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There are lots of ways to customize your Mercedes-Benz! These Sport Tail Lamps with clear lenses recently became available and we installed them in a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. I parked a standard tail light car next to it for comparison. The clear lenses give it a very custom, European look in my opinion. I bet it would look very dramatic on a black car!
If you are interested in swaping your lights the part number is A2129061658 and the cost should be about $770 plus labor.
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One of the salespeople got his Lighting Adaptor for the iPhone 5 today so we tested it with the Mercedes-Benz iPod/MP3 Interface Cable in an E-Class. It works! The adaptor is the little white square in thepicture above. It charges the phone, it plays the music, no problems. Here is the link to your $30 solution.
The Becker Map Pilot (Option Code 001 + Pre-Wire Code 508) is now available for the 2013 C-Class, GLK-Class and SLK-Class. I have used it a few times and find it to be much more intuitive than the Nav+4 or UMI that we used before. The Pre-Wire option is $200 and the Becker Map Pilot itself is $600 and can simply be plugged into the dock. The biggest flaw with the kit was the lack of a detailed instruction manual. Here it is!
Thanks to Nash for finding it for me!
As I am sure all of you Apple users already know, the iPhone 5 has a new, smaller plug. This plug will not work with the built-in iPod/MP3 interface cable in your Mercedes-Benz. You will need an adapter. Apple has a couple on the website with an estimated ship date of October. Problem solved!
Now that we well into model year 2013, the new features of mbrace2 have been coming up more often. Here is a quick summary for those trying to decide what package is right for you.
The mbrace basic services have been around for a long time:
mbrace Plus has also been available:
mbrace Apps are new for mbrace2:
mbrace2 is now standard on most Mercedes-Benz models (the S-Class/CL-Class will get it next year) and there are a lot of changes! You can review the packages in detail at MBUSA.com, or if you have an active mbrace system you can press the i-button and the helpful operators can walk you through it!
The new iPad docking stations have been very successful lately and Mercedes-Benz has just released another option.
These docks simply clip-on to the headrest supports! No labor, no wiring, easy to move from car to car! They are available for most current models and there are two designs – one for iPad 1 and one for iPad 2/3. In my experience the iPad 1 dock will accomate the 2/3, just not as snugly.
The difference between these clip-on docking stations and the wired-in system is power. These are not wired into the car so the iPads would have to be charged outside of the vehicle or with a 12 volt charging cable. So, for $500 you can have two docks that do not charge or for $1200 you can have two that do. Choices!
This is a 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 in Steel Grey…with a Paddle Board! My customer added the roof rack basic carrier (MSRP $300 from your local parts department) to the roof of the GL450 last week in anticipation of a paddle board trip. I think it makes the GL look very sporty! Thanks for sharing Chad!
The All Season Floor Liners for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class have been released! I really prefer these to the rubber mats. They protect the sides of the footwell, look really sleek and clean up easily. It is the same material as the Foldable Cargo Liner for the cargo area of the vehicle.
All Season Floor Trays for the 2012 ML-Class – MSRP $145:
We just installed our first iPad docking stations in a 2012 GL450! For this particular client we installed an iPad 2 dock behind the driver seat and an iPad 1 dock behind the passenger seat.
Here are the empty brackets. They are very slim and I hardly noticed them while I was driving the car.
iPads and USB charging cables are not included. The cables were $5.99 at my local Fry’s Home Electronics.
The iPads slide into the bracket so that the headphone jack, volume controls and plug line up with the openings in the bracket. The iPad 1 is fatter than the iPad 2 and will only fit in the specific iPad 1 bracket. The iPad 2 will fit in the bracket for the iPad 1 but is more stable in the bracket that is specific to the iPad 2/3.
The iPads can be tilted up or down to adjust the viewing angle.
The brackets can be rotated vertically for reading.
Our first experience with the docking stations was great! The system was easy for the technicians to install, looks great in the vehicle and offers our customers another way to entertain back seat passengers! You can listen from the iPad out loud or through headphones. Also, vehicles with Bluetooth Audio Streaming should be able to pair to the iPads and stream through the vehicle sound system. Each docking station costs about $400 plus the cost of installation. That is a pretty good savings over the $1950 Rear-Seat Entertainment system, considering you can take these screens with you!