2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Loose iPod Jack

July 17, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

During a recent slog through L.A.'s awesome traffic in our Mercedes SLS AMG, my iPod kept cutting in and out. Yes, yes, I should've been listening to the pop-burble-popopop of the naturally aspirated V8, but, as we've discussed, I want music AND engine noise.

At first I figured I'd simply plugged it in wrong. I was, after all, using a 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter so that my iPhone 5 would actually play in this thing. Sure enough, when I opened the glove box I saw that the cable wasn't fully connected. I tried shoving but that was no use.

Some close internal inspection showed that the silly Mercedes plug has some bent connections that are preventing it from mounting correctly. Further proof that these silly, manufacturer-specific docking cables are stupid and that USB inputs are the way to go.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 27,350 miles

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