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Top 15 Upgrades – Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1997-2004 (W168)

The Mercedes-Benz W168 A-Class was the first model of the A-class produced between 1997 and 2004. Therefore had a lot of room for improvement. In this article, we will go over the 15 most popular modifications.

Mercedes A-Class W168 Android DVD Player GPS (eBay link)

mercedes-a-class-w168-android-5-1-gps-sat-nav-head-unit-wifi-dab-stereo-radio-hdThe standard W168 head unit is very dated, so replacing it should be the first thing on your list of modifications. For example, the old head unit still comes with a cassette player! Unless you have a soft spot for your old cassettes, you, like me, will be begging for a Bluetooth connection. This is where the Android 5.1 GPS head unit comes in, with integrated 3G WIFI and DAB radio. You won’t feel like you are driving around in the stone ages anymore. So change your head unit and bring your music back to the 21st century.

JBL GTO629 Series 180W 6.5″ 2-Way Coaxial Car Audio Speakers w/ Grilles (Pair) (eBay link)

car-audio-speakers-upgrade-a-class-w168The next thing that is need of an upgrade is those standard speakers. The old ones were fine for listening to cassettes, not so much for the latest bass-heavy chart music. These JBL speakers are nothing short of amazing, especially if you like your bass. They are very easy to install and very good value for money. As upgrades go, investing in a good pair of speakers will be sure to improve your driving experience.

Aluminum Pedal Pad Cover For MERCEDES BENZ W168 (eBay link)

aluminum-pedal-pad-cover-for-mercedes-benz-w168Another very popular upgrade is to the gas and brake pedals. The standard brake pedals are very dull and old fashioned. What you want is something with increased grip and feel. These aluminum pedal covers are well suited to the W168. Once installed, they add some much needed brightness to the otherwise drab interior.

ANGEL EYES Mercedes Benz A-Klasse (eBay link)

angel-eyes-mercedes-benz-a-klasse-w176By far the best modification you can install on the W168 is angle eyes lights. The standard bulbs are nothing more than functional whereas the angel eyes are full of character. What makes this modification so popular is the ease with which you can install them. You don’t need to pay a mechanic to install them for you. All you need are a couple of screwdrivers and a little bit of elbow grease.

Chrome Door Mirror Cover For Mercedes Benz W168 (eBay link)

chrome-door-mirror-cover-for-mercedes-benz-w168Chrome Door Mirrors make for a cool upgrade to the W168.The Chrome finish highlights the front profile very well. It also makes it stand out from the rest as it isn’t a very common addition. They also protect the door mirror, meaning it will last a lot longer.

Mercedes Benz W168 A-Class grill facelift
(eBay link)

mercedes-a-class-w168-front-grill-upgrade-face-liftUpgrading the front profile of the standard W168 is where you will get the most value for money. The standard grill is getting old now and in need of a facelift. This is where this genuine chrome grill comes in. The chrome finish adds a touch of class to the front profile. They also go very well with the angel eyes upgrade.


roof-spoiler-a168Adding a roof spoiler to your W168 is a great way to toughen up its looks. The W168 has a very passive looking rear profile so the roof spoiler is a welcome upgrade. The spoiler won’t interfere with the visibility or negatively affect you’re the cars performance. In fact, it has been known to improve the overall stability. This rear spoiler comes primed and ready to be painted to suit your current colour scheme.

Mercedes W168 A Class Lorinser Rear Bumper (eBay link)

rear-bumper-a-class-w168Once you have added a rear spoiler, the next thing on your list should be the rear bumper. Here you have a genuine Lorinser rear bumper. Lorinser is a very popular brand when it comes to Mercedes Benz modifications. They have had many years in the business and all of their parts come with a trustworthy guarantee. If I had to pick the best rear bumper available on the market today, it will have to be the Lorinser.

Mercedes Benz W168 Ultra Racing Front Lower bar (eBay link)

mercedes-benz-a160-w168-ultra-racing-front-lower-barHigh speed stability isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you first look at a W168. That’s because Mercedes-Benz wasn’t trying to make a sports car when they first produced the W168. But later on when they produced the A210, we saw that with a few modifications, it can be made a lot sportier. Now you don’t have to buy an A210 in order to enjoy the same sort of sporty handling. These ultra-racing sway bars will make an immediate improvement on your car’s overall handling.

SLOTTED brake disc rotors rear for Mercedes A160 A190 W168 (eBay link)

slotted-brake-disc-rotors-rear-for-mercedes-a160-a190-w168Another great way to improve your car’s performance is to upgrade the brakes. Beware, the last thing you want to do is go out and get a pair that is worse than your original ones so it is vital that you choose wisely. These Bremaxx slotted brake disc rotors are a very good mid-range option. There is no need to buy the most expensive setup when a mid-range set will be good enough. The Bremaxx set have the added “claw” design to the grooves which helps eliminate heat gasses.

A-Class W168 RaceChip Ultimate – Performance Upgrade (eBay link)

racechip-ultimateThe quickest way to get some serious speed out of your W168 is with a racing chip. As it doesn’t require any major physical modifications to the car, it’s also the cheapest way to get more power out of your engine. The RaceChip Ultimate is a stated to give you 31% more and up to 1L/100km less fuel consumption. That means that you will be getting more performance with and cheaper mileage. These chips are individually adjustable so you will be sure to have the perfect setup for your car.

Lowering springs Mercedes A-Class W168 35/35mm 5GO (eBay link)

lowering-springs-for-w168Lowering springs are a very popular modification among young owners of a W168.The springs give your car a lower and more aggressive stance. They also help to increase the overall stability. These H&R lowering springs are amongst the best that money can buy. They come powder coated to enhance the appearance and protect against erosion.

Mercedes Benz W168 A-Klasse Mercedes Benz Coilover (eBay link)

w168-coiloverIf you really want to take your W168 to the next level, you will need a set of coilovers. Coilovers will greatly improve your cornering performance. They also make the care more stable at speed. This particular set also comes with certification of authenticity.

Mercedes W168 A-class Rims (eBay link)

a-class-w168-rimsThe rims are usually the first things that are changed on the W168.The standard rims aren’t good enough once you start thinking about modifying the car. When you are going out to look for a set, make sure to get the 16” versions. This set of 16” alloy rims look very good on the W168.The 5 spoke design will also allow you to show off your modified brakes.

Carbon LED Side Mirrors (eBay link)

carbon-led-side-mirrors-w168Carbon elements are very popular and these side mirrors are any easy way to add to your front profile. These side mirrors come with an arrow design LED indicator. The arrow design can be seen on the latest Mercedes Benz models. This will add a more modern look to your W168. If carbon isn’t your style, you can always paint it to suit you car.

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