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Old 02-28-2019, 11:09 AM
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Need radio advice.

Have a r230 (sl55) 2003. I bought a Secane radio. The radio did not work well from day one , they sent part I replace and now zero reception, I have option to ship back for replacement to China at a cost of 80.00
Or should I just give up do charge back and buy something else .
I have to make decision. I do need am/fm reception I am in NY it is very important.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:30 PM
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You can always just get an aftermarket head unit. You will probably need a custom surround plus replace the Bose amp with a 5 channel amp. You're looking at around $2k for that work.

My question is why do you need FM reception? Is FM reception that important in your life that you can't be without it?
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:47 PM
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We like to listen to live radio rather than recordings , also we listen to talk radio AM.
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:02 PM
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I'm here with my 2003 SL55 AMG, the latest edition to the fleet
You're the first I've read of that has issues with the Seicane. I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'd refuse to pay shipping back if something were wrong.
But no reception? That sounds like it could be an installation error. You've gone back thru it and double checked?
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:39 PM
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Secane have the worst track record , you can do a search on it in the forums. I finally got around to removing it to ship back they are saying it is past return peroiod. I have had this crap for less than a year . The only use it has is if you tether your phone and use data for streaming youtube. BTW every time you turn off the car you need to turn off wifi and turn back on for it to connect to hotspot.
Anyway I gave them until today to reconsider. after that I and doing a charge back with credit card. and file a claim with alliexpress.
Wasted almost a year and a obscene amount of time for nothing.
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Secane have the worst track record , you can do a search on it in the forums. I finally got around to removing it to ship back they are saying it is past return peroiod. I have had this crap for less than a year . The only use it has is if you tether your phone and use data for streaming youtube. BTW every time you turn off the car you need to turn off wifi and turn back on for it to connect to hotspot.
Anyway I gave them until today to reconsider. after that I and doing a charge back with credit card. and file a claim with alliexpress.
Wasted almost a year and a obscene amount of time for nothing.
Wow... I'll have to search more. I hadn't seen the negative reviews.
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Join Date: Aug 2014Posts: 12Thanks: 0Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts2012 ML-350Did you ever get this resolved? I just purchased one from CarNaviPlayer and i'm dealing with the same issue. I purchased a booster... helped a little bit but connecting the power wire had absolutely no effect... so i had a second one sent. Same thing. Was thinking about getting an external antenna to tuck inside instead of using the windshield antenna.... Well, i tried an external antenna and it was worse than the booster on the stock antenna. I've run out of ideas.Last edited by vnova94; 09-30-2018 at 06:56 PM. Quote Multi Quote Quick Reply Thanks 10-08-2018, 11:02 PM #19 Ed954Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2016Location: Miami, FLPosts: 286Thanks: 8Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts2007 SL65 AMG; 2007 ML63 AMGWe just gave up on ours in ml63. All these Android units are crap. We had Avin one and there isis reception whatsoever, support won't give us a code for the radio. Google auto is not compatible. Constant glitches... Next time only branded units for us... Edit Quote Multi Quote Quick Reply 09-29-2018, 12:31 PM #18 vnova94Newbie
Join Date: Aug 2014Posts: 12Thanks: 0Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts2012 ML-350Did you ever get this resolved? I just purchased one from CarNaviPlayer and i'm dealing with the same issue. I purchased a booster... helped a little bit but connecting the power wire had absolutely no effect... so i had a second one sent. Same thing. Was thinking about getting an external antenna to tuck inside instead of using the windshield antenna.... Well, i tried an external antenna and it was worse than the booster on the stock antenna. I've run out of ideas.Last edited by vnova94; 09-30-2018 at 06:56 PM. Quote Multi Quote Quick Reply Thanks 10-08-2018, 11:02 PM #19 Ed954Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2016Location: Miami, FLPosts: 286Thanks: 8Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts2007 SL65 AMG; 2007 ML63 AMGWe just gave up on ours in ml63. All these Android units are crap. We had Avin one and there isis reception whatsoever, support won't give us a code for the radio. Google auto is not compatible. Constant glitches... Next time only branded units for us...
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:36 PM
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I've read the threads you just quoted. That's a few people with problems. I'm going to dig a little deeper before I really make my mind. And while I'm a DIY guy, I may put this on a shop to install and figure out if I don't see what I want.
That reception issue is a tough one though. Only someone with some real knowledge about antennas/ power/ electronics might be able to figure that out.
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Honestly, it seems for every few people that get the android units functioning correctly many have all kinds of issues getting it to ever work if they even do. Then even when your done the sound quality is, ehhh and no one is surprised when it dies in a year.

Best bet is to go too a few independent stereo install shops and see what they quote you. You may drop 2Kish but I can tell you right now it's going to sound and work a hell of a lot better and save you a ton of time. If the shop is evening half *** good it should look very clean when completed.
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Radio

Iím planning to do a chargeback because they are not repairing it they donít want to do the repair anymore and itís been less than a year theyíve been dragging it for so long and now theyíre saying itís too late Iím just gonna call my credit card company do a chargeback and thatís it and then Iím gonna ask for advice on which radio to buy Kenwood pioneer Alpine and so forth and install it myself itís not that difficult once you do this
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Honestly, it seems for every few people that get the android units functioning correctly many have all kinds of issues getting it to ever work if they even do. Then even when your done the sound quality is, ehhh and no one is surprised when it dies in a year.

Best bet is to go too a few independent stereo install shops and see what they quote you. You may drop 2Kish but I can tell you right now it's going to sound and work a hell of a lot better and save you a ton of time. If the shop is evening half *** good it should look very clean when completed.
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RADIO ADVICE

They made my decision for me , I need to get new radio . Please give me some advice on whats good. I like android type but name brand ,instant turn on not like these where has to boot. carplay , screen cast etc etc . youtube,waze wifi.
nothing too expensive . any advise appreciated if you can pass on to other post i would appreciate. I just wan this over.


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Iím planning to do a chargeback because they are not repairing it they donít want to do the repair anymore and itís been less than a year theyíve been dragging it for so long and now theyíre saying itís too late Iím just gonna call my credit card company do a chargeback and thatís it and then Iím gonna ask for advice on which radio to buy Kenwood pioneer Alpine and so forth and install it myself itís not that difficult once you do this
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