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Old 05-28-2019, 09:52 PM   #31
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Ordered the 10.5" MBUX in our passenger van that will be built on July 30. I went with it mostly for the 360 degree camera view when parking at loading docks and Google Maps right on the dash. CarPlay is a great bonus. Since very few 2019s are at dealers, especially ones with MBUX, I have yet to hear the audio system.
It's a little underwhelming....but the 360 and maps are worth it. If only they could get thier MB Pro Connect working right....my dealer is still trying to figure it out and it's been 2 weeks....

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Old 05-29-2019, 03:08 AM   #32
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Ordered the 10.5" MBUX...
I would have loved the 10.5" display and 360º camera but didn't want to wait so I settled for the 7" display.

Am I stuck with the Mercedes navigation system or can Android or Apple navigation be displayed on the 7" screen?
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:27 AM   #33
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I would have loved the 10.5" display and 360º camera but didn't want to wait so I settled for the 7" display.



Am I stuck with the Mercedes navigation system or can Android or Apple navigation be displayed on the 7" screen?
You can use Android auto or carplay for navigate. Inise MB Nav and Android Auto for everything else.

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Old 06-10-2019, 01:25 AM   #34
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Purchased a 2019 with the 10" MBUX in it. Largely as I didn't think the backup camera in the rear view mirror was remotely up to the job. I would have probably been happy with the 7" but this one is just substantially easier to see and looks a heck of a lot more classy.

PROS:
Back up camera you can actually see with the sensors to the left of the camera image. This was important to me. Nav is OK. phone is ok.
I have all the buttons on my wheel and I'm using them. The volume control on the van is pretty far away so the volume control on the steering wheel is getting a lot of usage.

When you get the 10" MBUX you also get a little screen in the center between the speedo and rpm guage. More menus here. This is the "minime" screen to me.

Looks great.

CONS:

I can't believe this but there is no button to SKIP to the next song anywhere. REALLY? OK there is one in the media screen but if you are listening to music from an app (say pandora or spotify) and you have the nav running and you want to skip the song. nothing. nothing on the wheel and nothing on the screen. you have to leave the nav screen to skip. Lame.

"hey mercedes" is really "mercedes" so it comes on way more than it should. I'm likely to turn it off pretty quickly.

Apple Car play only works if the phone is plugged into the special port that is the left of the three in the dashboard top cubbie. This has me running a lame cable over the top of my dashboard to make it work. Really? Carplay works on bluetooth, but i'm guessing that might have cost MB more to activate so they cut the corners here. This is super annoying as you have to connect to the one port on top of the dash.

All the other stuff in the MBUX is just stuff. the menus and configurations are super light. Not a ton of options. Nothing of substance.

My van apparently has a wifi hotspot. But I can't figure out how to access it. Its "enabled" in the menu but it doesn't show up in any devices.

MINIME SCREEN PROS
There is one.
It has lots of view you can select from (but none that are any good)


MINIME SCREEN CONS
The minime screen in the center of the gauges is super annoying as it is somehow set to tell me how much oil I have every-time I start the van. I have to make it go away on every start which just annoys me. I have tons of oil. Maybe this is good for fleet vehicles but i wish i could find a way to disable this.

There are tons of different views you can select from but none of the items I want to see are on one screen. There is even some dumb economy game you can play each time you drive to try and drive more "gently" and earn points.

I would love to just see 2 things. The speed and how many miles are remaining in fuel. Surprisingly the remaining fuel is only available on one screen and the other stuff that comes with that view I dont care for.


BOTTOM LINE:
For years people have just "dealt with it" when it comes to the MB nav systems and used their phones. Yep. Still the same, just looks cooler next to your phone.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:53 PM   #35
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I believe you will have to get the hot spot activated through AT&T from what I once read. The show oil at start up is actually an option from build. Who ever keyed in the van order selected this. Probably intended for fleet service like you stated. Would ask MB Service Department if this can be turned off through the CAN network.

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Old 06-11-2019, 01:30 AM   #36
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Apple Car play only works if the phone is plugged into the special port that is the left of the three in the dashboard top cubbie. This has me running a lame cable over the top of my dashboard to make it work. Really? Carplay works on bluetooth, but i'm guessing that might have cost MB more to activate so they cut the corners here. This is super annoying as you have to connect to the one port on top of the dash.
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Not only do you have to use that one USB port, but if you have the dash storage cover (which came with an option package), you put your phone inside a small, nearly air-sealed, black box on the dash in full sunshine.

As soon as the sun came out today, my phone overheated and carplay announced that the iPhone can’t be used until it cools down. First road trip, first good laugh!

It is also pretty clear that MB was being honest when they said carplay functionality would be late, arriving well after vans started shipping. Hopefully an update will come this summer.

MB makes good cargo vans, some of the best taxis in Europe, but they are not above average in car stereos. I forgot, apparently they make fashionable cars too.
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