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Old 01-26-2012, 09:54 AM
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Where is the amp in the 1991 124? It has the premium system with the subwoofers. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:11 AM
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Ken thanks for your willingness to help out , I have a 1981 240D want to upgrade speakers & add new CD Player / Receiver , plant to buy from Crutchfields and will be using their proprietary harness for my vehicle , what speaker size for front & rear , any and all help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated . Joe
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Where is the amp in the 1991 124? It has the premium system with the subwoofers. Thanks!
There is a tuner along with two separate amplifiers.
All in the trunk on the right-hand side near the gas tank filler pipe.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:50 PM
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400E replacement

I have a 1992 400E Mercedes with the stock / OE radio (non-Bose) and want to replace the unit with ANY other head unit that has Bluetooth / telephone / USB functionality.
Canít find any harness adaptors for this car, not even Crutchfields.
Do you have any options to replace this radio WITHOUT re-wiring the car?
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Hi I have a 1986 420 SEL with the stock Becker Grand Prix which has failed. I want to replace it with an inexpensive radio that works, and I do not want to cut the harness. Can you provide or recommend an adapter?
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UPDATE: I ordered a simple Kenwood unit from Crutchfield, and they included a harness adaptor which plugs nicely into the factory main harness, and speaker plugs for these wires, so no cutting. My car is simpler as it does not have the additional amps; a + and - to the front and to the rear, via the fader on the center console. The only information I need now: the two female spade terminals on the factory harness: one is brown/blue stripe, and the other is solid blue. What does each of these do? I figure one triggers the antenna and one is something for the alarm system.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:01 PM
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Hi I have a 1986 420 SEL with the stock Becker Grand Prix which has failed. I want to replace it with an inexpensive radio that works, and I do not want to cut the harness. Can you provide or recommend an adapter?
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I'm not sure if anyone makes an adapter that just plugs in to accommodate a new stereo HU. Though you could leave the harness intact and piggyback the new radio harness onto the old by splicing into it. You just have to get the Mercedes color codes since they're usually different with most stereo HU wire harnesses sold.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:17 PM
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The problem with installing the aftermarket unit is the speaker wire connections. You can find power, ignition, illumination, ground, right from the oem harness, but you need to wire the speaker wires by either splicing into the fader control on the center console, or going to the oem amp which is behind the rear seat.

Either way you're looking at some work at removing trims.

Easiest way is to shop for an exact factory model for your becker unit online.

I found a refurbished becker 1432 for 99 shipped on ebay, and it's been working great!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:28 PM
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I wired in a double din radio in my 300TE with using the existing speaker wiring. The stock amp didn't work any ways (was disconnected) and was mounted in the rear. So I piggybacked two more speakers off of that and mounted them in the rear.
It's pushing 8 speakers off the stereo HU's amp and sounds great.





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that's a nice setup. I didn't know you can modify the console to fit a double-din!! Would've save me a lot of headaches trying to source a single din solution that does everything i wanted.

I ended up getting a pioneer unit (6300BT) so the screen flips up and turn into a 7 inch monitor, which is nice, but does get in the way of blocking the a/c access.

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Wait, you have the w124. that's why you're able to make the mod. w126 doesn't leave room for a double-din. There's a ashtray and 3 buttons for the heated front seats. Don't want them removed.
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that's a nice setup. I didn't know you can modify the console to fit a double-din!! Would've save me a lot of headaches trying to source a single din solution that does everything i wanted.

I ended up getting a pioneer unit (6300BT) so the screen flips up and turn into a 7 inch monitor, which is nice, but does get in the way of blocking the a/c access.

update:

Wait, you have the w124. that's why you're able to make the mod. w126 doesn't leave room for a double-din. There's a ashtray and 3 buttons for the heated front seats. Don't want them removed.

I removed the ashtray (made the plate around radio and filled in gap where ashtray was with a universal mud flap, trimmed to fit and added carbon fiber vinyl). With a little ingenuity you could relocate the buttons for the heated seats. Possibly Dremel out some slots in the center console. You would probably have to attached (solder) some additional wire for more length.
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reat-looking install! And thanks for the answer. if I can get power off my factory wire, I can run new speaker wire and get new speakers.
Cheapest thing probably is to find a working Grand Prix.
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Running new wires for new speakers? That's a pretty hefty undertaking. Good luck with that.

I left the original speaker wires alone. Just ran 8 wires from the front hu to the 2 amps behind the rear seatbacks.

I think i might have shorted something because after the install, the rear dome lights stayed on so i had to remove the light bulb. LOL
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It's not bad at all, fronts just go behind the dash and you can route the rear ones up under the carpet with the other wires. Honestly it's easier than splicing into a factory amp.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:03 PM
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reat-looking install! And thanks for the answer. if I can get power off my factory wire, I can run new speaker wire and get new speakers.
Cheapest thing probably is to find a working Grand Prix.
Randy R.
Actually the Grand Prix radios are selling for almost the price of a new HU.
The JVC double din in the photo was on sale as a open box buy for only $65.
Nothing was wrong with it, still like new. Box and everything included. I see them online for twice that. But still you get all the bells and whistles for not a bad price. CD/MP3, USB, Pandora, HD radio, and BT.

Stereo wiring isn't rocket science. Once you get the color code it's a "no brainer".
Invest in a $10 multimeter just as a precaution for testing so you don't wire anything wrong.

If anyone is interested I'm parting out a 93 400e. I still have the speakers, sorry no stereo HU.

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