2008 Mercedes-Benz C300: DIY iPod Operator's Manual
May 05, 2008
Eureka! In our last episode, our 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300's lack of an operator's manual entry on the subject of iPod use or clearly labelled buttonage had left many confounded. There just had to be more functionality from this dedicated iPod connection than we were seeing.
And indeed there is. The key to the whole thing is the small button on the right-hand side of the steering wheel with the telephone icon on it. Once you discover this little nugget, the dedicated iPod connection in the Merc goes from "This sucks!" to "Wow! This is great!" in 5.1 seconds.
Here then is our own Operator's Manual entry:
Step 1: Connect your iPod.
Step 2: Use COMAND to choose AUX as the source.
Step 3: Scroll left-right until "Audio" appears on the central speedometer display, then press "OK."
Step 4: See track info here.
Step 5: Press the telephone hang-up key under here (under my thumb) for iPod menus. The choices will temporarily override the track information in the central display.
Step 6: Press up-down to scroll through the high-level menu choices, then press OK to select. Once in play mode, this will also switch between adjacent tracks.
Once you know what the telephone hang-up button on the right-hand side of the steering wheel does, the C300 iPod connection makes a whole lot more sense.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle testing @ 7,665 miles
PS: Enough iPod already. Next we'll talk about driving the beast.