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Old 10-30-2008, 11:24 PM
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Can this void any warranties?
Installation and connection of the camera certainly will not but any related damage you do will be your problem.

When mucking about behind the MM, be particularly careful with the dual orange leads plugged into the left side. These are the fiber-optic connection to the network and can be damaged by bending them excessively. The glass can shatter back from the hidden break which will require replacement back to the next connecting point and is bound to be VERY expensive.
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Can or will the dealer install the camera for me? how long did it take you guys to install the camera and everything? so i kinda know how long to expect from the dealer. and also if not the dealer would a place like Cartoys be a good alternative?
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:12 AM
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ya what is the cheapest professional install option... not worth the time and risk for me to screw up my car, but would love to get this mod done...
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:51 AM
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UK Camera Install

Backup Camera UK
I have fitted the Back up camera to my 2008 C220 CDI Sport , so I thought Id let anyone else in the UK know the parts I sourced

Camera Kenwood CCD-200 www.dynamicsounds.co.uk 96.94

5m Composite Video/Digital Audio Coax Phono Cable Lead
GOLD RCA Phono Coupler Join AV Composite Sound Cable
Both from http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/kenable_ltd
Cost for both items 6.06
Fakra Female to DIN Female Aerial Adaptor 6.94
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/In-Car-Mart-Ltd

Female RCA connector from Maplin 1.20

Total cost 111.14

I chose to fit the camera in the centre location and ran the cable through the drivers side headlining, the Camera control unit is tie wrapped in the fuse comaprment in the boot .
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:01 PM
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Help,please.

I am at the first step of installation.

Removed central unit, connected cable to the green connector at the back.

Now , I am trying to activate the rearview camera in Comand unit. First of all, I don't have it in menu at the same place. I have to scroll 2 pages to find option for a rearview camera, but then I can't just simply change it to installed. It gives me 3 options:

SRVC
DRVM
DRVM-PSC

I've tried all of them and then put in the reverse and I am not getting black screen with "check all surrounding" like in initial post.

I have C63 W204. Anyone please help?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8FLdPyUr_k

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Old 08-16-2009, 04:08 PM
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Found how to activate rearview camera! From this source. Also has handy instructions of how to remove factory unit. http://www.navtv.com/manuals/W204/W204MUSB.pdf

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Old 08-16-2009, 04:25 PM
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thanks for getting that info. I know the command system has gone through a couple changes recently. I cant wait to get my backup camera set up. How did you end up hidding the wires. some have put it through the headliners, but I dont even know where to begin with that!
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:32 PM
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No problem

I don't ave my camera yet, still in the mail. But I am going to run wires on the passenger side at the bottom.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:06 AM
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:55 AM
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:16 PM
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I wish I had seen this before dropping 600 euros on an aftermarket park distance! Can you still do this once the parking assistance is installed?
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:43 PM
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I wish I had seen this before dropping 600 euros on an aftermarket park distance! Can you still do this once the parking assistance is installed?
Don't see why not.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:18 AM
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How much will the dealer charge to install on an 08 or 09 now that it's available on the 2010 models?
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:57 AM
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How much will the dealer charge to install on an 08 or 09 now that it's available on the 2010 models?
Way to much, I think I read a qoute of the camera alone being $400.00 and it is the same as the Kenwood. Add cables and labor I would hazard between $800.00 and $1000.00. Do it as a DIY it isn't hard.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:28 AM
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I'm going to call Crutchfield later when they are open about this, but I have found they have a wireless transmitter that might add $60 to the price tag, but will eliminate the hassle of wiring anything between your dash and rear bumper. If anyone uses this let me know how it goes, but I'm still researching.
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Originally Posted by Peabody View Post
I'm going to call Crutchfield later when they are open about this, but I have found they have a wireless transmitter that might add $60 to the price tag, but will eliminate the hassle of wiring anything between your dash and rear bumper. If anyone uses this let me know how it goes, but I'm still researching.
That would make the install even easier. I found the hardest part was running the video lead.
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Old 09-14-2009, 04:06 PM
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what type of tool do you need to pull out the ac vents?

where do you get a "right angle tool?

how do you pull off the upper door molding without ripping it?

thanks

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Old 09-14-2009, 04:14 PM
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Cut all the intro crap, I will just get into the steps.

1.Things to buy
- camera. lol I bought Kenwood CCD-2000 from ebay for $150.
- RCA extension cable. 6ft should be good enough. $10
- 2002 and up REVERSE VW/BMW antenna adapter (EURO A107) $15
(make sure you get REVERSE adapter)
- RCA female plug only (bought it from CircuitCity) $5


2. Before you do anything, enable Back up camera option on HU.

if you got this part working, then proceed to next step.


3. Make AUX input cable that fits back of HU.
- cut one side of antenna adapter


- closer look


- Solder the wire and RCA plug.


- from Back of HU, connect it to the green plug.


From this point, there isn't much to tell you.
There are 2 GREAT posts on how to install the camera.
https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/262634-diy-rear-camera-install-w-pics-centered-location.html
and
https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/254208-diy-i-ve-unleashed-cyclops.html

Jus pick the one you like and follow their step.
I went with 'Rick Hunter's way. I didn't like to feed RCA extension cable through headliner. But it's personal preferance anyways.

Mine works like charm.
why not feed through the headliner? is it much riskier pulling up the headliner than lifting up all the sills??

this is the one part of installation i need help on and more details or i prob will screw up the interior most likely
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:21 PM
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i found that door sill is much easier to work with, also less chance to wrack compare to headliner.
as for door sill, just pull it straight up and it just pops out.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:22 PM
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what type of tool do you need to pull out the ac vents?

where do you get a "right angle tool?

how do you pull off the upper door molding without ripping it?

thanks

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i used flat-head screw driver taped with black electric tape, to prevent scratch, to pull the vent out.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by white46 View Post
i found that door sill is much easier to work with, also less chance to wrack compare to headliner.
as for door sill, just pull it straight up and it just pops out.
if u run the wire thru headliner, problem will occured....because it may caught between the curtain airbag!

Thx for the write up, i am going to try to install the camera in next couple days....btw about the VW/BMW Antenna adaptor...is it eu-40?
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I am not sure what eu-40 is but, you can just purchase this which is pre-maid with RCA output. Just easier solution.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Radioa-Extension...item3a53d33a84
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Will this installation work on a car with audio 20? That is, if you don't have the command option installed, will this work?
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Will this installation work on a car with audio 20? That is, if you don't have the command option installed, will this work?
Nope.
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You guys are making this look too easy, I gave in and started ordering my parts today....
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