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Requesting / Need Assistance.

Greetings to all.

I am a newbie to this forum and I am seeking assistance with my 2004 SLK 320.

The vehicle as mentioned above is a 2004 SLK 320, which is primarily stock, including the radio which is why I am here.

Can anyone advise as to where I can find a radio which is XM Satellite radio ready, and iPod capable?

Or if this is not possible then maybe someone can suggest what I can do to the existing radio to make it compatible with the above.

Thanks in advance.
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Welcome from New Hampshire, sorry can't help with the radio
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Should be a easy swap from factory to aftermarket. Most medium priced, $200 or less aftermarket (all brands) radios have provisions for adding the satellite module and a connector for playing and controlling a iPod through the radio. Check Best Buy or any audio shop for suggestions. Most audio shops charge a premium for a simple radio install that most can do, or with the help of someone knowledgeable. Nothing better than doing it yourself DIY, especially when it works.
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Not trying to change factory radio.
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Not trying to change factory radio.
I don't think there's an easy or cost effective way to do it with the stock radio - much easier to add an aftermarket head, and lots of great posts here on how to accomplish that!



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Hi nypanama, a warm welcome from Southern Arizona. Congrats on the new car. I had the same issue with my '91 Vette which would have been very expensive to retrofit so replaced the entire stereo (more power, better sound, XM, and Ipod standard). Good luck with your search and decision. Enjoy the people, the forum, and top down cruisin'.

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BEst buy. ebay, and right on XMs website sells XM radios that fit into the radio for only about $50

Shop SiriusXM Satellite Radio - Radios

Some of these radios attach to your factory antenna input, so an antenna adapter will be necessary if they dont come with the kit. Others however have a built in antenna to play through your radio via a channel you select. this is what I used to use, and unlike the cigarette lighter ones, these work a lot better.


Then for the Ipod adapter, you can go the same route. Ebay, best buy, etc. has loads of adapters that will play through your stock radio via. FM radio transmitters. These are OK if you live in the country, but if you travel or liev in a city... well.. haha. However, there are some manufacturers that will play by actually using the electric power source as an antenna to transmit impressive quality. One even broadcasts artist information.

One step up is an FM modulator, which will connect to the antenna adapter to your stereo, but like the XM will require adapters.

The best way however is probably to go with a product by PAC audio. You pay for it, but it actually connects to thye aux input for the CD player your car already uses, and actually runs through the factory fiber optic system... You pay for it however:

Pac-Audio.com Product Search | iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future

If I can think of that other one, I'll tell you, but it runs closer to $100.

And of course the cheapest option with the best quality is to decide to upgrade your stereo to an aftermarket unit. For around $100 from clarion you can get a bluetooth phone, Ipod controller, XM radio playing, HD radio playing stereo of mediocre quality.... but then again clarion of today is not the clarion we grew up loving.
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