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Top 15 Upgrades for Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2004-2012 (W169)

The Mercedes-Benz W169 A-Class was a real improvement on the W168 model, but it still wasn’t sporty enough for most drivers to consider. That’s not to say that you can’t turn it into a speed demon with the right kind of modifications.

In this article, we will look at the 15 most popular modifications for the W169.

 

  1. Mercedes A-Class W169 Android 5.1 Head Unit BT WiFi Sat-Nav GPS Radio DAB Stereo


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The standard head unit on the W169 is a vast improvement from the old looking W168 version, but it could still do with a modern upgrade. The standard one doesn’t support DAB radio or allow, and the DVD player didn’t come as standard. It also doesn’t support playing via USB. That’s why this Andriod 5.1 Sat-Nav Head Unit is exactly what the doctor ordered. It supports digital radio, streaming via wifi and many added Android features.

 

  1. Mercedes A-Class W169 2004 – 2012 Focal 17cm Front Door Speaker Upgrade Kit


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Now that you have upgraded the head unit you are going to want better speakers. The standard W169 speakers don’t deliver the same power and quality as the aftermarket alternatives. This focal speaker upgrade will transform the audio quality in your car. It will increase the bass response and produce a clearer overall sound. If you want to get the most out of your music, you need to upgrade your speakers.

 

  1. Gas & Brake Pedal


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The AMG models always get the best finishes, so why not install them on your car? Not only are they sportier but they also improve the overall look of the interior. These genuine AMG pedals will bring new life to your car. The increased grip and foot stability are sure to improve your driving confidence as well. These are a great addition to any modification plan.

  1. A-Class 2004-2012 (W169) Xenon Hid Headlight


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A great upgrade for the W169 is the HID Xenon Bulbs. The standard w169 lights suffer from the same soulless design as seen on the old model. These HID lights will give you care a much brighter front profile. Also, it is very easy to install. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will show you how to install your new lights.

  1. Chrome Door Handle


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Another place that could do with an upgrade is the door handles. The chrome finish is very popular with modified W169’s, so these door inserts fit very well with that look. They give the car a very refined and polished side profile. It is also a excellent way of adding to the value of the car when you install genuine parts. These chrome inserts are a brilliant modification to the side profile of your W169.

  1. Front Grill


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This grill facelift is an excellent way to improve the front profile of your W169. Whereas the standard grill was more subtle, this facelift makes the car stand out from the crowd. There is no better way to improve the look of your W169 than to change the front grill. This chrome grill will serve as the center piece for your modification project as it immediately draws your eye to the car. Pair them with a couple of angel eyes headlight, and you will have a winning combination.

  1. Dual Double Exhaust Pipe Muffler Tips


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Installing muffler tips will give your W169 a much better exhaust note than the standard models. Not only will give it give your car a much sportier sound but it can also increase its performance. These tips are made from very high quality materials and are easy to install. The chrome finish adds a very nice finishing touch to the rear profile.

 

 

  1. LED Gear Knob


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The standard gear knob on the W169 is starting to look very dated.With this LED gear Knob, you will be able to change the look and feel of the original one. It also comes with an aluminum finish which is very popular on newer models. You have three design to choose from, my favorite being the red one with the model of the W169 on it. Though not a major modification, it is still very cool.

11. LED Daytime Running Light


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Most modern cars now come with LED daylight running lights. Not only do they make the car look more expensive but they also help it stand out from the others that don’t have them installed. It is very rare to see them on a W169, so that make them a great choice if you want a truly unique look. There is no need to change the original fog light position, as this fits in with the original design.Apart from making the car look better, it also helps oncoming motorists see you in bad weather conditions.

  1. Interior LED Light Kit


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Carrying on with the theme of LED lighting, here is an interior lighting kit for the W169.This replaces the drab old set that came standard with the car. The LED design will make it much brighter in the car and consume less battery power. This set is very easy to install and have working right away. The increased brightness will come in during nights out with those friends that have a habit of losing things.

  1. Performance Chip


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A performance chip is an amazing way to squeeze all the power out of your W169. When people think about modifying their cars they usually think about turbochargers or new exhaust but forget about the potential for an ECU upgrade. A simple change to mapping system can unleash some amazing power gains in most cars. This particular chip box is very well suited to the W169. It has a claimed average power increase of up to 35%!

 

  1. Genuine Mercedes-Benz Matt Chrome Mirror Housing Cover


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We love our chrome finishes, and this mirror cover is no exception. The high-quality finish is a very classy addition to the front profile. The matte chrome look gives the sides a very pleasing accent. You might be tempted to go overboard on the mirrors but if you do so you might end up with a very tacky looking car. As these are genuine Mercedes Benz part, you know that you won’t have any quality of fitment problems after purchase.

  1. Car Door Logo Light


A relatively new modification that has quickly gained popularity is the car door logo light. Installing a logo light is a very cool way of welcoming passengers into the car, especially if they have never seen this feature before. They are a cheap way of turning heads whenever you step out of your vehicle. We have found a set that allows you to choose various Mercedes-Benz logos for your W169.The most attractive design features the AMG logo in white.

 

 

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