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Old 04-19-2004, 07:15 PM
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2001 C320 Phone and Changer installation

Hi everyone, as most of you know i just purchased a 2001 C320 (LOVE IT!!!)

I would like to know where i can get the V60 Phone installation kit... i have the V60 phone, i just need the harness or bracket to install it in the arm rest.. where can i look aside from the dealer. How much money is the kit?
Is it easy to put in, and is it something i can do myself...

Also which changer does the C320 use, and i would like to install it in the glove box. Is this easy to do? and how much for the changer?

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Old 04-19-2004, 07:44 PM
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As far as the phone, you may be able to find a source outside of the MB dealer network, not really too sure.
If you have a Motorola V60 which isn't from the MB network, it won't work with the car, in other words you won't have ANY of the features the integrated phone should have (handsfree, in dash dialling, etc)
There are a few other parts required to make this all work, plus you need the MB V60 phone. The major component is called the PSE, aka the HSE, which integrates the phone onto the fiber optics network. There is also the option for voice control system, which requires the VCS control module.
It "could" be done yourself if you're really good at this sort of thing, and assuming you have the work instructions. However the internal version coding needs to be changed inside the radio using the MB shop computer (SDS), so a trip to a dealer is virtually unavoidable if you want it done right. The hardest disassembly is that the radio needs to be removed, which is a tricky chore if you've never done this before. It's not as easy as just using the radio removal keys, not on a 203 chassis. The whole radio surround panel needs to be removed (from the center dash vents all the way down to the ashtray).
This also needs to be done to install the CD changer, as the fiber optics line behind the radio needs to be reconfigured.
It all gets pretty involved, wish I had better news for you.

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Old 04-19-2004, 07:51 PM
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arent all 203 chassis' already prewired for the phone?
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Old 04-19-2004, 07:57 PM
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Pre"wired" yes, but not all the required "parts" are installed.
Also there are other fiber optics required to join specific components, but nothing that requires adding wiring or fiber optics from the dash to the rear of the car, that stuff is all there.
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Old 04-19-2004, 07:59 PM
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I wonder how much it would cost to have the dealer do the phone installation and the CD changer
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This is a little tricky to predict. The dealer personnel should be able to give you an estimate. I don't know what the labor RATE (per hour) is around you, but my best guess would be around 3 or 4 hours (times the labor rate, which I would assume would be in the $70 to $90 per hour range.
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Here you can find my stories, how to install a Nokia Bluetooth car kit and how to add a Mercedes original CD changer.

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