2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test


2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: Not Impressed With the iPod Connector

January 08, 2008

One of the more promising options in our new C-Class is the dedicated iPod connector. It resides in the glove box, and once you're connected it's like having your little music machine right at your finger tips. At least that's what I thought. Turns out it works a little differently. For one, after I plugged in my beat down iPod mini, it took me awhile to figure out how to set the stereo to 'aux'. You think it would be under the mode menu, but it's buried somewhere in 'setup' or something like that.

Once connected, I got a three-pointed star on my iPod screen, but nothing on the main audio screen. I was expecting a full menu of all my music, but instead it just says auxiliary. Switching songs isn't done with the dashboard controls either, you have to use the steering wheel buttons.

And even then you don't have full control, merely the ability to go up and down from one song to the next, not exactly the kind of functionality I was expecting with a dedicated connector. On the positive side, it does list the song titles on the speedometer screen and the volume is louder than using a simple mini jack port. I'll keep at it to see if I can unlock some additional features. And yes, I read the manual and it wasn't much help.

Ed Hellwig, Edmunds.com, Senior Editor @ 4,688 miles

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