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jayband 08-31-2014 02:55 PM

W205 Illuminated Star DIY
 
Provide a DIY guid for installing illuminated star in your W205. This guide is for car without the Driver Assistance Package (Distronic Plus) Code 997 option.

Let me know if you have any questions.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...dd4d1c0a90.jpg

LED illuminated star


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...6c1cbd7231.jpg


wire harness assembly


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...071c02adf5.jpg


Remove the star counter clockwise from the grill


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...c31e5d2b41.jpg


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...9fc72f211a.jpg


Locate your engine fuse box in you driver side


https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...81e3f676f7.jpg


Remove the plastic cover and expose the fusebox


https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...de953c4e66.jpg


Use a Torx screwdriver and remove the 2 screws and remove the top cover. Use a pry tool to carefully pry back side of the fuse/relay module


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...20c96d0fcf.jpg


Life up the edge of the fuse/relay module. There is sufficient wire underneath so you can pull the entire module out and set it aside.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...33f181a8a2.jpg


-Mark center of the top side edge and place another marker 1 inch down. Drill a 3/4" hole<br/><br/>-Route your red wire that comes with the kit through hole in grommet


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...30d99a968f.jpg


In the back of the fuse/relay module, locate the S8 connector and connect the red wire to position 8 of the connector


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...0c53ca79ea.jpg


Reinstall the fuse/relay module back to the box and install a 5A fuse into position F123 (B)


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...ed0fbef574.jpg


Remove plastic rivets (1) that secure the radiator support panel


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...9c3b07bb15.jpg


Remove plastic rivets (2)


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...4de2972039.jpg


Remove plastic rivets (3)


https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...4e274719e6.jpg


-Route the cable towards to the center of the radiator<br/><br/>-Route the ground cable towards to the passenger side


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...ff0a141400.jpg


Connect ground wire to ground terminal (passenger side)


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...172cffb3d9.jpg


Connect the star wiring harness

Reassemble in reverse order.

vic viper 08-31-2014 03:33 PM

And this connection will lit the star when?

jayband 08-31-2014 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by vic viper (Post 6153649)
And this connection will lit the star when?

That's correct, will post the result picture when it's dark....

djejglk 08-31-2014 05:52 PM

Is it always on, or only upon approach and/or unlocking? Or does it come on and stay on while driving when the headlights come on (at night)?

joshg1001 08-31-2014 05:57 PM

I think Vic is asking when the star actually turns on. Is it on all the time? with headlights? etc. If its just to the fuse box, its probably always on...

Thanks for the detailed pics. Funny, its so easy to remove the front star just by turning it counter clockwise. Hope there isn't too much theft. lol

NYC-Style 08-31-2014 06:28 PM

First of all very good instructions... My understanding is that it'll illuminate as long as the headlights are on. Although MBUSA showed it as an accessory that's available to be ordered...it wasn't listed during the ordering/build of my car at the dealership...so I'll also have to add it afterwards as well...

cleankutazn 08-31-2014 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by joshg1001 (Post 6153731)
I think Vic is asking when the star actually turns on. Is it on all the time? with headlights? etc. If its just to the fuse box, its probably always on...

Thanks for the detailed pics. Funny, its so easy to remove the front star just by turning it counter clockwise. Hope there isn't too much theft. lol

Looks like lots of people will come back to their cars and say :wtf:, where is my star :wall:

utsenmo 08-31-2014 06:39 PM

:naughty:now.....what colours does it come in with?

Latinnftl 08-31-2014 10:37 PM


Originally Posted by NYC-Style (Post 6153755)
First of all very good instructions... My understanding is that it'll illuminate as long as the headlights are on. Although MBUSA showed it as an accessory that's available to be ordered...it wasn't listed during the ordering/build of my car at the dealership...so I'll also have to add it afterwards as well...

Has anyone been able to order it during their build?

joshg1001 08-31-2014 11:09 PM

Im pretty sure the illuminate star is dealer installed, not from factory

jayband 08-31-2014 11:18 PM

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...2a81236052.jpg

Welcome lights (engine off), star does not illuminated. (as long as engine is off, no matter what light setting you do, star will not illuminated


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...5a58c5c5c7.jpg

Engine on, star lights up!!


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbw...d1963ee9f0.jpg

Light switch in "Auto" position, star on...

vic viper 09-01-2014 12:12 AM

Would be nicer if the star followed the DRL.s, this way it would lit up as soon as the car is unlocked in dark conditions.

utsenmo 09-01-2014 12:12 AM

looks good, could you confirm if the star stays on when you take off?

we should sticky this thread.

like +1

jayband 09-01-2014 12:19 AM


Originally Posted by utsenmo (Post 6153942)
looks good, could you confirm if the star stays on when you take off?

we should sticky this thread.

like +1

Drove around and see the reflection from the front and definitely stays on.

NYC-Style 09-01-2014 01:24 AM


Originally Posted by joshg1001 (Post 6153909)
Im pretty sure the illuminate star is dealer installed, not from factory


You're probably right...although with the CLA you could order and it came delivered with the illuminated star. MBUSA should put a footnote which indicates that it's dealer installed...or the salesman should know that. He did say it could be installed at the dealer...but didn't know why he couldn't order it into the build.:nix:

jayband 09-01-2014 01:35 AM

Dealer is charging arm and leg like $500-600 to install....

vic viper 09-01-2014 02:26 AM

If a dealer is going to install they most likely will also install the control unit included in the retrofit set.
There are two different control units, one with the traditional lighting pattern an one with "always on", the latter is only available for the US market.

cleankutazn 09-01-2014 02:48 AM

We will see this on hondas and toyotas soon.

jayband 09-01-2014 09:32 AM


Originally Posted by vic viper (Post 6153999)
If a dealer is going to install they most likely will also install the control unit included in the retrofit set.
There are two different control units, one with the traditional lighting pattern an one with "always on", the latter is only available for the US market.

How is the traditional lighting pattern different than the always on? What features do you have?

vic viper 09-01-2014 10:08 AM

The initial light patten and the only one available over here, is that the star lights up when the car is unlocked during dark ambient conditons, but when driving the star is dark.


The "always on" control unit only works in a non ECE spec vehicle.

jayband 09-01-2014 10:11 AM


Originally Posted by vic viper (Post 6154144)
The initial light patten and the only one available over here, is that the star lights up when the car is unlocked during dark ambient conditons, but when driving the star is dark.


The "always on" control unit only works in a non ECE spec vehicle.

Is there a reason the star is not on when driving? European law?

jayband 09-01-2014 10:21 AM

After doing so googling, interesting to find out there are 2 kits from Mercedes. One as "vic viper" said it will:

- After unlocking with the key; the Star will be illuminated for 40 seconds
- If any door is opened, the Star will stay illuminated for total of 5 minutes
- If doors are closed, the Star turns off
- If vehicle is started, the Star turns off
- After driving and parking, the Star will be illuminated for 60 seconds after the engine is switched off

The other kit will only turn on following the eye brow LED and low/high beam when engine is on.

Not sure if W205 even has the 1st kit available (seems like the 1st kit is considered as 1st generation in the CLA classes etc), I have yet to seen ppl mentioned the 1st kit installed in the W205.

vic viper, do you have experience on the 1st kit only in the W205? I saw yours in W204

n3cr1d 10-10-2014 05:06 PM

Does anyone know where can i buy the illuminated star? w205
Not the "always on".

This one:
- After unlocking with the key; the Star will be illuminated for 40 seconds
- If any door is opened, the Star will stay illuminated for total of 5 minutes
- If doors are closed, the Star turns off
- If vehicle is started, the Star turns off
- After driving and parking, the Star will be illuminated for 60 seconds after the engine is switched off.


thanks!

jkyriakou 10-10-2014 05:24 PM

Can this mod be done with a distribution plus option?

joshg1001 10-10-2014 08:05 PM

On the MBUSA website, the disclaimer for the illuminated start states "not available with driver assistance package or luxury package"


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