A new client came to us from Richmond, looking to upgrade her 2005 Mercedes SLK350 stereo system. She had bought the Mercedes from a car dealer that we’ve done a bunch of work for, and they suggested she give us a call. After spending some time on discussing options with her, we decided that the factory-installed speakers and amp sounded just fine to her, and she mainly wanted modern technology like Bluetooth, navigation and a backup camera.
One of the tricky parts of modern Mercedes vehicles is that most of the audio systems use a fiber optic cable to send information through the vehicle. Installing an aftermarket radio system into that is a little “different” from the norm. Thankfully, we deal with a company called NavTV that makes a perfect interface to tie in the factory system, without having to change out anything else. It plugs right in line with the OEM fiber optic signal, keeping the existing amplifier and speakers intact. This gave us the ability to install a brand-new Pioneer NEX navigation system, and a OEM-style backup camera.
The Pioneer NEX units add a host of new features to the Mercedes. She now has built in navigation, HD radio, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and more at her fingertips. The OEM-style mount Rydeen camera on the back blends in seamlessly, just like it came that way from the factory. She was thrilled with the overall look and host of new features that the new, upgraded stereo system gave her.
Have a Mercedes that you’d like to modernize with new, up-to-date technology? Check out either of our Richmond-area locations in Mechanicsville or Midlothian. We’d be happy to discuss some options and put together the perfect package for you.