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It's only original once, and these cars have managed to age gracefully thanks to the lack of modern tech.

Nothing feels as old as using a piece of tech that is one (or more) generation behind, is out of support, and/or can no longer be updated.

Case in point, would you use a car's OE integrated nav system or would you prefer to use Google Maps or Waze? Case closed
 

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You won't find a single DIN Apple CarPlay unit, they don't exist. I came a cross a recent R129 for sale and saw an interesting aftermarket radio in it from Continental Tire of all companies :


This modern head unit has the similar amber glow, and looking at the back of the stereo, they have the same connections as in R129/W124. It also has modern bluetooth for phone and music. Has anyone installed one of these?
 

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You won't find a single DIN Apple CarPlay unit, they don't exist. I came a cross a recent R129 for sale and saw an interesting aftermarket radio in it from Continental Tire of all companies :


This modern head unit has the similar amber glow, and looking at the back of the stereo, they have the same connections as in R129/W124. It also has modern bluetooth for phone and music. Has anyone installed one of these?
Took me 15 seconds to find this (no joke). I already have a awesome sounding updated JVC unit with Bluetooth. Bluetooth is nothing special anymore. The first thing when I got this car was gently take out the cool original radio and install a Bluetooth one and Continental is an awesome tire brand, but I didn't know the made radios,I would look into other radio name brands more like jvc, kenwood, pioneer, alpine, sony, etc.
 

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crutchfield.com/S-lDCqwKcoUqK/p_130AV3500/Pioneer-AVH-3500NEX.html?XVINQ=GLX&awkw=651939800848&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=336379056846&awdv=c&awug=9031993&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh_jD6a-x5QIVvxitBh2X8w_aEAQYAyABEgIdWfD_BwE
Here is way better brand the first one I sent, is a company that isn't known for quality products. I just want apple car play again not a plain Bluetooth radio I already have, but good luck with your search.
 

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So you're looking to install a screen to sync your phone to, and then stream bluetooth audio from that to the headunit?

Why not just get a smartphone mount that puts the iPhone in the field of view you want rather than add extra shit?
 

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So you're looking to install a screen to sync your phone to and then and stream bluetooth audio from that to the headunit?

Why not just get a smartphone mount that puts the iPhone in the field of view you want rather than add extra shit?
As I said that is my current setup and I just want to add apple carplay, alright, I just want it in my field of view so I don't have to look down while driving. I don't want to make it to complicated but If I can get what I want, I will. I'm starting to think the easiest way is to put a stupid flip out carplay single din head unit in and replace my jvc radio, but it will cover the ac controls when the screen is out and won't be where I want it.
 

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Don't know if this will be what you're looking for but Pioneer has a new single din head unit that might solve your issue? It syncs your phone and the head unit and enables you to use Apple Car Play/Android Auto.

 

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The easiest way definitely is a flip-out, the next easiest is an iPad with mount. Anything else is custom. For that you can follow the few who built in a double-din, or talk to a few local stereo installers who may have some good tips. Keep us posted though.
 

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I would recommend a less aggressive approach, leverage Grom Audio and adapt Bluetooth technology to the existing head unit and leverage your Phone or iPad. This does not provide the full functionality of Apple Car Play but moves the car from the 20th to the 21st Century. You can use the Phone or iPad as your Hotspot and run your apps, not the most elegant but functional. I did this upgrade in my W140 and kept the stock head unit. Just a suggestion.
 

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Don't know if this will be what you're looking for but Pioneer has a new single din head unit that might solve your issue? It syncs your phone and the head unit and enables you to use Apple Car Play/Android Auto.

Thank you, but my current setup is very similar to that already.
 

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The easiest way definitely is a flip-out, the next easiest is an iPad with mount. Anything else is custom. For that you can follow the few who built in a double-din, or talk to a few local stereo installers who may have some good tips. Keep us posted though.
I might have to go custom, flip out and an iPad are things I just do not want, but if I fail, I will most likely go flip out.
 

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I would recommend a less aggressive approach, leverage Grom Audio and adapt Bluetooth technology to the existing head unit and leverage your Phone or iPad. This does not provide the full functionality of Apple Car Play but moves the car from the 20th to the 21st Century. You can use the Phone or iPad as your Hotspot and run your apps, not the most elegant but functional. I did this upgrade in my W140 and kept the stock head unit. Just a suggestion.
Thank you, I checked out grom audio and this is a smart solution but far to complicated, I might come back to this is if I don't succeed though.
 

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I found this interesting little find





I’m going to try and retrofit this in my wagon when I have the time/money. I’m anticipating some fabrication, but luckily I have a 3D printer :)

I’m planning to remove the ashtray and somehow print a double din mount. Although this Sony radio is a single din with a touchscreen so I’m interested to see if it would just mount in.


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I found this interesting little find





I’m going to try and retrofit this in my wagon when I have the time/money. I’m anticipating some fabrication, but luckily I have a 3D printer :)

I’m planning to remove the ashtray and somehow print a double din mount. Although this Sony radio is a single din with a touchscreen so I’m interested to see if it would just mount in.


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Good luck can't wait to see the result and I have a 3d printer too. This would be easy but the issue is it isn't in my line of sight which makes this a massive inconvenience.
 

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This is what most 2016 Mercedes look like, I think an awesome way to get apple car play is to get a touch screen somehow get apple car play onto it and have it mirror all of the audio to my Bluetooth head unit. All the apple car play screen would need is a power wire going into it. It was be a very thin LCD and I have a dashmat on my dashboard that I could hide the way it's mounted and power wire. All the device needs to do is have a touchscreen with apple car play software and automatically connect with my phone using blue tooth as the input and output to my head unit using Bluetooth. I have a raspberry pi i could probably use that to load the software on it.
 

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You really need to get a modern day car that has all this crap. Then all you need to do is replace your car whenever you replace your phone or vice versa to stay ahead of the technology curve.
 

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I leave my Pixel android phone in my pocket, or sitting on the console, unless I'm using it to navigate whereupon its in a RAM Mount on my dash. Its bluetooth linked to my cheap Pioneer single DIN, and playing Spotify. if I don't like the tunes, its Hey Google....<beep>.... Spotify Play John Jorgenson... <Spotify... playing John Jorgenson...>

I dunno what could be simpler. Works in my w124, works in my F250 (which has a similar Pioneer) On the 124, the phone mount sits just to the right of the steering wheel and clear of the dashboard center air vents, but is well below my line of sight. Hey Google <beep> Phone Wife! <Phoning wife's name....> ring ring.
 

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You really need to get a modern day car that has all this crap. Then all you need to do is replace your car whenever you replace your phone or vice versa to stay ahead of the technology curve.
Again can’t afford a modern day car, this is a small thing to deal with doesn’t require a new car. I love this car and adding this feature would make it the perfect daily driver for me.


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And again, if you can't afford a new car that has this tech junk then you ought to quit whining about how you want your 25 year old car to look and resemble a modern car.
 
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