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Topic: Accessories
CD Player for 2017/2018 E-Class and 2018 S-Class

Mercedes CD Player

So, you drive one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world but you really like listening to CDs? I have heard this a surprising number of times since the 2017 E300 arrived without a CD player and the 2018 S-Class was not far behind. I had this same issue when the 2003 E-Class was the first car to arrive without a tape deck. I wonder what comes after Bluetooth streaming? Usually once all of my clients become comfortable with a technology is about the time the next new things arrives to shake it up!

Mercedes heard you still listen to CDs and has come up with a solution so you can be a little old-school. I have not seen this in person but it looks pretty simple and would not interfere with the scent diffuser. I bet if your got really crafty you could fit an 8-track in there too. :)

The accessories team is pleased to announce the availability of the NEW CD player retrofit suitable for select E-Class and S-Class vehicles. The retrofit accessory CD player supports all current music formats and is fully integrated into the operating logic of the vehicle. Artist, album, title and cover art image are shown on the vehicles central display and the CD drive is discreetly installed in the glove compartment to protect it from prying eyes.

  • CD ripping on to the head unit music register is not possible (this feature is not available in NTG5.5)
  • Single CD drive only
  • Functions: play, pause, stop, search forward/backward, track increment/decrement, direct track selection (Track “n”), disk check, CD-Text 
  • Supported formats: CD-DA, WAVE, CD-R, CR-RW, mp3, m4a, FLAC
  • Part Numbers: A222 820 6306, A222 826 1300, A213 820 7802, A000 983 3800

The cost should be around $300 for the parts, plus installation. Please contact your dealership parts department to make sure they are in stock or orderable.

designo Magnolia Flowing Lines Trim in the Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG!

E-Class Magnolia TrimThe 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class started arriving earlier this year but we’ve only been getting the “normal” configurations. These are good looking cars…but we all know what Burl Walnut Wood looks like! Some of the ordered cars have recently started to arrive with exciting colors and options!

E-Class Wood trim

This Mercedes-AMG E43 features a new trim – the designo (say duh-zin-yo) Magnolia Flowing Lines Trim with the Macchiato Beige Leather. What a beauty! I have seen the flowing lines trim in the S-Class before and it really compliments the sweeping lines of the dashboard. It also looks like art deco furniture detailing to me and I love it! The Flowing Lines look is also available in Piano Black rather than the Magnolia which would be incredibly dramatic!

Mercedes Striped Wood

The Macchiato Leather is lighter than Silk Beige but not as light as Porcelain. Having it paired with the dark carpet is a life saver in the maintenance department! I often kick the bottom of the door with my shoes as I exit the vehicle and a light door is my nemesis. This is a good combination of light seats with black accents.

Mercedes Magnolia Flowing Lines E-Class

The center console in the 2017 E-Class will always be the high gloss piano lacquer. That is the area from the central command controller, around the cupholders, up to the air conditioning controls. If you like your interior more matchy-matchy then the Paino Lacquer Flowing Lines would be the way to go! Also, you will need a small microfiber cloth to keep the center console dust free.

Mercedes Magnolia Wood

Look at that detail! You can see the wood grain of the Magnolia and every perfect join on the Flowing Lines. I can’t tell what material the Flowing Lines are made of. Is it metal? Wood? Plastic? Maybe someone out there knows? Please do e-mail me if you know!

Try something different with your next order! The designo Flowing Lines Wood trim would be an attractive addition to any new Mercedes-Benz!

Homelink Programming in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

The 2017 E300 is the first car in a few years with a different Homelink system. Here is what worked for me.

2017 E300 Homelink Programming

Step One: Hold one of the buttons on the bottom of the Mirror (1,2, or 3). Light flashes.

Step Two: At the same time, hold The Button You Want to Program on the remote. Light flashes quickly.

Now your mirror is programmed but you must teach the garage about it. (Love this guy!)

Learn ButtonStep Three: Press then release the Learn Button on the Head Unit of your Garage Door Opener. He’s pointing at it.

Step Four: Press and then release the button on the mirror that you programmed (1, 2, or 3). It might work! If not, press and release again. My garage works on the third try.

You did it! Nice work!

Note: There is a know issue with the 2017 E300 not holding the code. If this happens to you, take it to the service department and ask them to “Add the Operational Codes.” The notice was posted to dealers on June 30th, 2016 and takes less than 30 minutes to update in the car.

(Thanks to Chris in SC for helping me solve this mystery!)

Apple CarPlay for Mercedes-Benz – Video

Several of our later production 2016 models are now equipped with Apple CarPlay. Here is how it works!

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Mercedes-AMG G63 – Now with Black Wheels!


Light Ivory G63


Light Ivory G63 Black Wheels


Light Ivory G63 Matte Black Wheels

This was a inexpensive way to give the G63 a new look!

Mercedes-Benz GLE400 Meets Yellow Lab!

This is the result of my previous Cargo Area Experiment in the GLE-Class! A happy Lab is the best reward!

Mercedes-Benz SUV Dog Net or Cargo Divider

I was trying these out for a customer today in a GLE-Class and thought someone else might be interested.

1 – Wire Mesh Divider Part Number A1668600042

This is a super heavy duty divider! It took two people to get it positioned in the car and is a bear to screw in. However, if you plan to leave it in full time it is very clean looking and would certainly keep everything in the cargo area contained! Approximate cost: $500

2 – Old Dog Net from 2013 or so

I am guessing everyone who had an ML in 2013 has one of these kicking around the garage because it came standard back then. It is out of production now but I am sure you could find one on Ebay or Craig’s list. It is cloth mesh on the top and straps on the bottom, folds in half for easy storage and would allow objects to pass under with the seats folded flat.

There you go! Two containment options!

Mercedes-Benz and Apple CarPlay Annoucement!

Apple CarPlay® is designed to allow the same clean, simple interface that users enjoy on their iPhone® to be also shown on their vehicle’s display.

Functionality of Apple CarPlay® includes:

  • Making and receiving calls (Phone)
  • Reading and dictating text messages (Messages)
  • Navigation to and from locations (Maps)
  • Music streaming (Beats 1, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Sticher, Rdio)
  • Podcast and audio book streaming (, Audible, MLB At Bat, CBS Radio News)
  • Use of Siri voice-control across the CarPlay® platform

CLA, GLA, B-Class from December 1 Production: Smartphone Integration Package $350 or Included with Multimedia Package

E-Class, CLS-Class from December 1 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

GLE-Class from January 8 Production: Included with premium 1 Package

Mercedes-Benz Garmin Map Pilot Navigation Video

Here is a quick demo of the Garmin Map Pilot for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, CLA-Class and CLS-Class. This is a very well integrated system and I highly recommend it.

Mercedes-Benz Collision Repair at Atlanta Classic cars

Did you know that Atlanta Classic Cars has the only Mercedes-Benz Authorized Collision Center in Georgia? We fix all kinds of damage…

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