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The Mercedes-Benz is a wonderful car that is designed to keep sound outside the vehicle. Putting any kind of subwoofer in the trunk that fires into the trunk only emphasizes Mercedes' engineering. The trunk lid flexes and the punks on the sidewalk say, 'Way cool!'. If this is your goal, put such a subwoofer in your trunk. If you want the bass to play inside your car you must have a subwoofer enclosure that has a partially external port that can exit from the top of the box and rise through the heavy steel package shelf under a grille. The bass will have the same quality as your Mercedes! You will need an amplifier dedicated to driving the subwoofer with a four channel amplifier driving the four corner speakers. Do not retain the paper-faced, o.e. speakers, but replace with same size coaxial speakers. All aftermarket Aisian coaxial speakers are similar sounding and differ mainly in efficiency. MB Quart, JL Audio, Dynaudio, Focal, and Morel make better speakers but they may not all fit in factory locations. MB Quart coaxials will fit and sound much better than stock speakers. P.
 

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Couldn't agree more....

I recently got my 3 12's installed into my E430. It makes really nifty noises outside of the trunk and almost no bass inside, it's quite sad. The thing is, the car is leased and i'm not sure if mercedes benz would like a hole in the rear deck of their car. I guess i'll just have to live with it. Does anybody know how big a difference porting the rear deck makes? Is it as loud as toyotas with systems? If its just a little gain in loudness i'm not even gonna think about it.
 

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If you hear anything as to whether or not it is worthwhile to port the rear shelf, let me know..I'm debating as such my self.<br> cheers!
 

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I have a 91 300D 2.5Turbo and I had a professional audio specialist cut a hole in my rear deck where the first-aid kit is located. The first aid kit door was drilled with holes and covered with speaker fabric that matches the rear deck. The car looks factory but sounds unbelievable. I have two JL 12' subs in the trunk and it was worth having the car cut. The trunk in this model is fully carpeted even the trunk lid, so this helps the sound too. <br> <br> <br> My car is diesel and the cut was somewhat away from the fuel tank. This could be tricky with a gasoline model. Only trust an expert! <br> <br>
 
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