Floormats and Wood gear selector:The car did not have floormats, so I ordered them through my local dealer. Since the leather gear knob was in such bad shape... Show more, I decided to upgrade to the burlwood version with the Mercedes logo inlaid into the top. You can also see I replaced the stereo - This will be covered in the next page. Show Less
Interior: The interior of the car is still in fantastic shape after 14 years. In this picture you can see the dead pedal to the far left is missing. It was s... Show morehatterd into a bunch of pieces, so I ordered a new one.Still had the original Becker cassette stereo. Works great, except most of the backlighting is burned out. The bulbs are not user-replaceable.The wood is in great shape throughout. There are a few hairline cracks here and there, but still looks better than most I've seen.Leather shift knob is in sad shape - very scuffed.Still have the original rear footrests.The 560's have 4-place power and heated seats. These are the controls for rear window, rear power seat and rear heated seat. Show Less
After a month of daily driving with no CD player, I had had it. I decided to upgrade the head unit and wanted something that wasn't too flashy (jumping d... Show moreolphins/tons of different colors.) I wanted a unit that would be somewhat subtle for the interior of the car and wouldn't clash too much. I finally decided on this Eclipse unit because the lighting is primarily white and it has a Memory Stick reader as well. I use Sony products exclusively, so this fits me well. It also plays MP3's, so I can fit about 150 songs on a single CD - no need for a changer! I left the stock speakers in place and will decide to upgrade them or not later. They had to run new speaker wire to all speakers to bypass the factory amps and fader in the center console.
I've been spoiled to keyless entry for as long as I can remember, so this car was a little frustrating having to use the key in the door. The car came with a factory security system that was adequate, but the lack of keyless entry just wouldn't cut it. I decided to spend some cash on a new security system to protect the car better and to gain remote access.
I found a local shop that had a Mercedes specialist on staff. The kid has amazing knowledge of this vintage car and did a fantastic installation. I'm picky about drilling holes in my cars, so he came up with a clever solution for the red LED warning light - put it between the roof and headliner just above the rearview mirror facing the front of the car. No holes required. Here's a few night shots of that LED - it may be hard to see:
I also had the windows tinted at the same time. Unfortunately, this car has to sit outside about half the time, so I wanted to protect the interior as best as possible. I also bought a high quality front window sunshade to protect the dash and interior from sun damage through the windshield.
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