Bringing a new Mercedes-Benz home off the showroom floor has to be an exciting proposition. But picking up a specially ordered model with all your preferred factory options has to be even better. And why not? If I was paying 80 grand for a new car I'd want it to have all the available features my heart desired.

Problem is, over the years American buyers haven't had the same options available to them as the Europeans. It would be irritating to know that someone across the Atlantic is enjoying the automatic power-folding mirrors, voice recognition, Distronic, cornering bi-xenons, a factory two-tone interior, or paddle-shifters when you know you never could. MBenzNL realized this and took advantage of it.

Started by Steve Krabbenborg and based in the Netherlands, MBenzNL specializes in supplying original Mercedes parts and complete installation packages worldwide to 2003 and later Mercedes-Benz vehicles owned by dealerships or private parties. It makes buying a used Mercedes a whole different experience, because now you can retrofit all those previously unobtainable factory options.

After the installation, customers are tickled to see their newly acquired options register through the car's DME and VIN because they appear as if they were installed at the factory itself. Krabbenborg is able to do this with his Mercedes-Benz developer software. "There are four levels of software," he explains. "There's a dealer level, district service manager level, management level, and the developer level, which is normally unobtainable."

The software is what the factory uses to read the car's computer and make changes. With it, he can also make subtle changes, like, for example, programming version code options that make the coolant fan come on sooner for people living in hot climates, or that show how much fuel content is left on the instrument cluster, or that even turn on basic tire pressure monitoring.

MBenzNL can order virtually any factory option or upgrade and install it to optimize driving luxury. "Whatever you need, the dealership supplies," Krabbenborg says, "whereas whatever you want, we supply."

Some of the many factory options offered by MBenzNL include:Orion Gray Alcantara headliner

Distronic active cruise control that maintains a set speed and distance from other cars

Parktronic: ten total sensors to help prevent contact while parking

Skibag: a rear pass-through behind armrest; whatever extends into cabin is covered by a waterproof bag

Wood and leather steering wheel with airbag

Integrated sunshades in the rear door panels

UHI phone kit fully integrated in center armrest allowing users to clip several phone cradles

Voice recognition, available in English for verbally controlling the audio sound system

Heated and ventilated seats: Inset fans in combination with perforated leather to limit perspiration on the seats

Steering wheel with paddle shifters

Dynamic driver and passenger seats featuring inflatable airbags in backrest for back-massaging and active lateral bolsters to improve support during cornering

Heated steering wheel for use in colder climates

Tire pressure monitoring: four antennas read wheel sensors to display real-time pressures in instrument cluster

Steel carter protection plate: 2mm-thick steel plate to prevent oil pan damage from road debris

Power folding side mirrors: Mirrors fold by the press of a button or by locking the car

Command navigation with DVD playback, supports navigation and Euro command DVD playback, Mercedes TV Tuner and center rear monitor

Harmon Kardon Premium sound system

Power rear sunshade

Fold-away trailer hitch: Uses European ball size

Headlamps washers

Bi-xenon headlamps

Active cornering bi-xenon headlamps, move left or right when the steering wheel is turned

Passive cornering foglamps: appropriate light will come on when taking a slow-speed turn in the dark

Fire extinguisher, located in the stowage compartment of the driver-side seat

19-inch AMG wheels

AMG Styling: AMG bumpers, side skirts, quad-tip exhaust

Command remote control, required to control the 861 option center rear monitor

Two-tone Alpaca Gray with Anthracite leather interior

Nappa leather anthracite: softer leather offered instead of 831A leather anthracite

Analog TV tuner, makes it possible to watch TV channels

Center rear monitor, O.E. monitor for rear passengers

Heated rear seats, so the ladies in the back can quit complaining about cold bums

Power trunk: the trunk lid opens and closes by the push of a button

Interior motion sensor in added option to the 551 towing alarm

Auxiliary trunk locks: two extra trunk locks in addition to the one standard unit

Load compartment package: an easy click system to secure the luggage in the trunk

SOURCE
MBenzNL
www.MBenzNL.com
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