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02-10-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,390
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, itís a shame they discontinued it. Iíd have...

Yeah, itís a shame they discontinued it. Iíd have vastly preferred it to the C300, especially the C300 with the seven speed transmission. A 300 isnít quick or fun, which is okay since itís not a...
02-09-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,390
Posted By Mike5215

The ďtellĒ here is that last line... youíre...

The ďtellĒ here is that last line... youíre really not looking for a sedate sedan... you guys want something way sexier and way more fun. Maturity and practicality are crappy reasons to deprive...
02-09-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 49,417
Posted By Mike5215

That sounds to me like sympathetic frequency...

That sounds to me like sympathetic frequency vibrations causing the speaker grilles to resonate (buzz) at certain specific frequencies. The fix is to dampen the grilles. Usually working some very...
08-20-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Posted By Mike5215

I actually get what he's saying. The C300 in any...

I actually get what he's saying. The C300 in any form is a nice transportation appliance but hard to fall in love with. It's nice to drive but not a lot of fun.

I thought it was because it's a...
08-15-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Mike5215

Pull forward a bit then and have someone back the...

Pull forward a bit then and have someone back the car up while you go under the front and push the plastic shield up and clear of the stop. It's flexible (which is how you got it caught in the first...
08-15-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,203
Posted By Mike5215

Pretty much anything can be fixed. For your...

Pretty much anything can be fixed. For your insurer it's a question of whether it's less expensive to fix it than it is to buy it from you for its pre-loss value and sell the salvage.

A lot...
08-13-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I have a beautiful set of C63 split five...

Yeah I have a beautiful set of C63 split five spoke reps and they were $700 shipped. No balance issues and still cosmetically perfect aside from where I've managed to curb them.

Curbing a $200...
08-12-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike5215

Beautiful car, but it's clearly a cupcake killer.

Beautiful car, but it's clearly a cupcake killer.
08-05-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mike5215

Oh no no no. Either of those cars will be repair...

Oh no no no. Either of those cars will be repair and maintenance nightmares. While I don't discount the prior owner(s) adherence to the recommended maintenance schedule or the physical condition as...
08-05-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By Mike5215

No difference in wheel design 4Matic vs RWD. Need...

No difference in wheel design 4Matic vs RWD. Need to check the offset (it should be stamped on the back somewhere). If they're off a 221 you'll be fine.
08-01-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By Mike5215

You'll be fine. Should bolt right up.

You'll be fine. Should bolt right up.
07-31-2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, but honestly the tires looked horrible on...

Yeah, but honestly the tires looked horrible on WPH's S600. He deliberately oversized them out of concerns over ride quality going to 20". Stick with the OEM sizes and the car will look good and...
07-30-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Mike5215

Yes. I had much more aggressive offsets and no...

Yes. I had much more aggressive offsets and no issues.
07-30-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

Many black cars including two S Class. Nothing...

Many black cars including two S Class. Nothing looks meaner than a black Benz. As soon as I get them I wash them with Dawn to strip any remaining wax or polish, clay bar to make sure the paint is...
07-27-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By Mike5215

Hmm. I have a loaded 16 C300 Sport (18"). For the...

Hmm. I have a loaded 16 C300 Sport (18"). For the past two weeks I've been in a 330i convertible (formerly the 328i) 18".

The BMW impressed me. I felt the car rode and handled better, and while...
07-23-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By Mike5215

I have a 330i vert as a rental for a couple of...

I have a 330i vert as a rental for a couple of weeks. Very nice little car, drives beautifully and handles well. Good audio (much better than the HK in the 221). Interior design and materials are a...
07-20-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By Mike5215

No perceptible difference in my experience. If...

No perceptible difference in my experience. If you put your car on 19" in "Sport" you'll get a sense of how it rides on 20" in "Comfort". My 221 came on 19" and I hemmed and hawed for months before I...
07-16-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,473
Posted By Mike5215

While the "internals" are supposed to be...

While the "internals" are supposed to be confidential (since they have prior owner details) on every Benz I've ever purchased the sales guy has pulled and printed the report for me. Sometimes they...
07-15-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Off the subject but I just rented this thing for...

Off the subject but I just rented this thing for a couple weeks on vacation. Full report when I get back.

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07-15-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Ha! I'm sure their are. To my eye, the hood...

Ha! I'm sure their are.

To my eye, the hood star looked out of place on the 221. For me the 221 looked best playing to its athletic, sporty nature. Gorgeous lines and with the AMG kit it was...
07-15-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Of those the 04 S500. I put an AMG body kit on my...

Of those the 04 S500. I put an AMG body kit on my 430. It's 4 pieces: Front bumper cover, rear bumper cover, two side skirts. All you need are the actual bumper covers (and grills up front). All of...
07-15-2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

First link doesn't work. Second link is to a very...

First link doesn't work. Second link is to a very nice S430 with a stone interior and no AMG kit but decent rims. The 3rd is to the 2000.

These are nice cars but they can do some damage on the...
07-15-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

I've owned two 220's and loved them. I'd...

I've owned two 220's and loved them. I'd recommend 04 and up since the car got a lot of upgrades after the 04 facelift. And while I liked the 430, the 500 had upgraded leather and heated/cooled seats...
07-12-2017, 10:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mike5215

Bad idea. Find a set of wheels with the correct...

Bad idea. Find a set of wheels with the correct (or slightly lower) offsets. Big spacers are a recipe for vibration problems, and the 221 is sensitive to vibration issues. Unless someone was giving...
07-10-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,664
Posted By Mike5215

I wouldn't get hung up on the fact the car is a...

I wouldn't get hung up on the fact the car is a base. Wheels are the biggest change you can make in terms of bang for the buck. Heres' me Palladium Sport with a set of replica staggered 18". Under...
07-06-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 649
Posted By Mike5215

I'm at 45mm on all 4 corners, 8.5" front, 9.5"...

I'm at 45mm on all 4 corners, 8.5" front, 9.5" rear and that's pretty close to flush with no rubbing. Unless it's a 4Matic a minor difference between front and rear axles isn't an issue. Your fitment...
07-03-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah the US is expected to get the same deal....

Yeah the US is expected to get the same deal. Smartphone integration only if you select the A20. Not available as part of the Multi Media Package. I guess the thinking is that if you don't have...
06-30-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By Mike5215

With normal wear and tear you'll just be...

With normal wear and tear you'll just be responsible for the mileage (I believe it's .25 a mile). They should reimburse you the original purchase price less the mileage offset. Around $6k if my...
06-28-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,893
Posted By Mike5215

It tries to index the songs on the device each...

It tries to index the songs on the device each time it's connected to make navigating between albums, tracks, artists etc faster, but it's limited by its internal memory capacity. It probably can't...
06-27-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,771
Posted By Mike5215

Depreciation is the issue for me on a new buy,...

Depreciation is the issue for me on a new buy, less so on a lease (where MB pads the residuals). The S is so well built and the materials are so good that a two year old example with 30,000 miles...
06-27-2017, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,502
Posted By Mike5215

I'm not familiar with Cerwin Vega car audio. They...

I'm not familiar with Cerwin Vega car audio. They do make good pro-sound (PA gear) for bands. I'd recommend the Focal KRS100 K2 Power 4" component two-ways. The 4" in that set is decent but the...
06-26-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, I've used MoBridge stuff before. On the A20...

Yeah, I've used MoBridge stuff before. On the A20 though there's no MOST ring. It would be helpful on a Burmester though. Can you use Bit Ends instead?
06-26-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

I had a Kraco Power Booster attached to my under...

I had a Kraco Power Booster attached to my under dash Pioneer cassette deck with FM Supertuner technology driving a pair of Jensen 8x10 Tri Axials in a 69 Plymouth Barracuda I paid $350 for and I was...
06-26-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

Yes, advertising slogans are rarely full of...

Yes, advertising slogans are rarely full of heartfelt sincerity. The Ultimate Driving Machine actually is a nice car that is not close to being the "ultimate" anything. Audi quietly retired "Truth In...
06-26-2017, 06:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

Just to clarify, you don't lease your car from a...

Just to clarify, you don't lease your car from a dealer and they don't have a say regarding the condition the car is when the lease ends.

When you lease a car, MBFS buys that car from the dealer,...
06-26-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

Currently in your A20 are four 4" paper coned...

Currently in your A20 are four 4" paper coned midrange speakers, one in each door. There are no tweeters at all. The 4" have to cover all of the mids and highs.

There is one 6" midbass woofer in...
06-26-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

I'm thinking no on the Fix82. I don't believe the...

I'm thinking no on the Fix82. I don't believe the A20 has VNC, and while it's technically a DSP (since it digitally processes signals) it's more a hands-off OEM integration unit that strips out the...
06-18-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,025
Posted By Mike5215

The C was my first experience on run flats so I...

The C was my first experience on run flats so I can't comment on the improvement in ride of the Mercedes extended mobility vs traditional run flats . Obviously a sidewall stiff enough to support the...
06-17-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,573
Posted By Mike5215

I have one! A lawyer dies. That's the...

I have one!

A lawyer dies.

That's the whole joke.
06-15-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,025
Posted By Mike5215

I totally believe you. There are ways to make a...

I totally believe you. There are ways to make a luxury sport sedan ride well, but MB apparently went in a different direction. The C300 can be brutal, and the C43/C63 is often panned as being one...
06-13-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,177
Posted By Mike5215

Could be worse. I was reading this thread on the...

Could be worse. I was reading this thread on the ATS-V forum. Guy had a noticeable vibration and drone in 5th at 80 mph in a brand new coupe that was driving him nuts. GM told the dealer to tell the...
06-13-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By Mike5215

I have 8.5", no issues.

I have 8.5", no issues.
06-08-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

Ah, yeah the sedan has them in the mirror sail...

Ah, yeah the sedan has them in the mirror sail panel, the coupe has them in the front doors. I guess it's coaxials!

I auditioned a set of inexpensive MTX 4" coaxials on the bench compared to the...
06-07-2017, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,633
Posted By Mike5215

I run Michelin Pilot Supersports and keep a Seal...

I run Michelin Pilot Supersports and keep a Seal & Fill kit in the trunk, but any high end conventional tire in the OEM sizes will work on your car. The Supersports aren't all season so if you need...
06-06-2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By Mike5215

There's no audio advantage in using the register....

There's no audio advantage in using the register. CD rips to it are automatically converted to MP3. Back before USB drives and SD cards had the capacity they have now, it was nice to be able to put...
06-06-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,754
Posted By Mike5215

The workmanship looks good, just not digging the...

The workmanship looks good, just not digging the color on that car.
06-03-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By Mike5215

Dealers can't define the terms of CPO. It is...

Dealers can't define the terms of CPO. It is issued directly by MB to the buyer once a dealer has brought the car up to standards, and paid MB a couple grand to issue the certification. The...
06-02-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,805
Posted By Mike5215

You have to hunt them down on EBay. You're...

You have to hunt them down on EBay. You're looking for an S63 coupe airbag module (the whole thing, not just a cover) and S63 steering wheel buttons.
06-02-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,805
Posted By Mike5215

W204 C63 18" replica wheels , W205 C63 rear...

W204 C63 18" replica wheels , W205 C63 rear diffuser and tips, red CF start button, CF front splitter and side skirt inserts, hard wired V1, MidCity EcoStop defeat, Dinan Sportronics boost module,...
06-02-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,132
Posted By Mike5215

Patient: "Doc, it hurts when I do this." ...

Patient: "Doc, it hurts when I do this."
Doctor: "Don't do that."
06-01-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,347
Posted By Mike5215

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/634x481/80-355985d1496359237_also_coming_over_bmw_img_0014_8252ce300bd37b578e77eeca5e9a80e0864a0d84.jpg

Nice C450! Is that a Designo color?
05-31-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 960
Posted By Mike5215

But if you have the means, I highly recommend an...

But if you have the means, I highly recommend an S. No other car on the road (save maybe a Bentley) drives like an S. Believe me, I've looked
05-30-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Mike5215

Regardless of how many times you ask the answer...

Regardless of how many times you ask the answer will always be the same. The retaining clips can only be accessed from the rear. You have to pull off the interior door panel.
05-29-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

My installer belongs to this association of...

My installer belongs to this association of professional installers around the country (MESA) who share detailed information about specific cars they've done. My 205 is written up in there in...
05-28-2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,654
Posted By Mike5215

Gravity is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to...

Gravity is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to keep America down.
05-28-2017, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,053
Posted By Mike5215

You're altering the suspension geometry to an...

You're altering the suspension geometry to an extent. Theoretically it could lead to premature bearing and bushing wear. From a practical standpoint I've never had a problem with them, even the thick...
05-28-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,654
Posted By Mike5215

It's stupid. He has no clue how or where cars are...

It's stupid. He has no clue how or where cars are made. Just more stuff he pulls out of his ass for a sound bite or tweet that he then promptly forgets about because he's on to the next thing he...
05-28-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,031
Posted By Mike5215

Here are some spy shots of the 2019 W205...

Here are some spy shots of the 2019 W205 interior. New steering wheel controls with touch pads like the E, and redesigned main touchpad. Same analog gauge cluster with some cosmetic tweaks. In line...
05-28-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,654
Posted By Mike5215

Trumps messaging is rarely intended for general...

Trumps messaging is rarely intended for general consumption (where the average middle schooler could pick it apart as fantasy). He's almost always targeting his base directly. They buy pretty much...
05-26-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

You need to find an installer who has done a...

You need to find an installer who has done a system or two in a W205. Otherwise they're just poking around in the dark and spending your money. The problem is not so much with the quality of the...
05-19-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,465
Posted By Mike5215

There are a lot of issues with the A20. As you...

There are a lot of issues with the A20. As you pointed out, the lack of any 6" mid bass drivers is a problem. Your whole system consists of one 7" ish "sub" in the foot well and 4 very flimsy 4"...
05-05-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,250
Posted By Mike5215

So still single then?

So still single then?
05-05-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 9,250
Posted By Mike5215

It's not the speakers. They're not anything...

It's not the speakers. They're not anything special but the problem is with the factory EQ, and the lack of any actual mid bass drivers in the cabin. Fix the EQ ( a $2 phone app works fine) and put a...
05-03-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,108
Posted By Mike5215

The $400 kit comes pretty much fully assembled,...

The $400 kit comes pretty much fully assembled, includes everything you need and has a perfect fit and finish.

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04-30-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 682
Posted By Mike5215

Check for collapsed motor mount(s).

Check for collapsed motor mount(s).
04-30-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By Mike5215

Tint with high heat rejection

Tint with high heat rejection
04-27-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,743
Posted By Mike5215

Well the S is a different beast in all the best...

Well the S is a different beast in all the best ways. Your E is essentially a stretched W204 era C with a conventional steel suspension. While an S550 isn't especially quick, 2012 and 13 got the new...
04-25-2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,183
Posted By Mike5215

Honestly I've never understood the intense...

Honestly I've never understood the intense interest and disappointment over the lack of Android Auto/CarPlay. For me, whenever reading a post about it, it helps to mentally substitute the phrase...
04-23-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By Mike5215

Discount is about average. Personally when...

Discount is about average. Personally when there's low apr financing I take as much as they'll give me and hold onto my cash. But I make it a rule never to finance for a term longer than the...
04-22-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 848
Posted By Mike5215

Should be the same exact profile as the OEM...

Should be the same exact profile as the OEM tires. Profile is a function of size. On a tire size the first number represents the width of the tread block. The second is the sidewall height as a...
04-22-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 848
Posted By Mike5215

That's the one I have. Haven't needed it for the...

That's the one I have. Haven't needed it for the Benz but I've done a couple of roadside rescues with it. I've been running Michelin Pilot Supersports since 2006, never had one go flat. You'll be...
04-22-2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By Mike5215

I would PM Doc Brown directly. In the meantime...

I would PM Doc Brown directly. In the meantime don't let Biff Tannen anywhere near the car.
04-21-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By Mike5215

I was hoping there might be a different...

I was hoping there might be a different receptacle I could try sticking it in. Maybe one that's near the original but with a tighter fit. Even one that may have been intended for a different purpose...
04-21-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 770
Posted By Mike5215

Nothing else out there keeps the upper third of...

Nothing else out there keeps the upper third of the lower part of the first four inches of the rear bumper cleaner. Nothing.
04-18-2017, 07:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 20,064
Posted By Mike5215

COMAND comes with the larger screen and HD based...

COMAND comes with the larger screen and HD based navi built in. No SD card required. It also should come with an SD reader for media files plus two USB for phones or external drives in the center...
04-17-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 47,854
Posted By Mike5215

It'll fit any 205 with the Audio 20 package. The...

It'll fit any 205 with the Audio 20 package. The screen is an inch smaller than COMAND, which gives you the extra clearance between the screen and the gauge pod.
04-17-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,183
Posted By Mike5215

Android Auto/CarPlay aren't supported in the 205...

Android Auto/CarPlay aren't supported in the 205 (at least in the US, not sure about other markets).
04-12-2017, 03:16 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 154,665
Posted By Mike5215

Of course. It would be total anarchy if wheel...

Of course. It would be total anarchy if wheel companies gave out offsets before a customer ordered. Could you maybe list three possible offsets and then let us guess which one it is?! That way you...
04-11-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,735
Posted By Mike5215

I have that unit enroute. Typically I won't risk...

I have that unit enroute. Typically I won't risk a warranty issue with a an ECU flash but the Dinan unit seems plenty safe and easily removable for service work.
04-09-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,259
Posted By Mike5215

Go visit a Lexus board on a 3 year old model....

Go visit a Lexus board on a 3 year old model. It's the same horror show over there. There is no holy grail of reliability on luxury cars. Drive whatever appeals to you but dump it before the warranty...
04-05-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 502
Posted By Mike5215

Looks like the camera needs to be adjusted a...

Looks like the camera needs to be adjusted a little. It should be squared up.
04-04-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 37,580
Posted By Mike5215

This thread should come with a free translator...

This thread should come with a free translator app. ;)

Input: Hahahaha good explanation in resume we get a toy from toys r us a Friday night dinner price.

Result: Well said my friend! The...
04-02-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,923
Posted By Mike5215

The MidCity unit, which also lets you lock in...

The MidCity unit, which also lets you lock in your preferred Agility setting, is now down to $174.
04-01-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 37,580
Posted By Mike5215

Let me summarize this three hundred post thread....

Let me summarize this three hundred post thread. I don't have a dog in this hunt.

-The DinanTronics unit for the C450/43 provides a modest increase in performance at a modest price.

-It is...
03-28-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By Mike5215

They're safe. 37mm is mildly lower than the OEM...

They're safe. 37mm is mildly lower than the OEM front offset (they'll poke out a bit more). Rears should be fine at 47mm.
03-28-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,944
Posted By Mike5215

All these squiggly charts and graphs are fine,...

All these squiggly charts and graphs are fine, but if you need help turning up the Bass at some point, I'm here.
03-28-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 140,196
Posted By Mike5215

For MY 2016 at least you had to buy the...

For MY 2016 at least you had to buy the stand-alone power trunk option ($250). That got you the automatic open/close and the hands-free opener.

Here's how it works:

1)Approach the car's trunk...
03-28-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,923
Posted By Mike5215

It's not so much the inconvenience as it is the...

It's not so much the inconvenience as it is the imposition. If I decide I don't want it I should be able to turn it off and have it stay off. Once. I don't want or need the manufacturer to decide for...
03-27-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,894
Posted By Mike5215

But what they did do was install single-use...

But what they did do was install single-use emergency tensioners that fire whether the rear seats are occupied or not. In my accident the shop didn't catch it right away. It added a week and $4000 to...
03-24-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 154,665
Posted By Mike5215

Here's what I do, because I hate "chunky" looking...

Here's what I do, because I hate "chunky" looking sidewalls, and I loathe the ride on the super short rubber band sidewalls. I go thru Google images looking at Mercedes and finding cars where the OEM...
03-23-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 154,665
Posted By Mike5215

Verify that front fitment with someone who's done...

Verify that front fitment with someone who's done aftermarket wheels on a 450 before ordering though.
03-23-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 154,665
Posted By Mike5215

The C450/43 has been a challenge to owners trying...

The C450/43 has been a challenge to owners trying to go with aftermarket wheels. I would recommend only using fitments that other members have had actual success with.

For your calculations a...
03-23-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 154,665
Posted By Mike5215

I'll do you one better and tell you how to do...

I'll do you one better and tell you how to do your own calculations. (These are general fitment basics. Other owners of C450s with hard numbers are your best source of real world fitment issues. I...
03-19-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,297
Posted By Mike5215

If you think a pen is rattling around in there...

If you think a pen is rattling around in there find the pen. There's not a ton of places it could have gone, and the sub shouldn't have to come out to find it. It's likely in the roller shade or...
03-19-2017, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, it's to let Garmin and MB off the hook in...

Yeah, it's to let Garmin and MB off the hook in the event it accidentally leads you to drive off a cliff.
03-17-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 771
Posted By Mike5215

Send a PM to ALX. He's one of the few guys on...

Send a PM to ALX. He's one of the few guys on here who really knows this stuff. The rest of us are just happy when we can work the radio.
03-15-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,503
Posted By Mike5215

Aftermarket Remote Start In The Works

I contacted a buddy of mine from the W221 forum who has an "in" at MidCity Engineering about the prospect of them developing a SmartKey starter module for the 205. Per MidCity:

"Yes, the factory...
03-11-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,657
Posted By Mike5215

How To Display IPhone Texts On Command

(I know there's only one M in COMAND)
https://youtu.be/3OGP_HFlRO0

Works!
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03-10-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,238
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, not sure about the police either, since it...

Yeah, not sure about the police either, since it was negligence vs vandalism (vandals don't make random scratches all over the car). The dealership seems both hostile and conciliatory.

Liability...
03-07-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By Mike5215

Well it works on my Millennial Falcon when the...

Well it works on my Millennial Falcon when the hyperdrive is acting up. Just sayin'
03-03-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,145
Posted By Mike5215

Unless you absolutely need an all season tire, I...

Unless you absolutely need an all season tire, I think the gold standard for ride and noise on a 205 are the Michelin Pilot SuperSports. Everyone on the forum who has them seems to love them. I've...
03-02-2017, 10:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,962
Posted By Mike5215

Replicas are essentially unauthorized copies of...

Replicas are essentially unauthorized copies of OEM wheels, typically made in Asia and sold for a fraction of OEM. (That same set from a dealer is probably $5,000).

The established EBay vendors...
03-02-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,962
Posted By Mike5215

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03-02-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,962
Posted By Mike5215

Lots of choices in 19" AMG reps for the 205. Any...

Lots of choices in 19" AMG reps for the 205. Any wheel that fits the 2000-2017 S Class, or the W204 will work as well. Anything with a 45mm -ish offset is fine.
03-01-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,765
Posted By Mike5215

In states where there is no deductible on...

In states where there is no deductible on windshield glass ( a practice that started when a state legislator's car was hit by someone trying to see thru a spidered windshield BTW) the insurer will...
02-26-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 48,296
Posted By Mike5215

The W221 S Class had an ingenious solution for...

The W221 S Class had an ingenious solution for this. A little extra button by the drivers side seat controls that, when toggled, switched the entire seat button array to control the passenger seat,...
02-25-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,688
Posted By Mike5215

Port 2 should be unaffected. The insulator...

Port 2 should be unaffected. The insulator prevents you from inserting the device upside down (there's a second insulator in the USB cable). That's why USB cables can only be inserted in one...
02-24-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 961
Posted By Mike5215

The fronts would be 1!3rd of an inch further out....

The fronts would be 1!3rd of an inch further out. Imperceptible.
02-20-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,099
Posted By Mike5215

17. You're trading more sidewall for less rim...

17. You're trading more sidewall for less rim size. A taller sidewall absorbs imperfections in the road surface better than a short one.
02-19-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,688
Posted By Mike5215

That's odd. Very low voltage (5v) in a USB port....

That's odd. Very low voltage (5v) in a USB port. The most it could possibly get in the car is 12v and I'm not even sure how the ports could get energized by 12v without blowing a fuse.

Here's a...
02-19-2017, 01:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,115
Posted By Mike5215

Yes, that's normal.

Yes, that's normal.
02-15-2017, 05:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 791
Posted By Mike5215

I think I can help. By any chance do you have a...

I think I can help. By any chance do you have a five gallon gasoline can, some loose rags, a low insurance deductible and an alibi?
02-13-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,203
Posted By Mike5215

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/646x335/80-trump_14a22d6159b4a634d9690e1e41408c06a96f0d77.jpg
02-11-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 835
Posted By Mike5215

You're only a year shy of getting the facelift...

You're only a year shy of getting the facelift car (2010) and not much difference in pricing at this point. You'll want a warranty of some kind as well.
02-10-2017, 11:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,871
Posted By Mike5215

The give away was that the vibration gets more...

The give away was that the vibration gets more pronounced on a smooth road, meaning when the actual road feel fades back the vibration is more obvious. Is this a 4matic car?
02-10-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,871
Posted By Mike5215

It's almost always a wheel/tire issue. In...

It's almost always a wheel/tire issue. In addition to road force balancing, the shop needs to measure run-out on the rim and the tire. Run out is the lateral (side to side) variance that can occur in...
02-10-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 723
Posted By Mike5215

If she has an iPhone, turn on Music Match in...

If she has an iPhone, turn on Music Match in iCloud and it will make the entire iTunes library available via streaming without storing any files on the phone itself, so the device's internal memory...
02-07-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Mike5215

The tips are actual chromed metal. The splitter...

The tips are actual chromed metal. The splitter is plastic.
02-05-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,163
Posted By Mike5215

Color is gorgeous. What is that called?

Color is gorgeous. What is that called?
02-04-2017, 11:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,176
Posted By Mike5215

There's around $760 in unaccounted for costs....

There's around $760 in unaccounted for costs. Using your numbers I get a monthly payment for rent and tax of $569.19, with $569.12 due at signing for the first month. They quoted $591. $591-$570=$21...
02-04-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

The multimedia package with the 8" screen should...

The multimedia package with the 8" screen should have a separate amp in the trunk that's fiber optic from the HU. I haven't seen an A20 on a car with the MMI so I can't say for sure. If you remove...
02-03-2017, 11:41 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

Update: Audison sells a MOST to Toslink...

Update:

Audison sells a MOST to Toslink converter:
...
02-01-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, for GSD, don't get hung up on the numbers....

Yeah, for GSD, don't get hung up on the numbers. Tune it by ear using material you're familiar with and stop when it sounds good. Nothing is sacred as far as "the rules" go when I'm tuning a car. The...
01-31-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

Cool. I'm not sure exactly what the settings...

Cool. I'm not sure exactly what the settings mean, but this is what they do:

AE Tune sets the frequency point where the mids and highs are processed by the app.

AE Mix controls how much of the...
01-30-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,479
Posted By Mike5215

Nonsense. We're a bunch of rich picky a-holes and...

Nonsense. We're a bunch of rich picky a-holes and we're never really satisfied with anything. Hyundai buyers on the other hand cream their jeans when they discover they can afford a car that has...
01-29-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 28,744
Posted By Mike5215

Nice! I agree fully on the relative merits of the...

Nice! I agree fully on the relative merits of the 400 vs the 450/43. Sometimes you want the power and smoothness without the ruckus. MB understood this philosophy in the S600, which is a very...
01-24-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,069
Posted By Mike5215

Not a blown speaker, just a poorly designed...

Not a blown speaker, just a poorly designed system with over reliance on 4" mid range speakers, which by their nature tend to sound bright and can be harsh. There are seven of them in the W205. There...
01-19-2017, 07:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 59,748
Posted By Mike5215

Sport + should not disable any safety features....

Sport + should not disable any safety features. Doing so would be anathema to Mercedes safety philosophy.
01-19-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By Mike5215

By door inside are you referring to the interior...

By door inside are you referring to the interior door panel, or something to do with the mechanicals inside the door itself? What part #s are they unable to find?
01-18-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,803
Posted By Mike5215

There are no speakers in the roof. He now has a...

There are no speakers in the roof. He now has a Burmester eyeglass holder.
01-18-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,950
Posted By Mike5215

It's a great system. It even sends a text to the...

It's a great system. It even sends a text to the other party to let them know why the call was disconnected:

"[DRIVER NAME] SAID: STFU"
01-17-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,950
Posted By Mike5215

That's a Mercedes feature called STFU-Matic....

That's a Mercedes feature called STFU-Matic. (Sensory Telephonic Feedback Utilization). Acoustic sensors in the car monitor calls for elevated stress levels on the part of the driver. If the stress...
01-13-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By Mike5215

The short answer is you're boxed in pretty badly....

The short answer is you're boxed in pretty badly. There was a dealer installed retrofit that gave you Aux In and a 30 pin cable for IPhone/Pad, but it's been out of production for awhile and out of...
01-13-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 59,748
Posted By Mike5215

That makes sense. The Agility mode settings give...

That makes sense. The Agility mode settings give you no additional power, they just make the power you have more rapidly available by using the transmission to hold the engine in the range where it...
01-12-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,696
Posted By Mike5215

It's either Burmester or Audio 20. Do you mean...

It's either Burmester or Audio 20. Do you mean you have the Burmester audio but not the larger COMAND Online screen? Absent COMAND online you can't play videos.
01-08-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,711
Posted By Mike5215

A class action requires a class. So far it's one...

A class action requires a class. So far it's one guy. Here's how Class actions happen. Blockbuster video charges a .50 cent rewind fee even if the customer returns the tape 75% rewound. A lawyer gets...
01-04-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Mike5215

At this point I guess you're on hold waiting for...

At this point I guess you're on hold waiting for the opinion from the engineer.
12-31-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 874
Posted By Mike5215

It's currently item #172274471396 on EBay. Ask is...

It's currently item #172274471396 on EBay. Ask is $417 but he took a $400 best offer. Looks like shipping was $73, so my out the door was $473 not $400.
12-25-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,312
Posted By Mike5215

Here's how you get to the point where you're...

Here's how you get to the point where you're using superglue on a $60,000 car:

Me: The bezel on my passenger side vanity mirror has a crack in it. Is that CPO?

SA: Unfortunately no.

Me:...
12-23-2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,455
Posted By Mike5215

Shockingly, I did not consider this Chinese...

Shockingly, I did not consider this Chinese website:

345581

It's really weird, because I do like 90% of my online shopping at taobao.com.
12-18-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,092
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, that's why I said "I believe" and posted a...

Yeah, that's why I said "I believe" and posted a link to the software source so he could figure it out, and the name of a guy for the hardware source if he wanted to try that route.
12-16-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,764
Posted By Mike5215

I think you need to have one local audio file on...

I think you need to have one local audio file on the device. Then you should be able to launch Spotify from the phone and have it play via COMAND.
12-15-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 726
Posted By Mike5215

Take delivery in broad daylight, to expose any...

Take delivery in broad daylight, to expose any defects in the paint. The most common is burn marks (swirls) from over aggressive buffing, usually to hide scratches.

Do a top to bottom physical...
12-15-2016, 05:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,622
Posted By Mike5215

Buying a car without a test drive is kind of like...

Buying a car without a test drive is kind of like marrying a chick you've never met based on her Facebook page. You might get lucky. Then again...
12-12-2016, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,685
Posted By Mike5215

I've looked at alternate mounts but none have a...

I've looked at alternate mounts but none have a very elegant way to handle the cable, and I want to go direct from the device into COMAND via USB for audio (and charging). The ProClip's drop in mount...
12-12-2016, 11:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,673
Posted By Mike5215

Ha! I was a working drummer for many years....

Ha! I was a working drummer for many years. Honestly I'm surprised I can hear at all. In my experience, the lossless files encoded at CD quality (44,100 htz and 16 Bit Depth) actually expose more of...
12-12-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,685
Posted By Mike5215

Along the inside of the bracket, then under the...

Along the inside of the bracket, then under the edge of the console back around to the rear of the console. It's exposed from the bottom edge of the rear console and then goes in between the console...
12-09-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 869
Posted By Mike5215

TaintMatic.

TaintMatic.
12-09-2016, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,673
Posted By Mike5215

Well, it has some shortcomings, more relative to...

Well, it has some shortcomings, more relative to its design and components than the source material. MB's decision to take all of the woofers out of the doors, replace them with very bright 4"...
12-05-2016, 02:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By Mike5215

The little raised button at the rear of the...

The little raised button at the rear of the trackpad will cause a ribbon to pop up on the bottom of the navi screen showing song info and cover art (if available). It also presents forward and back...
12-03-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,814
Posted By Mike5215

Got it back late today. Love the new wheels and...

Got it back late today. Love the new wheels and C63 style diffuser and tips. Still fun to drive, but having a "real" stereo in the rental Lincoln spoiled me. The 205 is so badly hobbled by the...
12-02-2016, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 964
Posted By Mike5215

The insurance company won't require a release on...

The insurance company won't require a release on the property damage anyway so there's nothing to sign off on.

Small claims is probably the wrong venue for a diminution of value claim, and if the...
12-02-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, granted those are S Class, and the cars...

Yeah, granted those are S Class, and the cars were north of 50k miles when all the fun started, but all MB's rely on a lot of specialty parts not available aftermarket and incredibly expensive. I...
12-01-2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 964
Posted By Mike5215

Insurers report to CARFAX, and CARFAX also...

Insurers report to CARFAX, and CARFAX also accesses public records (traffic crash reports). Anything related to the car's VIN can show up, although it may not show up for months.

CARFAX does...
11-27-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,817
Posted By Mike5215

7. Photon Torpedoes

7. Photon Torpedoes
11-27-2016, 10:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,168
Posted By Mike5215

Regardless of your friendship I'd approach the...

Regardless of your friendship I'd approach the deal like I'd approach any other deal. Being lulled into a false sense of complacency can be an expensive lesson.

I'd run the car thru KBB and NADA...
11-24-2016, 08:47 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 23,314
Posted By Mike5215

The coolest damn 205 on the planet!

The coolest damn 205 on the planet!
11-24-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,404
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, Mercedes makes it easy on themselves so the...

Yeah, Mercedes makes it easy on themselves so the Sport stuff should bolt right up. I once converted a non-AMG S Class to a full body kit and every bracket and nut was the same.
11-18-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, the car is normally pitched down a bit...

Yeah, the car is normally pitched down a bit towards the front. When the struts go the wheels are right up inside the wheel wells. You'd know it if the struts were dead.
11-15-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 123,551
Posted By Mike5215

16 bit depth and 44,100 sampling rate is it I'm...

16 bit depth and 44,100 sampling rate is it I'm afraid. I'm not sure a vinyl rip needs more than that anyway. For convenience you could rip to FLAC or ALAC and use your mobile device's DAC as your...
11-11-2016, 06:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,380
Posted By Mike5215

Not that far fetched. MB roadside assistance subs...

Not that far fetched. MB roadside assistance subs out to 3rd party tow guys. They'll just drop the car on the lot wherever it's convenient. He was likely long gone when the OP realized he still...
11-11-2016, 05:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,380
Posted By Mike5215

I do normally find these posts hyperbolic as far...

I do normally find these posts hyperbolic as far as the perceived horror and outrage on the part of the owner versus the relatively benign action of the dealer.

I was on a forum once where a...
11-09-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,380
Posted By Mike5215

Well, first of all, glad everyone is safe. Could...

Well, first of all, glad everyone is safe. Could have been so much worse. Had there been an accident, the dealership would have been on the hook for the damage and injuries.

As it turned out, it...
11-04-2016, 10:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By Mike5215

I just flat out preferred the C300. Don't need...

I just flat out preferred the C300. Don't need the sound and fury of the boosted V6. Exhaust was too loud, the exhaust note itself too shrill, suspension too stiff. Performance was very good and I...
11-04-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,814
Posted By Mike5215

So a common misconception is that insurance...

So a common misconception is that insurance companies earn their profits by collecting more money in premiums than they pay out in claims. The truth is they either break even, lose a little, or...
11-04-2016, 12:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By Mike5215

If I'm not mistaken the wrist pin connects the...

If I'm not mistaken the wrist pin connects the piston to the rod. It was out of tolerance in some builds and allowed the piston to have excessive "play", which then allowed the piston to bang around...
11-03-2016, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By Mike5215

That's referred to as "capitalized cost" or "cap...

That's referred to as "capitalized cost" or "cap cost". It's the total amount financed, including depreciation, plus whatever else you fold into it, like the dealer fee, acquisition fee etc. Any cash...
11-02-2016, 09:48 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 40,611
Posted By Mike5215

Sadly, aside from Mercedes licensing the...

Sadly, aside from Mercedes licensing the Burmester name, there are no Burmester components in the 205. Not the speakers, and not the DSP amp. Burmester itself is a builder of audiophile home audio....
11-02-2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,731
Posted By Mike5215

I figured it would be more instructive to other...

I figured it would be more instructive to other members to post it here:
________________________________________________________________________

Geico Claims
[Street Address]
[City, ST, Zip]
...
11-01-2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4,918
Views: 684,346
Posted By Mike5215

Got it. Keep an eye on Midcity Engineering. They...

Got it. Keep an eye on Midcity Engineering. They make a CAN based remote starter that pairs with the Drone Mobile module to allow starting by app. I had it in my 221. Much more reliable and way...
10-31-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,731
Posted By Mike5215

Well apparently our Palladium C300 Sports are...

Well apparently our Palladium C300 Sports are actual twins. Sucks.

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10-30-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 509
Views: 100,146
Posted By Mike5215

I can tell you my 2016 C300 doesn't sound like...

I can tell you my 2016 C300 doesn't sound like that at all. I'd get it to a shop ASAP since if it's the wrist pin issue it causes progressively more damage to the cylinder walls with time.
10-29-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 48,296
Posted By Mike5215

If you're referring to engineering quality, and...

If you're referring to engineering quality, and presuming the sole measurement of that is longevity of components before failure, I don't disagree with you, but clearly iron-clad reliability at the...
10-24-2016, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,652
Posted By Mike5215

Not sure. I'd do the OEM bolts to see if they let...

Not sure. I'd do the OEM bolts to see if they let you get enough range of adjustment to bring the camber back to spec first.
10-23-2016, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,652
Posted By Mike5215

You'll wear the inner edges of your tires more...

You'll wear the inner edges of your tires more quickly but that's about it. I wouldn't sweat it.
10-21-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,069
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah. It was a used lot, and this was back in the...

Yeah. It was a used lot, and this was back in the early 90's (pre-internet) when there was no consumer resources for used car prices. All of the sources you have now...Kelly, NADA, etc were strictly...
10-14-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,069
Posted By Mike5215

No no no; I'm sure they called the police and...

No no no; I'm sure they called the police and cited the fact you were behaving aggressively as the reason they needed help. Being trespassed from private property simply means the owner no longer...
10-12-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,315
Posted By Mike5215

19" runflats and a Sport steel suspension is a...

19" runflats and a Sport steel suspension is a recipe for sidewall ruptures. There's simply not enough give in the suspension or compliance in the sidewalls to soak up imperfect surfaces. I've lost...
10-05-2016, 10:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,718
Posted By Mike5215

Exactly. The trap is when the $14,000 car needs a...

Exactly. The trap is when the $14,000 car needs a repair that's 50% of its value, does nothing to increase the value, but makes the car virtually worthless if the repair isn't completed.
10-03-2016, 10:35 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 10,925
Posted By Mike5215

Legend has it that if Gungaslow emerges in mid...

Legend has it that if Gungaslow emerges in mid October and doesn't see a C43 it means six more weeks of winter.
10-03-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Mike5215

Right. You first press down to engage the clips...

Right. You first press down to engage the clips then start slappin' to lock it down.
10-03-2016, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Mike5215

This stuff is pretty handy. Pop the cover off...

This stuff is pretty handy. Pop the cover off (use a plastic pry tool or butter knife.) Flip the cover over (prongs facing up). Cut small sections of foam tape to run along the outer edge of the...
10-01-2016, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 611
Posted By Mike5215

Typically you'd just swap the existing sensors...

Typically you'd just swap the existing sensors over to the new wheels and the car never knows the difference. They're powered by little batteries so eventually they'll die but no telling when....
09-29-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 2,474
Views: 204,852
Posted By Mike5215

Well some guy Benz55'd my new C Class so now it's...

Well some guy Benz55'd my new C Class so now it's at the shop getting some serious ass-end surgery. But I do have a *****in' Lincoln MKZ rental car so I'm pretty much living the dream. Congrats on...
09-28-2016, 09:33 PM
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Views: 5,763
Posted By Mike5215

Thanks. I ran a 3D vs the base and it does...

Thanks. I ran a 3D vs the base and it does appear that there are unique part numbers for the speakers in the 3D version, which I would presume would mean unique parts.
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09-28-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mike5215

Replacement parts mark ups are absurdly high. If...

Replacement parts mark ups are absurdly high. If you put together a C from the parts catalog it'd cost $300,000. Who generally buys replacement headlamps? Insurance companies fixing front end damage,...
09-27-2016, 10:35 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,814
Posted By Mike5215

I need to drive an E. Sounds like the E leans...

I need to drive an E. Sounds like the E leans closer to the S than the C. A more plush, relaxed cruiser vs a compact sport sedan. After a decade of piloting S Class boats I'm kind of digging the...
09-27-2016, 05:31 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 23,314
Posted By Mike5215

Because it looks very cool. You probably wouldn't...

Because it looks very cool. You probably wouldn't care for the way the car rides at that height though, so an adjustable air suspension lets you put some more air in the springs when you're on the...
09-27-2016, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,763
Posted By Mike5215

I think the vehicle noise compensation is a...

I think the vehicle noise compensation is a little more complex than speed dependent volume, and a lot less complex than noise cancellation. We tried to pin down the VNC circuit during the...
09-21-2016, 08:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,774
Posted By Mike5215

It's weird. Last year I got barely tapped in the...

It's weird. Last year I got barely tapped in the S and I was sore for a week. This time, much bigger hit and much less car but nothing. This guy literally never touched the brakes.
09-21-2016, 07:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,582
Posted By Mike5215

Swade is impossible to keep clean because...

Swade is impossible to keep clean because awesomeness clings to it.
09-05-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 379
Views: 48,296
Posted By Mike5215

I think ride quality is always relative to the...

I think ride quality is always relative to the nicest riding car you've owned. If the car on 18" RF isn't too firm for you, perfect. If not, swapping to non RF will buy you a little more compliance....
08-30-2016, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,919
Posted By Mike5215

A sport or even base car on 18" with AirMatic...

A sport or even base car on 18" with AirMatic (any version with Air is the same suspension) and Michelin Pilot Supersports rides really well. That and 4matic would be comparable to your 204 I think....
08-29-2016, 10:08 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 21,821
Posted By Mike5215

Got it. You're so unimpressed with AMG that, to...

Got it. You're so unimpressed with AMG that, to show your disdain, you stuck a bunch of fake AMG crap on your C250. Makes perfect sense if you don't think about it too much. And you've owned better...
08-28-2016, 10:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,841
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, and I'm happy with the car. You should hear...

Yeah, and I'm happy with the car. You should hear me rant when I'm miserable with one.
08-28-2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,841
Posted By Mike5215

The attention and detail lavished by its...

The attention and detail lavished by its designers on the 205's interior is class exclusive at the moment, but having owned the car for six months my take away is that it's a thin veneer laid over an...
08-25-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,316
Posted By Mike5215

Holy crap! Very ambitious. I get it though. As...

Holy crap! Very ambitious. I get it though. As pretty as the C is, she's a creaky little tub, especially compared to every S Class I've ever owned. I think I've chased down all of the dash creaks,...
08-22-2016, 08:32 AM
Replies: 2,474
Views: 204,852
Posted By Mike5215

Sure. A kid who desperately wanted to join the...

Sure. A kid who desperately wanted to join the forum bought a salvage high mileage S550 with rear end damage for $10k, hoping to restore it for another $1k in parts and the liberal use of a rubber...
08-18-2016, 09:21 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,372
Posted By Mike5215

I think if you could get a small powered sub...

I think if you could get a small powered sub under the seat(s) it would give you the bass extension you're looking for.
08-15-2016, 01:50 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 107,919
Posted By Mike5215

Although Vladarth also added a Match DSP amp. The...

Although Vladarth also added a Match DSP amp. The factory HU is probably not enough to drive the upgraded Frontbass woofer. Unless you need the trunk/rear seat pass thru often I'd do the small sub...
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