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Old 08-28-2003, 09:51 AM
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Just bought an S-Class, would like to add some options.

Hi there,

I have just recently bought a new S320L (99 V-Reg), and would now like to add some options, but would like some advice.

1) New alloys:

I currently have the stock 16" rims, but would like to upgrade to 17/18" ones. Would the 17's offer beter ride quality than the 18's? Ride comfort is a priority.

where would be the best place to buy them? I want originals or very high quality replicas.

2) Tinted windows:

I currently have very lightly smoke tinted windows, but want them darker, for privacy. I don't want them totally blacked out, but still quie dark. Quality is of paramount importance here, I got a job done on my old car, and bubbles appeared afer a couple of months. This cannot occur again.

Would it much more expensive to actually replace the glass as opposed to using film?

Again, some advice on where to go would be great.

3) Satnav/Command:

I don't currently have any type of satnav, but would like it. How much would it cost to retrofit the original command system? Is it possible to fit the new system, or is only the old one possible?

Where could i go besides Mercedes?

4) Rear air conditioning control:

Is there any way to retrofit this?

How much would these things roughly cost from Mercedes?

I would appreciate any answers to any of the questions, and once again, let me stress that qualiy is top prioriy here. I would rather go without than have a second rate job.

Thank you.

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Old 08-28-2003, 12:56 PM
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1) Don't change the wheels because the heavier rim will eat through your control arm bushings. The car already has 235 width tires, you have an S320, I dont think the car needs the extra tread. Save your money for the head gasket repair.
2) The glass is double pane and I know some pieces are very expensive.
3) Almost anyone can install the navigation systems these days; but I would have it done at the dealer or a reputable shop for a nice clean installation.
4) Rear AC. I bet it could be done but the cost would be very high. The cost would be at least 2000 since it was a 1500 option from the factory.
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Old 08-28-2003, 01:33 PM
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You can get the windows tinted professionally for around $200. I had mine done at 35% in the front and 15% in the rear for $170 at a local Stereo/Window Shop
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Old 08-28-2003, 02:07 PM
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Not a direct answer to your questions, but.... since you just bought this car, I would give it at least a 2-3 month "shakedown" period to see what more pressing matters might come up. You never know what expensive surprise the previous owner might have left for you.

For wheels, I'd wait until your tires need replacement rather than wasting their remaining life. Then buy a wheel/tire combo from TireRack and you won't have to pay for mounting/balancing. Luke at TireRack can give you good advice on what to choose... I listened to him and was happy with the results.

Regarding tinting, I think it's a turn-off to many potential buyers, something to keep in mind for resale.

Of course if money is no object, ignore this post and have fun. And welcome to the MB club!
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