luck!
Are you sure that’s the correct number to fit that vehicle? It looks totally different.
 

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--------> This thread
the rails

Pioneer is a very good brand but not the only one. I chose a Sony XAV-AX5500 which has all the right features and a nice clean look. And I installed it with the Scosche MZ2349B without any problems which you can see here. No need to buy Mazda parts.

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And the part in post #31 is wrong, by the way. Hopefully @tpdtopcop didn't purchase it.
that looks very nice
 

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Hi all,

Bought rear bumper trailer hitch cover for my 2001 ML 320, however it does not fit. Do I have to get a special type?
 

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