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Old 07-11-2003, 01:03 PM
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E-320 Stereo Backlight Kaput

The audio system in my '97 E-320 works fine, but the backlight in the window doesn't work. During the day, I can see what is going on (e.g. CD track no., etc.) but not at night. Is this a BIG fix? Is it worth fixing? I have searched the archives with no success. The dealer said I need a new "head" unit for $350-500. Thanks for the help and/or suggestions.
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Old 07-11-2003, 01:44 PM
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Does the lighting for the buttons work?

If so, then I guess you *might* need a new headunit. In that case, I would monitor ebay and buy a used unit for less money.

im saying might since I don't really know...

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Old 07-11-2003, 03:26 PM
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Holson Adi is right. I think you have a becker 1492 or similar. You can find those on EBAY and other places for a lot less.

I have one that I may be selling... not sure yet. I also have the 6-changer CD player.
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Old 07-11-2003, 03:38 PM
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Thank you Holson Adi and Willy for the suggestions. I'm on my way to ebay looking for a Becker 1492.
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Old 07-11-2003, 04:03 PM
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Does yours look like this?

I'm told that the 1492 and the 1692 are identical. They have very minor cosmetic differences (I think one has a bit more rounded buttons.
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Old 07-11-2003, 04:30 PM
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Yes, Willy, as near as I can tell, it looks exactly like the one in your photo. Is that the 1492 or the 1692? I appreciate your follow-up.
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:06 PM
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I got that picture off of ebay from a completed auction. This one is a 1692.

I posted on beckerautosound.com some time ago asking about the differences between the 1492 and 1692. Got the following response back from Horst Becker: "Only the Buttons look different.:
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:13 PM
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Just found 2 for you:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3034902301&category=3288
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=38639&item=2422851386

Also, don't worry about worn volume buttons. You can get them from becker for cheap.
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Thanks again, Willy. Both of those you found on eBay look like perfect replacement units. I'm following them both. I appreciate your help.
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:18 PM
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What kind of CD changer do you contemplate to sell? I have a Becker Mexico 2330 for which I need a reasonably priced CD changer.

In case you are interested to sell, let me know if your changer would be compatible with my head unit .
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Have not decided on selling yet. Regardless, it is the CD 6 changer that works in most 94-97 vehicles. I don't think it will work with yours.
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What kind of CD changer do you contemplate to sell? I have a Becker Mexico 2330 for which I need a reasonably priced CD changer.

In case you are interested to sell, let me know if your changer would be compatible with my head unit .
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I have not decided whether I will sell yet. Regardless, I don't think it works with that radio.... only the 94-97 vehicles... but I'm not 100% sure.
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:09 AM
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Thinking of selling my head unit and CD changer

I might be selling my head unit which is from my 97 E-320 with the CD changer. Let me know if you're interested.
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:12 AM
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the head unit

that's the cd changer. here's the head unit.
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