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Xenon headlights vs Navigation on 2013 Mercedes C300

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Xenon headlights vs Navigation on 2013 Mercedes C300

So I'm currently looking at a Mercedes C300 with 61000 km on it with a price of 21000$. The dealership has two models of the car, both nearly identical. The only difference is that one comes with in-board navigation, and the other has Xenon headlights. I'm not sure which to get, since I really want navigation but I know that updating the GPS is gonna cost a fortune at Mercedes. I just want to know which one you would pick and why. Also, would it be possible to install Xenon headlights at a later date if I do take the one with navigation? How much would Mercedes charge me, and how much would it cost to do it myself?
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I would go with the bixenon one. Given, it would have costs you lots of inconvenience to retrofit from halogen to bixenon.
for the aftermarket maps, so many low cost alternatives out there which would cost like a couple hundreds $.
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xenon no point on using factory nav when you have waze lol ...
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By aftermarket maps, do you mean getting a stand-alone GPS? Like a Garmin or something?
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Just keep looking until you find one with both. Buying a higher end car without either one is kind of silly IMO.
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Go with the lights. For maps, I just use google maps on a phone holder in the vents. Plus if you drive probably don't need a map in the city.
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Couldn't I install LED lights later on by myself? I just watched a video of it being done and doesn't seem to difficult either. This is my first car, so I'm kinda on a budget tbh, so finding a car with both the nav and the xenon headlights may prove to be very difficult.
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ed116 wrote: xenon no point on using factory nav when you have waze lol ...
+1, build in Nav sucks, use Waze. Xenons are awesome.
EehamK247411 wrote: Couldn't I install LED lights later on by myself? I just watched a video of it being done and doesn't seem to difficult either. This is my first car, so I'm kinda on a budget tbh, so finding a car with both the nav and the xenon headlights may prove to be very difficult.
Putting HID or LEDs into reflector housings will look like garbage and everyone will hate you from the glare.
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EehamK247411 wrote: Couldn't I install LED lights later on by myself? I just watched a video of it being done and doesn't seem to difficult either. This is my first car, so I'm kinda on a budget tbh, so finding a car with both the nav and the xenon headlights may prove to be very difficult.
I would say get the xenon lights package, because I have a 2013 C300 myself and got the one with Navi..and honestly have never used the navigation function in my car EVER! To update the maps MB wants $250 plus taxes (forget that!) To install Xenon lights after purchase of car your looking at at least $800 per headlight. So I'm stuck with a useless Navi and regular halogen lights (but thinking about changing the light bulbs to white/blue to make it look classier..lol)
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Forget factory NAV.
Shit is useless after the first year, as new updates cost the same as a standalone unit; that has free lifetime maps!
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Get the bi-xenons! A recent Mercedes with just halogen lights is just wrong, when even the Corolla has standard LED lights.
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EehamK247411 wrote: Couldn't I install LED lights later on by myself? I just watched a video of it being done and doesn't seem to difficult either...

Those aftermarket drop in LED kits are horrible. They overheat and the lights go very faint (too hot). Not cool when driving in the country on a dark night
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My daily driver has no Navi with HID. Once a year, I need nav but I make due. I wish I had bought it for $4k 15 years back for the looks.

Other car has both Navi and LED. Haven't use the Navi yet since I bought it year ago but LED looks great, must have imo.

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