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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.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS: Hooray Mercedes Cruise Control

June 14, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS

During my recent journey to San Francisco and back in the SLS, I rediscovered Mercedes' excellent cruise control. There's no on/off switch, so just up or down to set, forward for cancel, pull to resume, down to slow and up to go faster. There are also detents you can push through in both vertical directions that increase or decrease speed by 5-mph increments. That in particular is excellent.

The system also does a great job slowing you down and keeping you at the desired speed, which is especially helpful on down grades. While other cars zoom forward into the radar traps of awaiting highway patrolmen, the SLS hangs safely back with the speedometer needle glued in place. After all, when you're driving a bright red $200,000-plus supercar Mercedes, who are the cops more likely to pull over?

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Playing Music Through the Aux Jack

May 14, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG's audio system accepts digital music files through either a 30-pin iPod jack (iPhone 4 or earlier), or a standard headphone/aux jack. Technology marches on and many of us have been upgraded to iPhone 5 with its new and controversial Lightening connector. Lacking a proper Lightening-to-30-pin adapter, the reliable Aux jack saves the day. This has its advantages and its disadvantages.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Let the Sun Shine In

May 10, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Of all the audio interfaces in our fleet, the one in our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is my favorite. It's intuitive, has great tactile response and most importantly, it doesn't become useless in the sun.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Good Parking Sensors

April 26, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AM

Unless you're parking the SLS next to a big mirror-tinted window, there's no way to judge the limits of the nose without using the parking sensors. And it's a good thing those parking sensors are as accurate as they are.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Rear-View Camera On the Floor

April 12, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

There aren't too many places to put a rear-view camera on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. As such, it's placed just above the license plate, which upon my rough measurement, is about 8 mm off the tarmac. Any lower and it would be dangling off the bumper from its wire.

As a result, the image presented on screen can be deceptive and it can be hard to see exactly how close you are to that other car's bumper seemingly 5 feet up.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Audio Review

March 15, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Most of the time I drive our long-term SLS roadster with the top down and stereo off. Really, the best music from this beast comes from under the hood and out the tailpipes. Every now and then, though, I do listen to the $6,400 Bang and Olufsen audio system.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Bang & Olufsen Illuminated Tweeters

February 6, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Our long-term 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is an expensive car. At least you have something to show for it.

Behold LED-illuminated tweeters. I kid you not.

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