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Buying another GLA. Question on CarPlay

I’m buying a used GLA and had a question hopefully you guys/girls can help me out. The VIN is WDC1569461J541052.

Vehicle is 2018 built and has NTG5S1 with audio20. Can I activate Apple CarPlay on this vehicle? Salesman said no but doubt he know much. It has 15U package so looks like it’s preinstalled. Is there any documentation I can show this salesperson? I want them to do it before I buy it 🙂

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If you have the appropriate cable, did you try activating CarPlay in the GLA you want to purchase? The MB vin decoder confirms your 15U package wiring in place, you probably have the commands on your system controller, but actually plugging in might be the only way to confirm the software interface is there as well (just guessing here, not sure if that's a player with the 15U package). Are you working with an MB CPO or non-MB dealer? If the latter, I'd definitely want to ensure it works, if that's a deal breaker for you.

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I tried it with a cable and it didn’t work. I think it needs to be activated. It’s at a MB dealership.
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When we picked our 2017 up in Sindelfingen the "instructors" didn't realize Android Auto was available. I explained it was as I pulled the DOG and the build spec out. That being said it took three different phones before it would hook up. Back at the hotel that night it took many many attempts to get my Note 5 to hook up.

All in all, IMHO, these hook ups are over rated. I would not base a purchase on the phone interface working. I wanted Waze and messaging. Waze is crash prone and does not allow inputs. Messaging (just to monitor) is blocked. I've got no use for it.

And while it was an essential criteria for Pam, when she saw how it interfaced with my phone she opted not to hook hers up at all.

Of course, YMMV.
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@Wayne, I had a 2015 GLA before with Apple Carplay and it was great. I never used the MB system for anything. I’m trying to make sure that I can do that again
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As I said ... YMMV!!!

I suspect Apple is set up better for integration. In my case with Android I see little to no advantage.

OTOH, if MB had a touchscreen and Waze was displayed as in their phone application (ala Mirrorlink) that could make sense.

Good luck. I'm sure others on this Forum are looking forward to hearing your outcome.
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Smart phone connection other than Bluetooth for phone calls does not do anything for me. Use Sirs/XM radio and the Garmin Map Quest.

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