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I have a 2013 CT200h base model without nav package nor the dash tech storage. I did not want the the nav package because it was more expensive and I heard the map update cost a lot as well as the nav system sucked. I did wish I had the storage box in the dash option but I did not know the cars option much when I brought this car. Searching for a used dash with that cut out cost almost a grand. My last resort was to build my own bracket.

I did not want to mount a GPS on my windshield nor glue it to my dash. I did not want to mount it on my vents and block my vents. My idea came when I saw the newer Mercedes with the information screen right on top of the AC vents. The unit I choose is a Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT. It is a 2016 model with lifetime map traffic and Bluetooth. Avoid 2017 models because they do not include the live traffic power cable. You could use the phone app for the traffic update but its very slow and requires your phone. On the 2016 models and older it includes that cable as well as the Bluetooth so its a faster local update. Only get the 2017 GPS model if you plan on buying the reverse camera option which will include the traffic cable for a super luxury performance. With the unit I have I have lifetime free map update of the best garmin with up to date traffic. I also have bluetooth so it displays my phone calls and text messages as well as connects my phone to local point of interest. Its the best of everything in one unit.

This project costed me about 200 dollars and maybe 3-5 hours of time. My advice is measure twice and cut once. I used a piece of metal they use to spread cement because it was free. A metal ruler works great too since its the perfect withe and thickness. I bent to form around the dash for a as flush and close to the dash as possible for a clean look. I recommend tapping two holes to mount it as in the picture so it doesn't come loose. You can see how it is mounted and screwed on. I had to trim a little section off the bracket but i didn't have to cut the factory bracket. I feel like leaving that bracket will help keep the dash from lifting up years from now from heat. Since leather shrinks over time removing that bracket mounting spot would leave nothing holding that small section down. if you work it slowly you can retain that bracket but give it enough room for the power cable to slide around. That bracket in the middle is long but the dash doesn't come up to the end of it giving you almost a full half inch behind it to run cable.

Lastly I coated it black and and just made it look pretty with screw cap covers and tried to make it look as low profile as possible I feel almost fully confident i can leave it in the car and it doesn't grab attention. The unit mount is extremely solid and it does not block the view of the windshield. Hope this idea comes in handy for anyone willing to tackle this project because it is worth it.
 

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Some things I did was I brought a dual cigerette lighter splitter and tap it into the harness on the factory cig lighter. Green wire is + and the white wire is -. that way in the future i have an extra socket behind the dash in case i want to hardwire a radar detector or something.
 

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Nice write up.
That looks excellent for anyone who hasn’t got the factory Nav.
Well done.


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