Loose iPod Jack - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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


  • I completely agree. Manufactures should move away from manufacturer specific connections and interfaces, specially since there is now a wide range of devices that can connect via USB. I personally have never owned an Iphone or Ipod (not that I am biased against Apple, I am just used to other devices). That being said, I am not sure if these connections would put me off buying a certain vehicle, but it would make me think about it. I am glad to see that a large majority of vehicles do use the generic USB connection.

  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    no need to worry. I'm sure your local dealership will be happy to fix it correctly, promptly, and with excellent communication! oh wait...

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    zcalvert, you forget to add that their local dealership is also sure to fix it right the first time! LOL

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    I can't imagine the outrage if the Ford Focus had as many niggling issues as this car. I thought Mercs attention to detail had improved.

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