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I have a 2005 E500 Wagon that I ordered last year and took delivery of in January. It has the Premium Package that includes the Harman Kardon radio system with navigation, etc. Many press releases have bragged about the fact that all 2005 MBs come w/ Sirius satellite radio but I'm now learning (from this forum and the dealer) that all this whoopla just means that the radio has a SAT button and a wiring harness for plugging a satellite receiver into. What a joke. Even GM has their act more together than that. Quite misleading I think.

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Last March 15, another innovation was introduced by Mercedes Benz. This time it has tied up with Delphi Corporation, a leading manufacturer of retail satellite radio receivers. All 2005 Mercedes Benz vehicles in North America will now feature a factory installed Satellite Radio Receiver as standard equipment. Satellite radio offers its listeners hundreds of choices of music and other programming stations. It is also one of the fastest growing entertainment applications today.

http://articles.worldvillage.com/north_american_mercedesbenz_vehicles_for_2005_now_sports_delphi_satellite_radio_receivers.html
and also quoted on CNet

When I spoke to my dealer they wanted to charge me $1,000 in parts (receiver and antenna) plus $300 labor. I certainly don't want it that bad and I feel misled about what the car actually has that supports satellite radio. From a link on the mbusa site as well as this form, it seems that the parts should be about $679, not $1000 but that's still a lot.

Any pearls of wisdom? Is there a more cost effective way of getting Sirius integrated w/ my factory unit (no aftermarket add-ons)? A good source for the parts? Any documentation on the installation? Is it a reasonable project to do myself given good mechanical abilities but no special MB-related tools or experience? It seems that the kit includes an unsightly black blob of an antenna that dealers usually drill a hole through the decklid to mount and many owners use aftermarket units. Any idea what the antenna solution is for a wagon? Have they figured out a way to combine the nav and sat radio antennas yet?
 

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I'm in the same boat w/ my E55. I was quoted like $950.00 and that was just for the tuner over the counter from the dealer. Like I might pay that for a tuner. Anyway, I have seen pics of the antenna installation done inside the car on the rear decklid by the rear window. It's much neater and cleaner of an install IMO. If I could find the tuner and antenna at a reasonable price, I could do the install myself. It's simple enough.
 

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The install will require version coding from the Star Diagnosis computer at the dealer. Also I just learned a great trick on mounting antenna inside the car if interested.
 

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I'm in the same boat. MB is not really cooperating well with folks who want to keep their system integrated. I think its pretty stupid.
Here's why. You are all right about the price of the Kit. I checked dealers in Atlanta GA, Austin, and San Antonio Texas and basically was quoted 3 different labor rates, with two different prices for the kit. One was 675, and the other ( Atlanta) was like 795!! plus they all varied in their labor rate between the states so I was quoted between 950 and 1100 all in.
The issue with the Sat system is that in the kit, you have the tuner ( 425.00 ) the antenna ( +- 100.00 ) , a mounting brackett ( 50.00 or so ) , and a bunch on hardware to make up the rest. I have a part number for the tuner and the bracket, but MB has a block on selling these items seperately. That' is so stupid!! I already have mount a magnetic antenna, with a coax splitter, so I just need the tuner, and i'm ready to go. But Noooo, some looser is trying to liquidate all of the kits as a whole and I can not understand why.. These tuners don't even work with 05 and up cars with MOST. so You'd think that they would be willing to get rid of the shit cheap. Especially since you can get real creative with 150 bucks and a Roady!!!
I'm trying now to see if I can get a dealer I am talking to to force a special order for me OR let me return the antenna, from the Kit and use the credit for my version coding fee as It should come out about the same.

I hope I can get one of these guys to work with me, because i 'd really like to have my system integrated.

The installation is a peice of cake.. There is a post on here somewhere with all the instructions for the W203. To me, it's not worth 300 or 400 bucks labor and a day without my car to get this done. Maybe 200 if that includes the 95.00 charge for version coding.
BE advised... This is not done under warranty either.. That's kinda stupid also!!
 
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