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Old 11-30-1999, 07:32 PM
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I have recently aquired this car with the OEM AM/FM /Cassette, in which the cassette does not work. We need to replace this unit with a CD unit. We are not audiophiles, but do like to listen to our tunes while driving down the road. We also use the back of the wagon quite a bit, so I think that a remote CD changer is out of the question. Unless soemone knows where it can be put and accessed with interfering with the cargo space.

My real question is should I consider a MB replacement CD player or just go with a good aftermarket? I am not even sure what is available from MB. If it is available iit overpriced for the sound quality? Will it be a straight remove and insert the new unit? I may do a speaker upgrade at the same time, which I have read about in this forum, but this is not a given. The car is in excellent original shape and I obviously want to keep things nice.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanx in advance for all the help!

87 300TDT
150,000 miles

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Old 12-01-1999, 04:01 PM
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As regards where to put a changer, if it's of a newer variety it's likely pretty small and may fit in with your First Aid to the rear washer reservoir (which is where I've stashed the amp for my wagon's subwoofer. Another option is to make some sort of foam "sleeve" that would fit the inside of the spare tire and keep the changer from bouncing around. Yet another option (presuming no 3rd seat) is to suspend the changer from the rearmost compartment lid on your cargo floor...that worked for me for years until I installed a third seat! I've also since upgraded my head unit in that car, so the changer's incompatable....if I do buy a new one, into the spare tire it goes!!
As regards the OEM equipment, the CD changer in my 500E is the EXACT same Alpine that was in my wagon...however, it's attached to an OE head unit in the 500 so it only sounds so-so. But that could very well be the speakers or amp, i haven't touched a thing in that car.

If I were you, I'd go aftermarket and buy a nice combo head unit/changer from a reputable brand like Alpine or Blaupunkt. It'll probaly have more power than stock, you're getting today's electronics, and it's probably quite a bit cheaper. Keep the OE unit for re-installation when you sell the car, and move your stereo to your next ride!

Hope this helps, if only a little!

Best regards, Michael
'92 500E
'88 300TE
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Old 12-02-1999, 05:52 AM
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That is good advice and the way I think I will go. My guess is that is what the previous owner did as well....put the old broken cassette deck back in just before I bought it!

Thanx for your help!

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