Mercedes is actually several notches behind Chrysler, let alone BMW, GM et
al in wiring its cars for Bluetooth, an impending legal requirement for
hands free cell phone use in cars in states like California. Hence this is
not a minor problem.
I try not to initiate calls from the car for safety reasons but I get many
emergency calls, so this is not a vanity issue for me.
It is beyond bizarre for a company that wants to market cars in the price
classes Mercedes positions itself in that its cars are not in the year 2007
pre-wired for bluetooth and that the Bluetooth "option" is at least a two to
three step process that inevitably involves purchasing a bluetooth module
separately from a Mercedes subsidiary rather than having the device
invisibly prewired into the car at the factory like it should be. At most
this would cost a couple of hundred dollars per car, cars that are already
prewired for the Mercedes version of Onstar.
Lest anyone think German/Mercedes engineering is world class they should
spec out bluetooth in a Mercedes. Mercedes must have hired unemployed Yugo
engineers for their version of bluetooth.
It is not hard to guess that I am hacked because the car spent the day at
the dealer only to find: no power wired to the blue tooth module, hence it
is useless, and it is Friday and I do not have the time to endlessly hassle
with this for another week.
It could be worse: at least Mercedes does not force an Iwheel into every
I don't see room for such complaints as long as there is a solution one can
Of course it would be nice if we would have for free everybody's favourite
option in the car. Obviously we do have different preferences, then it is
better that MB offers options, in Europe it is a lot better (US buyers can
be blamed about the US feature pack approach).
Now I can get anything I want and don't have to pay for a feature I don't
The W204 implementation shows that there is room for improvement, and MB is
on the way.
Frankly, bluetooth should be a standard fit worldwide, it's a fundamental
safety feature and increasingly, hands free is a legal requirement in many
It's as fundamental as airbags and anti lock brakes.
That aside, Mercedes have fundamental problems with the electorincs in their
vehicles. When soemthing goes wrong I find the dealer simply unable to fix
Mechanics are no longer mechanics, they are fitters trained in the art of
replacing modules, but no requirement to find out what's actually wrong.
I don;t think this is restriced to Mercedes, pretty much all modern motor
manufacturers bar the exotica.
I don't disagree with the above, not heavily at least. But why are we here,
just at the start of this thread there was a request that we should get
everything and free. Electronics are often for convenience but also often
making a feature less expensive. Another issue is emissions, we would not be
able to reach existing requirements without electronics. On the other hand,
most of the reliability issues are on convenience where safety is less of an
issue, then cost tends to force implementations unreliable. Finally, on MB
this reliability mainly concerns a few models that were built during the
previous CEO of DC, it has turned remarcably better and in a very short time
There always is a chance to go for a W123, but not many accept the lack of
convenience functions, the power, the engine efficiency etc. etc.
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