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03-22-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,672
Posted By cetialpha5

When I first bought Pentosin Super dot 4 a few...

When I first bought Pentosin Super dot 4 a few years ago, there was no LV option. They just introduced that a couple years ago. So as the car already has Super Dot 4 in it, I'm not going to switch to...
03-22-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,279
Posted By cetialpha5

Good idea. Many people just replace the upstream...

Good idea. Many people just replace the upstream ones. The rears are only there to tell you if the cats are shot. Otherwise they don't really do anything.
03-21-2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,208
Posted By cetialpha5

They do vet their drivers to make sure they have...

They do vet their drivers to make sure they have clean driver's records. Although I did hear that there was a Porche on there at one point, but someone crashed it. They had a Lotus also but then...
03-21-2019, 11:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 235
Posted By cetialpha5

I would get the car scanned. There's a bunch of...

I would get the car scanned. There's a bunch of temperature sensors that could be bad or it could be something else. At least with a scan you'll have a place to start. There's lots of scanners out...
Forum: Marketplace
03-21-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By cetialpha5

You're not buying these for $1.29 or $1.86 on...

You're not buying these for $1.29 or $1.86 on eBay and reselling them are you?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CARFAX-And-Free-Auto-check-REPORT-SERVICE-24-7-REPLY/273766737450
...
03-21-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,672
Posted By cetialpha5

On the bevo sheets, there's only one MB fluid...

On the bevo sheets, there's only one MB fluid that meets spec, no other fluids are listed.

https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/bevo-sheets-sort1.html
03-21-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,672
Posted By cetialpha5

Maybe other german makers did, but I don't think...

Maybe other german makers did, but I don't think MB ever speced an LV fluid. Haven't even seen them on the shelves til the last couple years. There's a slight difference in the fluid so I'm just...
03-21-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,672
Posted By cetialpha5

Pentosin Super Dot 4 is also widely recommended...

Pentosin Super Dot 4 is also widely recommended in the old threads. ATE might have slightly better specs. But in any event, as others said I'd only use the fluid speced for the car. System was...
03-21-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 310
Posted By cetialpha5

The E550 had different brakes than the E350,...

The E550 had different brakes than the E350, actually there were lots of complaints about the E550 but not the E350.

I used Zimmerman brake rotors and Akebono pads. Got the rotors from FCPeuro....
03-21-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 60,358
Posted By cetialpha5

He hasn't been on here since 9/2017 so it might...

He hasn't been on here since 9/2017 so it might be a while if you're waiting for a response.

I would try the vendors mentioned in the extended warranty subforum, there's 3-4 vendors mentioned all...
03-19-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,969
Posted By cetialpha5

With all due respect, I'm not sure you're...

With all due respect, I'm not sure you're following model year and calendar year. The 2017 model year was sold in 2016. It was actually unveiled in January 2016. So you're correct, we're in the 3rd...
03-19-2019, 12:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By cetialpha5

Is the button still lit when it goes halfway...

Is the button still lit when it goes halfway down? My only other thought would be that maybe the wires are half loose. There's a bundle in the trunk that ends up getting cut and that's half the...
03-19-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By cetialpha5

They don't seem to last long when there are new...

They don't seem to last long when there are new sets on there. Just keep searching for W212 wood trim. New sets seem to pop up once in a while. I think this is the part number: 2126801293
...
03-17-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,969
Posted By cetialpha5

For me, sedans have always been better than SUVs...

For me, sedans have always been better than SUVs because they have a lower center of gravity making them more stable and they handle better than their SUV counterparts. Plus they have better gas...
03-17-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,208
Posted By cetialpha5

Just a bad idea in general. There are stories...

Just a bad idea in general. There are stories where people ran gas generators in their garage and were overwhelmed by fumes and died just from opening the garage door.
03-17-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By cetialpha5

Try to normalize the system. Open and close all...

Try to normalize the system. Open and close all the windows/sunroof by holding down the buttons for at least 5 seconds after they're opened/closed. Open and close the trunk with the button on the...
Forum: Marketplace
03-17-2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By cetialpha5

You can't do better than the $2.50 price on eBay?...

You can't do better than the $2.50 price on eBay?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Auto-car-Check-Report-Full-Vehicle-History-PDF-Report-Instant-Real-Fast/202389433606
Forum: Marketplace
03-17-2019, 02:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By cetialpha5

Well just how cheap did you want it? ...

Well just how cheap did you want it?

There's used ones on eBay for about $30 (maybe yours?) and I guess new they're about $42 even on Amazon. You could probably get it for around $50 at the local...
03-17-2019, 01:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,208
Posted By cetialpha5

It depends if the cigarette lighter is still...

It depends if the cigarette lighter is still powered when the ignition is off. I think in previous models, you could set it so that the cigarette lighter was on by switching the position of a fuse.
03-16-2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By cetialpha5

While I rarely agree with Kajtek1, I'd have to...

While I rarely agree with Kajtek1, I'd have to agree that you're a cheapskate. Splurge and spend $23 on the BAFX code scanner, has over 11,000 reviews on Amazon. If you keep your cheapskate ways,...
03-16-2019, 03:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By cetialpha5

There's no extra charge for the road hazard, it's...

There's no extra charge for the road hazard, it's lumped into their $15 install charge which also includes lifetime balance and rotation. I used to go to a local chain that offered free alignments,...
03-16-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By cetialpha5

Well I don't think it would have been 1/2. But...

Well I don't think it would have been 1/2. But maybe close. Last set of tires I got at Costco were the Michelin A/S 3+, was about $670 for a set of 245/40/18's which I think is what you got. They're...
03-15-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,562
Posted By cetialpha5

You need to move closer to a bigger dealership....

You need to move closer to a bigger dealership. This one has 10 E450's sedans in stock and about another 13 E450 wagons. They have about 727 vehicles in inventory.
...
03-14-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,562
Posted By cetialpha5

Normally when negotiating a lease, it's the same...

Normally when negotiating a lease, it's the same as a purchase. You negotiate the purchase price of the car first. So regardless of whether you lease or buy, the price of the car is already fixed....
03-13-2019, 10:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 566
Posted By cetialpha5

No real advice, but maybe get a code scanner like...

No real advice, but maybe get a code scanner like the Autel Diaglink that can scan MB specific codes and maybe you'll get some transmission specific codes that will help you better troubleshoot....
03-13-2019, 10:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 824
Posted By cetialpha5

There's was a few other threads where Corteco...

There's was a few other threads where Corteco were the OEM mounts, at least for this year. They may make them for other models and aren't oem, but they are for this particular year/make. Plus FCP has...
03-11-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 532
Posted By cetialpha5

No groaning noises here, either with the previous...

No groaning noises here, either with the previous oem setup or the aftermarket Zimmerman ones. Maybe you need to grease the various parts like the pins.
Forum: W211 AMG
03-11-2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By cetialpha5

In the US, I'd tell you to look at the back of...

In the US, I'd tell you to look at the back of the wheel and get the MB part number and then search on eBay for that part number. Those E55 wheels aren't that common though and are hard to find. I...
03-10-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By cetialpha5

Not sure what you're doing. The puck only works...

Not sure what you're doing. The puck only works with the phone. For audio, you either have the aux cable or the ipod cable. The ipod cable is better. I just use a 4th gen ipod touch with Spotify and...
03-10-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By cetialpha5

Stick with the ipod. The problem with bluetooth...

Stick with the ipod. The problem with bluetooth is that it skips once a while. I have it in my W212 and I just put up with it. At least with the ipod, you can control the music with the steering...
03-10-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 532
Posted By cetialpha5

I have the Zimmerman rotors on my 2011 with the...

I have the Zimmerman rotors on my 2011 with the Akebono pads. Regular Akebono pads only have a 30 day warranty. If you get the pads and rotors from FCPeuro, they have a lifetime warranty on all the...
03-09-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 777
Posted By cetialpha5

With Mercedes it's the exact opposite. It's got...

With Mercedes it's the exact opposite. It's got the luxury car name so people buy them without the options. Very hard to find a used one that's loaded for that reason. If you add up all the options,...
Forum: W212 AMG
03-09-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,346
Posted By cetialpha5

Pepboys also has a $40 rebate on their Champion...

Pepboys also has a $40 rebate on their Champion battery so it's more like $135 after rebate.

https://pepboysrebates.rewardpromo.com/#/home/current-offers
03-09-2019, 01:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By cetialpha5

I would also check the pilot bushing/transmission...

I would also check the pilot bushing/transmission connector, sometimes those get soaked in transmission fluid.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mercedes-auto-trans-connector-2035400053
Forum: W212 AMG
03-08-2019, 07:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,346
Posted By cetialpha5

Yes a lot of people like them for the lifetime...

Yes a lot of people like them for the lifetime warranty the have on all parts sold. Even oil. People buy an oil kit and then send back the old oil and it gets credited back to them. That's a little...
03-08-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 681
Posted By cetialpha5

You are not searching for the right part number....

You are not searching for the right part number. 21291073468P26

Here's a previous thread with more detail and instructions.
...
03-08-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 681
Posted By cetialpha5

If you really want to know, you should get a copy...

If you really want to know, you should get a copy of the WIS or search for ripped seat repair, I believe there's a few threads where the whole instructions are posted. It's not too bad as long as you...
03-07-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,562
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe MB is one of the few manufacturers that...

I believe MB is one of the few manufacturers that doesn't charge the destination fee when doing European deliver which will add a little over 1% more to the standard 7% discount. There's a European...
03-07-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

Who's to say? How about MB? They're the ones that...

Who's to say? How about MB? They're the ones that publish the spec and maintain the list of oils that meet their standard. The oil mentioned isn't on their list.
...
03-07-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 681
Posted By cetialpha5

That looks like the seat cushion. If the center...

That looks like the seat cushion. If the center of the cushion hasn't ripped yet, I'd wait til it does and then just replace the seat cushion cover. It comes as one piece and I think it's a little...
03-07-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By cetialpha5

Sorry, I guess you're SOL then, warranty...

Sorry, I guess you're SOL then, warranty extension was only in the US, pretty much everyone else anywhere else is SOL. You didn't have a location listed and many here are in the US.
03-07-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By cetialpha5

For the repair manual, you would get a copy of...

For the repair manual, you would get a copy of the WIS which you can either pay about $6.50 for a knock off copy on eBay, or pay $60 for 24 hour access to MB's Startek system and download as much as...
03-06-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By cetialpha5

For those SBC errors, don't delete them, just...

For those SBC errors, don't delete them, just take it to the MB dealer. They extended the warranty on SBC to 25 years so it should be covered.
03-06-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By cetialpha5

Depends on what size they use. I've seen Audi...

Depends on what size they use. I've seen Audi work on Mercedes. Typically you see it mentioned as a 5x112 rim. I think you might need to know the offset too with regular rims, no idea about donuts....
03-06-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 317
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, usually you have to give them a reason, the...

Yeah, usually you have to give them a reason, the won't do the update if you just ask. I got my upgrade at the dealer by telling them that my bluetooth cuts out once in a while and sometimes people...
03-06-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 824
Posted By cetialpha5

I have the same color and year, but it's a sedan....

I have the same color and year, but it's a sedan.

Let me know how you make out on the front struts. I was just going to replace all of mine, spring, strut and mount. I already did the rear spring...
03-06-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By cetialpha5

I suppose you could always pick up a donut tire...

I suppose you could always pick up a donut tire from a junkyard easily enough. But you could always just get a replica rim or a used/refurbished OEM rim on eBay and just have a full size spare if...
03-06-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

I feel it's a BS type statement because the only...

I feel it's a BS type statement because the only way it'd really get screwed up is if the tech screws up the update, like the battery dies in the middle of the update or it gets disconnected in the...
03-06-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

There's nothing to mess up as you're not using it...

There's nothing to mess up as you're not using it now anyway! They just say that to cover themselves. Last time I did it, I used one of those $125 off $250+ service coupons. Should be another one...
03-06-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,099
Posted By cetialpha5

What makes you think it was ignored? I think they...

What makes you think it was ignored? I think they do some things on purpose so that the dealers will be able to stay in business performing various services. I think the worse lately is the...
03-06-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,099
Posted By cetialpha5

Oh yeah, those service specials are usually 2-3...

Oh yeah, those service specials are usually 2-3 times a year, I think a spring one which could start in April, another one in the fall and one more in the winter. Typically anywhere from $100-$150...
03-06-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

For common repair parts like the thermostat,...

For common repair parts like the thermostat, tensioner/pulleys, brakes, suspension, there are aftermarket parts but certain specialized parts are dealer only so those can still be expensive. The W212...
03-06-2019, 02:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,074
Posted By cetialpha5

I think you're the first to mention hate. ...

I think you're the first to mention hate.

It's the same issue as the balance shaft in the 2006 E350. Only affects a certain percentage, but it's good to know about it when you're considering...
03-06-2019, 01:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,074
Posted By cetialpha5

Well good luck in the AMG forums. Off the bat,...

Well good luck in the AMG forums. Off the bat, the E63 has head bolt issues so that's usually the number one question to ask, were the head bolts replaced. Didn't get fixed til 2011. Plus wait til...
03-06-2019, 01:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By cetialpha5

It's a well known problem. The socket rusts out....

It's a well known problem. The socket rusts out. You can just buy a new socket around $10 or so and just replace it. Or you could try cleaning it, but it'd be a short term fix. I did that and after...
03-06-2019, 12:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,654
Posted By cetialpha5

I knew someone who loved to use them. They use to...

I knew someone who loved to use them. They use to have the lowest price on lots of things and no one could touch them. Now when he just got quotes recently they were much higher than everyone else.
03-06-2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,099
Posted By cetialpha5

Yes, that's the price. You should have gotten a...

Yes, that's the price. You should have gotten a maintenance package from the vendors mentioned in the extended warranty subforum. I think there's also a transmission fluid change at 70k so you could...
03-06-2019, 12:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

Pretty much all the W212 had bluetooth audio. I...

Pretty much all the W212 had bluetooth audio. I think for 2010, it might not have been enabled, but either the dealer could do it or there's some old threads on here on how to get into the menus to...
03-05-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

The 2010 and 2011 have the M272 engine and...

The 2010 and 2011 have the M272 engine and there's been just a few people that have reported this problem here in the W212 forum. However the M272 engine came out in 2006 on the W211 and if you...
03-04-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

It's true that most of them are sold that way. I...

It's true that most of them are sold that way. I bought it because it was a luxury car and I wanted mine to have luxury features. They're hard to find, took me a while to find one with P2 (keyless go...
03-04-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 908
Posted By cetialpha5

Short answer, faded wood trim, ripped seat,...

Short answer, faded wood trim, ripped seat, thermostat, tensioner/pulleys, motor mounts, Mileage is also a factor as the intake manifold will need to be replaced somewhere in the 120-200k range.
03-04-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Posted By cetialpha5

Not only that, but the oil from the filters tend...

Not only that, but the oil from the filters tend to coat various sensors like the MAF sensor and then you have to clean it or you get problems. They may have made sense in the past, but not for...
03-02-2019, 12:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
Posted By cetialpha5

I've gotten conflicting information in the past,...

I've gotten conflicting information in the past, but if your rear driver's side door handle works, try swapping that with the front. It might fit. Some say they can be swapped others say not, but...
02-28-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

Sorry, I'm an engineer. I read specs. If the...

Sorry, I'm an engineer. I read specs. If the manufacturer specs something, I think you should be fine if you use the spec the manufacturer calls for. You should have a good reason to go off spec. You...
02-28-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,161
Posted By cetialpha5

You should make sure that they have a rental for...

You should make sure that they have a rental for you when doing the airbag. MB should pay for it. Just make sure you call a few days in advance and have them reserve a car for you.
02-28-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

That's a completely different spec of oil on the...

That's a completely different spec of oil on the 10w30 vs the normal 0w40 which is speced for European cars. What's true of one spec doesn't mean it's true for another. Plus it doesn't have 229.5...
02-28-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

I was referring to the AmazonBasics oil. They...

I was referring to the AmazonBasics oil. They have no 229.5 approval although they come in 5w40 and 0w40 weights and say European on it.

Usually Amazonbasics is decent compared to brand names,...
02-27-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,437
Posted By cetialpha5

Well that may be 17 inch tires. Two bent rims in...

Well that may be 17 inch tires. Two bent rims in 2 years, one flat. In 4 years on the 18 inch set of wheels, 3 bent rims, one crack rim and at least 4+ flat tires, but one of those was fixed with a...
02-27-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

I don't know what that means. So if you get two...

I don't know what that means. So if you get two jugs of Mobil 1 0w40 for about $13.47 each after the $12 rebate, did you get what you paid for?
02-27-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,601
Posted By cetialpha5

They do that about twice a year. If they keep the...

They do that about twice a year. If they keep the same schedule, the next rebate should kick in March 1 - May 31st. They usually allow for two 5 quart jugs. And they explicitly exclude Amazon from...
02-27-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,437
Posted By cetialpha5

In the city. Lots of potholes now from...

In the city. Lots of potholes now from freeze/thaws and snow.
02-27-2019, 02:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,437
Posted By cetialpha5

If you're switching to 19 to avoid flats and...

If you're switching to 19 to avoid flats and fixing wheels, keep going. I have 17 inch stock wheels, 245/45/17 and I still get flats and bent wheels. Not as often as the 18 on my W211 though.
You'd...
02-26-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, but I got Energizer batteries before and...

Yeah, but I got Energizer batteries before and they only lasted 4 months, same deal as the dealer Panasonic batteries. Never had mine last more than 6 months. Don't know if it's because I'm in the...
02-26-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

It was mentioned in one of the old threads.

It was mentioned in one of the old threads.
02-26-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

Well no. They're $3.32 for 10 on eBay. Whether...

Well no. They're $3.32 for 10 on eBay. Whether they're real or not is a different question.
...
02-26-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By cetialpha5

While that's possible it's not very common. It's...

While that's possible it's not very common. It's why you have insurance. If you're worried about that, you mind as well worry about people with tow trucks stealing your car. Or people with a bump key...
02-26-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

Hitting the lock button twice shuts it off so it...

Hitting the lock button twice shuts it off so it no longer responds to requests from the car. If you hit the unlock button, it wakes it up. You can either put the key in a faraday cage to block the...
02-26-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

Did you have keyless go in all those cars?

Did you have keyless go in all those cars?
02-26-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 214
Sticky SBC and NHTSA
Views: 69,569
Posted By cetialpha5

I have no idea if they take the counter value...

I have no idea if they take the counter value into consideration. That would be you asking and letting us know! I believe based on past threads, you get a warning message once the counter hits a...
02-26-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

I've never had my batteries last more than 4...

I've never had my batteries last more than 4 months. Even when I had them changed by the dealer, they only lasted about 4 months. I keep my spare keys next to each other though and I have two keyless...
02-26-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 214
Sticky SBC and NHTSA
Views: 69,569
Posted By cetialpha5

Remember, it's a 25 year extended warranty. Not a...

Remember, it's a 25 year extended warranty. Not a recall. A recall means they do the work regardless if it failed or not. With an extended warranty, they just fix it when it breaks, not before. I...
02-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

It's a problem on the W211. It's a rubber...

It's a problem on the W211. It's a rubber membrane that covers the switches on both the lock and unlock bits. Water eventually gets in and corrodes the switches so that when you hit them, they no...
02-25-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

Normally when I order any MB parts online I...

Normally when I order any MB parts online I always include the VIN to make sure they send me the right parts.
02-25-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 60,358
Posted By cetialpha5

You do realize that the OP hasn't been on here...

You do realize that the OP hasn't been on here since 8/2017 so you're unlikely to get a response right?
02-25-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

Did you install it and did it fit? Would be nice...

Did you install it and did it fit? Would be nice if they decided to update it. But if it looks like the W212 handle which just has an impression of a square on the handle, then I could see it not...
02-25-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By cetialpha5

I view datamb.com like the knock off copy of...

I view datamb.com like the knock off copy of EPC/WIS which you can get online on eBay for $6. But it's a static database and who knows how often they update it.
...
02-25-2019, 04:40 PM
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Views: 915
Posted By cetialpha5

It's possible that you hit the lock button on the...

It's possible that you hit the lock button on the key fob twice. If you do that, it disables the keyless go function. I never hit the buttons on my fob so it always works.
02-25-2019, 04:24 PM
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Views: 717
Posted By cetialpha5

The star hood ornament is pretty standard on many...

The star hood ornament is pretty standard on many models. At first I didn't like it either and swore that if it ever got damaged, I'd just replace it with a flat badge. They're all the same size so...
02-25-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By cetialpha5

What's the voltage of the battery? Store ones...

What's the voltage of the battery? Store ones tend to be old and don't have as much of a charge. Plus all the fakes out there....

Also things like a phone would tend to block the signal. Mine...
02-25-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By cetialpha5

Did you try replacing the battery? Get a...

Did you try replacing the battery? Get a voltmeter and check the battery. New they should be 3.25-3.35 volts. I get the warning message when they drop down to 3.06. They start to act funny when the...
02-25-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By cetialpha5

I wouldn't read too much into that, mine varies...

I wouldn't read too much into that, mine varies all the time depending on whether I drive in the city or the highway. Winter gas also has less BTU than summer gas. There's lots of factors, tire...
02-25-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By cetialpha5

Did you try the other key and have you changed...

Did you try the other key and have you changed the battery in your fob? I don't have any problems with mine. You could also get it scanned, sometimes the antenna goes bad and other components. But I...
02-24-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 956
Posted By cetialpha5

I buy Energizers on eBay. They last 3-4 months....

I buy Energizers on eBay. They last 3-4 months. Normally they're anywhere from 3.25-3.35 volts. I'm guessing the ones he bought have been sitting around too long. I usually get the warning message at...
02-24-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By cetialpha5

Get a voltmeter and check the voltage of the...

Get a voltmeter and check the voltage of the battery. Just sounds like a dead battery that you kept driving. Charging it up might help if you don't drive the car often enough, it won't get charged up...
02-22-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By cetialpha5

The regular ATF 134 is red and ATF 134 FE is blue.

The regular ATF 134 is red and ATF 134 FE is blue.
02-22-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By cetialpha5

I don't think that applies because the headlights...

I don't think that applies because the headlights are supposed to autolevel for the bixenons. It's supposed to adjust automatically if your suspension is low for whatever reason. One beam slightly...
02-22-2019, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By cetialpha5

Can't really help you, but someone else might. If...

Can't really help you, but someone else might. If you wanted to figure it out yourself, you probably need a copy of EPC/WIS. You can buy a knock off copy on eBay for around $6 in the US, not sure...
02-21-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Posted By cetialpha5

Just stick with the factory plugs. They're only...

Just stick with the factory plugs. They're only designed to go in one way so they're properly indexed. Also you don't want plugs that last 100k, if you don't change the plugs for 10 years, it may get...
02-21-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe it depends on the transmission. At one...

I believe it depends on the transmission. At one point in 2011 they changed from ATF 134 to ATF 134 FE. One is red and the other is blue. You would probably need the build date and the transmission...
02-21-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Posted By cetialpha5

The difference is that the M276 uses a multi...

The difference is that the M276 uses a multi spark ignition system where the spark plugs fire up to four times per cycle. You didn't have that in the old engine. Newer models may do it even more. I'd...
02-20-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By cetialpha5

That's rather low mileage for needing new...

That's rather low mileage for needing new airmatic struts. In the US, they can last for 100k miles or more. I believe you're stuck with MB for the fronts, it's usually just Arnott that makes...
02-20-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By cetialpha5

It was in his profile which was a 2011 E350 which...

It was in his profile which was a 2011 E350 which is the same car I have.
02-20-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 60,358
Posted By cetialpha5

Well if you checked his profile, the last time he...

Well if you checked his profile, the last time he logged in was 8/2017 so it's been a while since he's been on here.
02-20-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,283
Posted By cetialpha5

Read his past posts, they don't always make...

Read his past posts, they don't always make sense. Now that I think of it, there aren't too many medications that I'm taking that require a x-ray. I'm not sure you'd want one for everything too,...
02-20-2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By cetialpha5

There's not too much you can set on them, mostly...

There's not too much you can set on them, mostly they just adjust toe and pretty much all shops with an alignment machine can do it. If you need bolts, then you probably have other suspension...
02-20-2019, 12:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 485
Posted By cetialpha5

It's probably ok to drive long distances. Maybe...

It's probably ok to drive long distances. Maybe not great for the tires. Usually when you get it aligned, they inspect for suspension damage, but not all shops do that so you might want to ask. Lots...
02-20-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By cetialpha5

There's two sensors, one in the front and the...

There's two sensors, one in the front and the back. If you didn't get a warning on the dash about the brake pads, you can just reuse the sensors. They wear away and once they're open, you get a...
02-20-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By cetialpha5

Wahler is the OEM maker of the thermostat and...

Wahler is the OEM maker of the thermostat and it's pretty common that they fail open. I think I got mine on Amazon. Didn't need to bleed the system, you lose a little coolant when you swap it out,...
Forum: W212 AMG
02-19-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By cetialpha5

Do you have a copy of the WIS? On eBay in the US,...

Do you have a copy of the WIS? On eBay in the US, they sell it for around $6 and you just download the whole thing.
...
02-19-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, there are lots of other places that can do...

Yeah, there are lots of other places that can do alignments. Usually places like Goodyear, Firestone, NTB etc offer 3-5 year tire alignment warranties which cost about as much as a single one at the...
02-19-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe the Bixenons are actually brighter than...

I believe the Bixenons are actually brighter than the LEDs and they got rid of the headlamp washers with the LEDs.
02-19-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe there's a youtube video for the W211...

I believe there's a youtube video for the W211 with the headlamp washers on, but I don't remember finding one for the W212 a while ago. I suppose you could make one and put it online.
02-19-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,283
Posted By cetialpha5

While that's true about some indys, it's pretty...

While that's true about some indys, it's pretty hard to screw up a brake job, probably one of the easiest things to do after an oil change. I would have done it myself except it was in the winter and...
02-19-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,283
Posted By cetialpha5

The tensioner, pulleys and belts are known to go....

The tensioner, pulleys and belts are known to go. I replaced them on both cars. It was bad at the 60k mark on my 2008. While they may last longer, it starts making noise and it doesn't sound right. ...
02-19-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 283
Posted By cetialpha5

And it's a 25 year extended warranty in the US,...

And it's a 25 year extended warranty in the US, not a recall. Recalls mean that they have to take the car back and replace/fix whatever is defective. The extended warranty just means they have to fix...
02-18-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By cetialpha5

Try your local tire shop, they may be able to...

Try your local tire shop, they may be able to recommend someone. I found a guy that was close to me on Yelp. They were $95 to fix a bent rim and another $20 if you need them mounted/balanced....
02-18-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe sometime in 2007 they got rid of the...

I believe sometime in 2007 they got rid of the button for the headlamp washers for the W211. With the headlights on, you have to squirt the windshield washer fluid 5 times before the headlamp washers...
02-18-2019, 06:56 PM
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Views: 31,491
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah same here. Rather have one with normal...

Yeah same here. Rather have one with normal mileage. That's probably way too high even for a 2010 with such low mileage. You get a slight boost for low mileage but not that much.

As for one with...
02-18-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

You can check with the vendors mentioned in the...

You can check with the vendors mentioned in the extended warranty subforum. As others mentioned they're cheaper than the dealer. Not sure when the deadline to buy it is, but I think it's usually...
02-18-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

The factory warranty is 4/50k, with CPO, they...

The factory warranty is 4/50k, with CPO, they just have the factory warranty expiring after 4 years and you get 1 year of CPO unless you want to buy two more years. CPO isn't the same as the factory...
02-15-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

Check the vendor you bought the parts from. I'm...

Check the vendor you bought the parts from. I'm pretty sure it's a 2 year warranty on parts. I think it's just one year/12k for labor.
...
02-15-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By cetialpha5

What's the actual voltage of the alternator?...

What's the actual voltage of the alternator? Switch to the temperature display with the car off and hit the reset button 3 times. Should display voltage. Should be around 14 volts when driving...
02-15-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

That's an interesting question. Usually they ask...

That's an interesting question. Usually they ask for the vin when ordering parts. Not sure if they attach the vin to your order so they can just look it up. Otherwise if you bought it online, you...
02-14-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By cetialpha5

Keep close track of them, MB parts have a 2 year...

Keep close track of them, MB parts have a 2 year warranty. Should be able to get another one if it's been less than 24 months. My driver's side is getting flaky but hasn't failed yet. That's the only...
02-13-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By cetialpha5

Check the voltage, if you're above 11.5, you're...

Check the voltage, if you're above 11.5, you're good to go for a while. My 2008 has the same factory battery, has an 11/2007 date stamp on it. Depending on the temperature, it's anywhere from 11.5-12...
02-13-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By cetialpha5

Well it's not like it's on all the time. I just...

Well it's not like it's on all the time. I just leave it alone, it comes on an off as needed. If it were on all the time, then yeah, it'd look stupid. Lots of cars do weird things now, usually if you...
02-13-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 427
Posted By cetialpha5

Have you tried the pano fix? ...

Have you tried the pano fix?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bstJIXYNnzg&feature=youtu.be
02-12-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 734
Posted By cetialpha5

I believe it was available on the W211 when they...

I believe it was available on the W211 when they came out in 2003. But it was a very rare option, very few cars had it. Same with the W212, not as rare, but still not seen often.
02-12-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 427
Posted By cetialpha5

The pano in my W211 doesn't really make that much...

The pano in my W211 doesn't really make that much noise, sqeaks a little over certain bumps, but that's about it. The pano on my W212 on the other hand makes lots of cracking noise. The bolts get...
02-12-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By cetialpha5

Just an FYI, normally you can just delete the...

Just an FYI, normally you can just delete the stuff after the ? in the URL so your link is really:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-15A-Battery-Charger-with-40A-Engine-Start/38243759

And if...
02-12-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By cetialpha5

I have the bixenons and yeah, active cornering...

I have the bixenons and yeah, active cornering illumination is on. It's a nice touch, it comes on slowly and fades slowly so it's not an abrupt on/off situation. No one has actually told me mine was...
02-12-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By cetialpha5

You should wait a bit for the Mobil 1, they...

You should wait a bit for the Mobil 1, they normally have a $12 rebate starting in March for up to two 5 quart jugs. The Mann filters you can get on rockauto.com. They're also pretty good about...
02-11-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By cetialpha5

You're missing the part about the cost to install...

You're missing the part about the cost to install those $500 parts. They have to take the engine apart to put those in. With a used engine, you just put in the used engine, no need to take it apart...
02-11-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

You can try, but I bet you get the same answer....

You can try, but I bet you get the same answer. There's a reason those vendors are selling them, the local stores aren't coming down on price.
02-11-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,084
Posted By cetialpha5

I just use a Garmin dash mount. It just sits on...

I just use a Garmin dash mount. It just sits on the dash so you're not attaching anything to the dash or windshield.

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-11280-02-Friction-Mount/dp/B0035JL4V2
...
02-11-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By cetialpha5

There are some advantages of buying them used. Or...

There are some advantages of buying them used. Or don't buy the first year of a new model which was basically what the 2006 was as the 3.5 liter engine replaced the previous 3.2 liter engine. The...
02-10-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By cetialpha5

It's pretty standard. Single source of failure....

It's pretty standard. Single source of failure. You want to have multiple brands in case there's a problem at a particular factory, strike or whatever reason. Otherwise with just one supplier, any...
02-10-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,084
Posted By cetialpha5

I just use the cell phone. It's nice having the...

I just use the cell phone. It's nice having the map though but mine is out of date. I have a decent large sized phone and I also use a dashboard mount for the phone so I'm not holding it. Only...
02-10-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By cetialpha5

You know you can also buy a knock off copy of the...

You know you can also buy a knock off copy of the WIS on eBay right? It's about $6.
...
02-10-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 337
Posted By cetialpha5

Not too big a deal, it's not that old. Change the...

Not too big a deal, it's not that old. Change the oil and change the transmission fluid. You could also do the coolant if you like, but I think it's a 15 year change interval so it's not like it's...
02-09-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 61,559
Posted By cetialpha5

Yes, but that's for the US market. We never got...

Yes, but that's for the US market. We never got an E200 in the US so the warranty wouldn't apply in a different country.
02-09-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 785
Posted By cetialpha5

Well you could always measure it with this butt...

Well you could always measure it with this butt dyno.

http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=8
02-09-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous. My indy will do an...

Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous. My indy will do an oil change and tire rotation for $20 if you bring the oil and filter to him. $45 at the dealer is top dollar. When you buy tires at a place like...
02-09-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By cetialpha5

Actually it's cheaper to replace the engine. In...

Actually it's cheaper to replace the engine. In order to do the repair, you have to buy the parts and remove the engine, do the repair and reinstall it. With a used engine, you just remove and...
02-09-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,077
Posted By cetialpha5

That's the best part, you don't have to hire him,...

That's the best part, you don't have to hire him, he's just going to show up tomorrow with his tools and start working.
02-09-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,077
Posted By cetialpha5

Are you familiar with the name? Frank Rizzo, he's...

Are you familiar with the name? Frank Rizzo, he's an auto mechanic, from the Jerky boys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-VQtEfbTU
02-08-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 785
Posted By cetialpha5

It's definitely measurable. Probably more...

It's definitely measurable. Probably more accurate to say cold air typically has less water vapor than hot humid air. It's a standard phenomenon when flying. Hot summer weather a prop plane doesn't...
02-08-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,077
Posted By cetialpha5

In the W211 you could add an extra hook, but in...

In the W211 you could add an extra hook, but in the W212 there's only room for one hook.
02-08-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By cetialpha5

It's a manufacturing defect. Frequent oil changes...

It's a manufacturing defect. Frequent oil changes won't help when the sprockets were made with a softer metal than expected.
02-08-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 785
Posted By cetialpha5

Cool air has more oxygen in it than hot air. So...

Cool air has more oxygen in it than hot air. So if you run a fixed air/fuel mixture, you get more power with cool air than hot air.
02-08-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,077
Posted By cetialpha5

You can pick them up on eBay for around...

You can pick them up on eBay for around $100-$150.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Mercedes-Benz-E-Class-Sedan-W213-Trunk-Comfort-Box-Storage/123634014614
02-07-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By cetialpha5

I would view it like smoking. There's no safe...

I would view it like smoking. There's no safe amount of smoking, but some smoke and are still alive very late in life. There's no actual safe mileage where you can rest assured it won't happen to...
02-07-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By cetialpha5

Read the old threads. The E320 wasn't exactly a...

Read the old threads. The E320 wasn't exactly a bed of roses. Avoid the 2003 as that was the first year and had many problems, the major one being the leaking radiator that trashes your transmission....
02-07-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By cetialpha5

There are some sets on eBay. OEM retail is about...

There are some sets on eBay. OEM retail is about 3k, but even online MB dealers are about 2k. In the past they were as low as $200-$300 for a used set, but those might fade again in the future. Best...
02-07-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By cetialpha5

There's still cheap ones out there. There are...

There's still cheap ones out there. There are even a few under $20, but those are from China and would take a month for it to ship. Here's one in the US for $25. Or you could just eyeball it....
...
02-07-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By cetialpha5

You do realize that you can buy one for $5-$10 on...

You do realize that you can buy one for $5-$10 on eBay and you can even just get a caliper for about $9 on Amazon. I already have one so didn't cost any extra to measure it.
...
02-07-2019, 12:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,942
Posted By cetialpha5

It was covered under the factory warranty. Once...

It was covered under the factory warranty. Once the factory warranty expired, it wasn't covered under either CPO or ELW as it was considered cosmetic and those aren't covered under those warranties....
02-06-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By cetialpha5

Well there's a reason that the 2006 are so cheap....

Well there's a reason that the 2006 are so cheap. Most people know about the balance shaft problems. You could also get a 2007, would be slightly cheaper, you just have to run it through a vin...
Forum: W212 AMG
02-06-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 900
Posted By cetialpha5

You do realize that the reason the salesman was...

You do realize that the reason the salesman was pushing the aftermarket warranty was because the profit margin on it is much higher than a CPO or ELW right? You can go the extended warranty subforum...
02-06-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By cetialpha5

It's going to cost you way more than $1500 to get...

It's going to cost you way more than $1500 to get it fixed unless you know how to pull and engine and replace the parts yourself. The parts are only a few hundred, it's just the labor that's...
02-06-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By cetialpha5

The downstream sensors shouldn't be going. They...

The downstream sensors shouldn't be going. They usually indicate the cat is bad. I would change the upstream ones first. What code are you getting? Maybe it's the brand of sensor you're installing....
02-06-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By cetialpha5

Well Nadaguide.com, kbb, etc are the usual places...

Well Nadaguide.com, kbb, etc are the usual places people look for car values. With that high a mileage, nadaguide says about $4500 for clean trade in, $6k retail. So if you're lucky and it's in good...
02-06-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By cetialpha5

The other things like brakes, belt, tensioner are...

The other things like brakes, belt, tensioner are just basic maintenance. For the brakes, if you measure the rotors, you might even be able to get away with just buying the pads as sometimes if it's...
02-06-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,048
Posted By cetialpha5

There's only about 3 companies that actually make...

There's only about 3 companies that actually make batteries, Johnson Controls International or JCI, Exide and East Penn. JCI is the oem maker of Varta which is who MB uses for their OEM batteries....
02-06-2019, 02:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By cetialpha5

The Pierburg manifold is around $600. Plus labor....

The Pierburg manifold is around $600. Plus labor. As mentioned above, if you plan on keeping the car for a while, you should replace the manifold. The interior flaps get gummed up and eventually...
02-06-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

While that's true, it may be a few hundred less...

While that's true, it may be a few hundred less for the two additional years of CPO vs 3 on an ELW, as mentioned earlier, a non CPO car could be about 5k cheaper so the few hundred you save on the...
02-04-2019, 11:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

Go to the extended warranty subforum and contact...

Go to the extended warranty subforum and contact one of the many vendors mentioned those posts. Give them your vin and ask them if it qualifies for the extended limited warranty.
...
02-04-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By cetialpha5

CPO and ELW are two separate warranties. As...

CPO and ELW are two separate warranties. As others mentioned, it's either one or the other. If you get it from an MB dealer, it has to be CPO or nothing. If you buy it without a CPO warranty, you...
02-04-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By cetialpha5

You have the M272 engine. It's very common for...

You have the M272 engine. It's very common for those items to go. Mine went in the 60k range on my 2008. On the 2011, at a little over 90k, it started making a whining noise. You could wait til it...
02-02-2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By cetialpha5

How about some basic info like price and mileage?...

How about some basic info like price and mileage? Those are probably the top two items to mention when selling a car.

The onus is always on the seller to list a price. If you don't know, go to...
02-01-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By cetialpha5

I usually get a 3 year alignment warranty at...

I usually get a 3 year alignment warranty at Goodyear, it's about $169 for that. Worth it if you get more than 2 as the lowest price for an alignment is at least $70 around here. There's other places...
02-01-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By cetialpha5

I don't believe in lowering the suspension, it's...

I don't believe in lowering the suspension, it's low enough as it is. With the old springs, I felt that the car bottomed out at one point over certain bumps and some of my under body panels are...
02-01-2019, 01:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By cetialpha5

I did the rear springs on mine, they did settle a...

I did the rear springs on mine, they did settle a little as it had over 100k. Mine was 4matic though so it had a different set of dots which were just one red and one green. The rears weren't that...
01-29-2019, 01:16 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

LED wasn't until 2014. That's a bixenon headlamp,...

LED wasn't until 2014. That's a bixenon headlamp, it has the headlamp washer. The list price for a headlamp is close to 2k, although maybe you can get close to $1500 when buying online and they're a...
01-29-2019, 02:10 AM
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Posted By cetialpha5

Did you check all the doors both lock and unlock?...

Did you check all the doors both lock and unlock? The door handles are also known to go, but it could be an antenna or something else. Best bet is to get it scanned and see what error codes you're...
01-29-2019, 02:08 AM
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Views: 437
Posted By cetialpha5

Well the 2003 also had the bad radiators that...

Well the 2003 also had the bad radiators that would cause antifreeze contamination with the transmission which is why it's important that it shifts smoothly. Otherwise once the antifreeze mixes with...
01-28-2019, 11:30 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

Well the 2006 was well known to have balance...

Well the 2006 was well known to have balance shaft problems. You should get a scanner that reads MB codes though to get a more complete diagnoses. What are the codes you're getting now? Misfires are...
01-28-2019, 10:41 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

I've been doing that for years and it's never...

I've been doing that for years and it's never really come up but it's always understood that there's of course no labor warranty on the parts if it's bad which I'm fine with, most of the time they're...
01-28-2019, 09:13 PM
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Views: 1,406
Posted By cetialpha5

FCPEuro sells the Zimmerman rotors for around...

FCPEuro sells the Zimmerman rotors for around $170 for the pair and the Akebono pads are about $95. The indy should be anywhere from $50-$100 for labor, maybe a little more. Lots of them don't like...
01-27-2019, 01:51 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

I'm not surprised about the number for Genesis as...

I'm not surprised about the number for Genesis as they didn't sell that many compared to the E-class. As for those other makes, not sure about which sites you're on. There's only a few for MB. The...
01-25-2019, 11:24 PM
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Views: 395
Posted By cetialpha5

And just an note as someone of you already know,...

And just an note as someone of you already know, Mercedes like to spell it as comand, I forget what it's supposed to stand for, not command.

As for which version, I believe it's NTG5.1 that...
01-25-2019, 10:59 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

I have the pano roof in both cars although I...

I have the pano roof in both cars although I hardly ever use it. Mostly it's nice because it lets in lots of light and it's a different view. Passengers usually enjoy it in the rare instances when I...
01-25-2019, 10:50 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

I think getting it fixed shouldn't be too big a...

I think getting it fixed shouldn't be too big a deal. Mine did that once after changing the battery. I normalized everything again by opening and closing the sunroof and holding down the button for a...
01-25-2019, 10:45 PM
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Views: 411
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, I'm glad I got a good indy who doesn't care...

Yeah, I'm glad I got a good indy who doesn't care whether the car has Ford or Toyota or Mercedes on the hood, the price is basically by the job so when he wanted $50 to do front brakes and it was...
01-25-2019, 10:41 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

If anything, I would think a spoiler would make...

If anything, I would think a spoiler would make gas mileage worse not better. At high speeds, the surface area can act like a wing and provide lift to the car. That would be bad for handling though...
01-25-2019, 01:17 PM
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Posted By cetialpha5

I thought the point of them were for engine...

I thought the point of them were for engine performance at low and high rpm. I guess if you drive conservatively and don't get the revs up, then maybe they don't switch. If you search the old threads...
01-25-2019, 01:26 AM
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Views: 1,002
Posted By cetialpha5

Yeah, you came to an enthusiast forum and you're...

Yeah, you came to an enthusiast forum and you're not an enthusiast. I have the active cornering illumination on both my cars, it's very cool. When driving on the road in a curve, it lights up the...
01-24-2019, 01:11 PM
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Views: 609
Posted By cetialpha5

I would run the car for a while so the system can...

I would run the car for a while so the system can stay running. I can't really remember it that well, but I recall popping it in and then just driving around for a bit, it was a little flaky at first...
01-24-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 609
Posted By cetialpha5

Yep that's pretty much it. It may take a little...

Yep that's pretty much it. It may take a little while to load initially, but give it time to load/do updates and it should be fine.
01-24-2019, 01:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By cetialpha5

That would probably explain why Zimmermanns are...

That would probably explain why Zimmermanns are cheaper that most other sets out there. Quality must be decent if FCP euro is willing to warranty them for life. I got a set. Seems fine so far. Don't...
01-24-2019, 12:57 AM
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Views: 583
Posted By cetialpha5

Some of Autozone's items have a lifetime warranty...

Some of Autozone's items have a lifetime warranty and some don't. I got my alternator from them, they're basically local so it was easy to return the core and with the lifetime warranty if I need one...
01-23-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By cetialpha5

The FCP Euro lifetime warranty is for real. And...

The FCP Euro lifetime warranty is for real. And yes, Akebono only comes with a 30 day warranty and they're what I have on my car now. I think I got them for under $70 from Amazon and they're around...
01-23-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By cetialpha5

Also those issues are common with the pilot...

Also those issues are common with the pilot bushing being shot and wicking transmission fluid. Try replacing it. Mine did the same thing til it was replaced, now it's smooth again. The one from FCP...
01-23-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By cetialpha5

Could be the brake light switch. Like others...

Could be the brake light switch. Like others said, it's an easy swap. Only other way to tell is to get the car scanned and it'll tell you if it's the steering angle sensor or something else. When I...
01-23-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,666
Posted By cetialpha5

Actually I think it's the other way around, I...

Actually I think it's the other way around, I think 40 is way too high, makes it hard as a rock and has less give/flex in the sidewall which allows your rims to get more of the force from the...
01-22-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,048
Posted By cetialpha5

Glad you were able to swap it out. I figured it...

Glad you were able to swap it out. I figured it was too late for you but thought that the info might help someone else out.
01-22-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,666
Posted By cetialpha5

It's a problem in cold weather states where you...

It's a problem in cold weather states where you get a lot more potholes. I've had bent rims also but just not as many. In traffic, there's just no way to avoid them all when you're all flying along...
01-22-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,640
Posted By cetialpha5

I don't think you need to worry about the...

I don't think you need to worry about the manifold. That was the M272 engine which was on the 2010-2011 E-350's. When they went to direct injection in 2012-2016, the new engine was the M276 and was a...
01-22-2019, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By cetialpha5

Only tip would be to get the parts from FCPeuro....

Only tip would be to get the parts from FCPeuro. I've got the Zimmerman rotors and the Akebono pads are fine. They have a lifetime warranty so you shouldn't have to pay for them again. If you get...
01-22-2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By cetialpha5

That depends on the year. I don't think they had...

That depends on the year. I don't think they had that as an option in 2014. Either you had it or didn't.
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