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I am desperately looking for a cd changer for my 93 300E and having very little luck. I contacted Mercedes and they said that the changer for the 94 will work, but cd changer tech people say different. I know there was a change made from 93 to 94 and there are tons of changers available for the 94-99. Does anyone have any advice, input, or answers???? I found a 25 pin connector in the trunk, but I'm not sure if that's for the cd player or for a phone!!!!! I need help!!!!!!!!!

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1993 to 1998 MB radio - Alpine CHM-S630 - 6 Disc
Note: Your standard radio must be Becker (Exclusive,Exquisit or Special). If unsure please contact us.

THIS PACKAGE IS FOR USE IF YOUR CAR HAS A PRE INSTALLED LEAD ONLY

This package consists of the Alpine CHM-S630 6 Disc CD Changer and the MER01ALP interface lead, that will enable the CD Changer to work with your existing radio.


http://www.add-a-cdchanger.co.uk/acatalog/SHOP_Home_Page_All_Mercedes__1993_1998__312.html

Christopher, I remeber years ago that Alpine made and still has a CD player CHM-S630 for your 300E, and it took an interface lead, and its probably still available. Take a look at the above site, for the info, and then just do a web search for the equipment, or go to a good car audio store. Also in the Star there is SW Stereo who sells Becker.

Good luck, Tim

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Try the Walter Odemer Co in Burbank CA. 818 846-2819. They're an official Becker facility.

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If you are interested, I have a Becker 10-CD changer made for the 91-93 cars, and the instructions, cables and bracket needed to install it. I had it in a 1992 300D 2.5. I bought it used, then had it overhauled by Becker, and used it about a year. I had been waiting to install it in a future W124 car but might never do so, so might sell it at the right price. The Becker unit operated very well for me after it was overhauled, and I found it was very resistant to bumps.
Contact me directly at for details if you are interested..

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I have a 93 300E 2.8 with what I gather to be the Becker Grand Prix (2-part) radio - the part in the dash has the 10 radio preset buttons, but the radio users manual only mentions the 6-disc changer. I'm interested in installing a CD changer, so: 2 questions:

1. are you saying that either the 6 or 10 disc changer will work?

2. where (specifically) in the trunk will I find the wiring? The 2-part radio has a second part in the trunk, and it also has an amplifier (I think for the woofers), both mounted on the passenger side of the trunk. The manual on CD I have shows only one or the other -- is it possible that the wiring for the CD changer is already being used for the woofer? I have looked under the rear-window shelf and inside the well behind the passenger side rear wheel, but haven't seen anything. Is the pre-installed wiring just a 4-pin power cable, or should I find a multi-pin "data" cable as well?

Ok, technically more than just 2 questions, but everything in the second part is kind of related!

Thanks!

-Larry

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Yes, according to the literature I have, either the Becker 10-disk or the Alpine 6-disk CD changer will work. The mounting of the 2 changers is in the same location (the well on the right side of the trunk floor) but the brackets are different. The cable setup also differs. The Alpine unit requires an additional interface box that "translates" the Becker signals to the Alpine format or something. Since the Becker units are no longer available new, you may find it easier to get a 6-CD unit. (Note: I say "Alpine" for the 6-CD changer because that is what the MB literature says, but I know that Becker advertises that they can supply a 6-CD changer for this unit, as well.)
The connections are on the radio unit. What happens when you install a CD changer is that you unplug two cables that are now connected to the radio chassis, and connect those cables to the additional cable set that connects to the CD changer. Then two other new cables connect back to the radio. In effect, you add the CD changer in series, between the radio head unit and the chassis in the trunk. So when you look at the radio now, you will not see any extra plugs or cables. The plugs for the CD changer are already in use. The connections to the additional amps and speakers you mentioned are not involved or affected in any way.

The instructions to do this are pretty clear in the MB installation instructions, which I can send you if you do not get them elsewhere.
By the way, I no longer have the Becker CD changer I mentioned in my earlier post; it has been sold.

David B

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My 2c worth...

I installed a Pioneer CD changer with FM modulation, that plays through the FM tuner. Very simple installation, and sound quality seems fine to me. Audiophiles might not agree, though.

It was installed under the rear seat of my TE which makes it easy to reach and change cartridges. Unfortunately this would not work for a sedan, so you might have to settle for the standard location under the package shelf, between the headrest mechanisms.

It's not a difficult job if you choose to do it yourself, figure 2 hours or less, you can get a power lead from the vacuum motor under the rear seat and the signal could be routed to the antenna interface in the trunk. Total cost under $200.

Good luck!

Vivian

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I had an Alpine CHM-5620 (6 CD) installed including the adaptor for the radio system for about $325. My car is a six button Becker in a 94 S-350. The retailer said that Alpine made the MB CD players. Mine was mounted in the trunk under the rear deck. Its a good spot for me but may not work on an E class. It only takes a short while for the retailer to do it and I would recommend they do it as they will make sure the adapter piece is correct.

The CD player operates in the same manner as the factory model. Through the applicable buttons on the radio plate.

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Wow, are you sure of the price you paid? Does that include the changer, bracket, cables, and labor? I don't mean to doubt you, but I am surprised it would be that reasonable. That is a good deal. I think it would be more in the '93 car, because it is the same setup as the 1992 I have. Leaving aside the CD changer itself, a bracket to mount the changer was reportedly $85 from an after-market place according to another post (the dealer did not have them when I checked a few years ago), and I know the cable cost more than $100 for the Alpine unit.
If the reader can get a suitable CD changer and wants to tackle the job, I have a bracket, cable, and cover for the Becker. I suspect the bracket won't be suitable for the Alpine. The cable needs one additional piece when used with the Alpine (used as is for the Becker).

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This was two years ago and during a sale of Alpine units. The exact total was $384 including the CD unit, mounting bracket, adapter, install and tax.

I personally preferred a new unit rather than going with a used one for the warranty etc.

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