Technology in our vehicles is rapidly evolving! When I first started with Mercedes-Benz, the most advanced navigation system had a packet of 12 CDs you had to change out as you drove through different regions! And that was just available for the S-Class and it was in the trunk! It was years before navigation was available in all models. Then nav was on one DVD for the whole country and finally it was built into the hard drive. Currently you can use three different systems to navigate in the car: the built-in system, CarPlay/AndriodAuto, or Garmin Map Pilot.
Just a handful of cars still have the SD slot that makes Garmin Map Pilot a possibility but for those clients who don't want the full Multimedia system and can't rely on cell phone signal for CarPlay, Garmin Map Pilot can me a good middle ground. I must admit, I still use the built in system regularly. I know all the young folks are on board for Waze through the CarPlay but I travel outside of cell coverage fairly often and I like having a 100% reliable system just waiting for me!
I recently installed a Garmin Map Pilot in a 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC300 and I was impressed with the recent improvements. The graphics were much sharper than in previous versions. The voice control was much more responsive and intuitive. I also felt like the whole system was much faster to respond. So, if you have a vehicle that is "pre-wired for SD navigation" this would be the add on.
Note: I highly recommend you order this SD card from your dealership parts department by VIN to make sure it will work in your vehicle. As I mention in the video, the card won't work in multiple cars and there are different versions. If you buy a used card or the wrong card you will not get a navigation system!
The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is here! It has actually been out for a few months but supply has been very limited. We are just starting to get vehicles in stock for more than a day at a time! With this new supply we are also seeing colors and options that have not been available. I'm still waiting for my first E-ACTIVE Body Control vehicle! I can't wait to see it dance!
One option that I have yet to see in person is D11 - Roof Spoiler. I do have one on order for a client so I went in search of good pictures. After scouring dealer websites for inventory pictures and not finding the angles I wanted, the accessories department at MBUSA was kind enough to supply me with these images. Notice - the top image also features the Black Side Cladding - D24. I think the featured vehicle is Mojave Silver but that could be a lighting trick. It could also be Selenite Grey.
The Accessory Roof Spoiler adds some additional length to the roof line and a sporty, perforated look. It will always be painted to match the body color of the GLE. Technically these are European images but compared to the pictures I have seen of US spec cars they are an accurate representation.
It is installed at the Vehicle Prep Center if you order it with the vehicle and the cost is $600. It can be added to the vehicle any time before it reaches the prep center. Or, it could be added at the dealer but there would be additional cost because we have to paint them when they arrive. This is true of most spoilers by the way. It is a common add-on with the sedans or coupes. Generally they are $600 for the parts and then it costs us about $300 more to paint it.
D11 - Rear Spoiler for the GLE-Class - $600 when ordered with the vehicle
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
The 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
The 2017 E300 is the first car in a few years with a different Homelink system. Here is what worked for me.
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!)
Step 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!)
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.