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Hi... My 1997 SL is put away for the winter but I am planning to remove the radio and have it rebuilt or exchanged . Does anyone recommend a rebuild company and a contact ip/url , secondly as I am too lazy to pull the radio out just yet as the CD player is an Alpine, does that mean the radio is also Alpine .I was told 1997 were Alpines by one dealer..My led's are weak , knobs are worn and the sound is cutting out on the passenger bank on occasion..I want to stay stock so I am not interested in anything non oem..Thanks:::
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Alpine was in a couple of the MY's. They were plagued with erratic volume knobs, easily fixed with a couple sprays of electronics cleaner. Your passenger bank may be related, it could be volume knob, automatic volume control, speakers, etc.

Check your door speakers, they many have failed with water damage, replaced with OEM from Bose, $40.00 when I replaced them early this year. http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1499424-bose-door-speakers.html

Faceplate button design, note that 96+ MYs have the square corners and pre 96 have the rounded, see discussion starting with post #22. http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1473528-interesting-finds-craigslist-3.html A repair shop tried to sell me the incorrect design and argued that I was wrong. They have a very slight difference, depending on how OE you want to be. The faceplate buttons are also easily broken. You can see this easily by misaligned, wiggly buttons. They can be hot glued to get them back into working condition.

Determining Alpine or Becker, look for the F/R fader, if it doesn't have it then it's Alpine. chriswufgator has a post on it as well, But, I can't find it right now.

Other links that may help:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1479395-radio-replace-repair.html

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1476442-96-oe-alpine-radio-faceplate.html
 
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