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Old 04-11-2012, 01:19 PM
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If you don't mind, from where did you order the lights and parts?
I ordered the E-Coupe Euro lights from an MB Dealer here in Toronto. You might be able to source parts out of the states cheaper.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:00 PM
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I used to love the tail lamps of MBs in the late 70s and 80s. They were red, but the brake and signal lights were very intense and MBs were easily recognizable from a mile away because of the intense red signals and brakes. I think the new 212s are a throwback to those glory days. I love my read tail lamps.
Someone awhile back posted an article that states that apparently there is a potential safety issues w/ monochromatic brake/turn signals. I have to admit that, on days when I've tired, I find the taillights on an E-class both blinding and confusing.

It's interesting that the S-class still has amber turn-signal lights. Not sure why there's a difference.

Were the turn-signal lights on 1970s/80s MB red? I recall the brake lights being red (well, the lenses were red) while the turn signals were in the white or orange portion (and were amber/orange)....
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Originally Posted by alsyli View Post
Someone awhile back posted an article that states that apparently there is a potential safety issues w/ monochromatic brake/turn signals. I have to admit that, on days when I've tired, I find the taillights on an E-class both blinding and confusing.

It's interesting that the S-class still has amber turn-signal lights. Not sure why there's a difference.

Were the turn-signal lights on 1970s/80s MB red? I recall the brake lights being red (well, the lenses were red) while the turn signals were in the white or orange portion (and were amber/orange)....
I have never seen red turning lights in Germany on any car while I was living there in the 1980s, so any modification is for the American market. I know for sure that 1970s and 1980s Mercedes' had amber lights, e.g. W123 (e.g. 200-300E), W126 + W116 (S-models), W114 (Stoke /8), W201 (190 baby Benz), W124 (E model), as well as the R-Coupes. Most of these models at the time used the ribbed rear light design and had coloured lenses, not bulbs.

I wonder how difficult it is to change the lights on the current model.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by alsyli View Post
Someone awhile back posted an article that states that apparently there is a potential safety issues w/ monochromatic brake/turn signals. I have to admit that, on days when I've tired, I find the taillights on an E-class both blinding and confusing.

It's interesting that the S-class still has amber turn-signal lights. Not sure why there's a difference.

Were the turn-signal lights on 1970s/80s MB red? I recall the brake lights being red (well, the lenses were red) while the turn signals were in the white or orange portion (and were amber/orange)....
Yes ....mono chromatic. I have no doubt someone posted an opinion about red signal lights being a safety issue. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but, not their own facts. The facts do not support this opinion. Insurance companies would have higher rates if a car is know lt be less safe, however, due primarily to its safety, my insurance rates are the lowest I have had on my E compared with other luxury brands I have owned. I have a $100 deductible for collision and $50 deductible for comprehensive. I pay about $900/year ($450 every 6 months). Anyone that truly believes this is a safety issue should not have purchased this vehicle. That is just plain stupid to buy a vehicle you think has safety issues. And as Forrest once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

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Old 08-01-2018, 08:29 PM
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Bringing this back from the dead... I was wanting to change the tail lights from my W12 2010e550.. but I can't find any that blink dynamically.. I was super excited when I found these.

https://www.yakaequiper.com/en/feux-...ed-p-1830.html


I was seconds away from purchasing when I realized that since they are from France.. and figured after reading this of the connectors would be different on my u.s. spec E 550..

did anybody get this to work, I saw a part number for a contact bushing is that all I would need to make these work?
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Any updates on this? Would love to have amber turn signals
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What is the colour of rear indicator lights in US version W212 (facelift) ?
Red or Orange?
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:43 AM
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Red. The brake lights just blink
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Thanks a lot, that means I need to change rear lights.. When I change both rear lights to European version will it work properly ?
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Although there is no 100% safety, I think that increasing safety on public roadways is more important than aspect preferences, especially considering that from all modes of transportation driving is the least safe and contributes to mortality rates more than many terminal illnesses. Aside from the subjective aesthetic preferences, regarding which colour the signal indicator lights, the yellow colour is consistent all around the car and definitely safer, sou should imposed on all car makers.
For those that don't still don't understand, there is an article from a safety magazine that provides a detailed argument why yellow/amber consistent indicators all around the car is safer.
https://system-safety.org/ejss/past/...tlight2_p1.php

So I wonder why in fact the safety authorities in Canada and USA have not yet taken responsible action to regulate the sales of all new cars to be manufactured with such yellow signal indicators, yet; and leave it to car manufacturers which some don't do much to increase safety unless forced by regulation. I wonder why MB slipped on this when they are quite safety oriented otherwise?
It's not personal but factual.










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