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09-20-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,412
Posted By Live Oak

"MB's are meant to be driven, not sitting in the...

"MB's are meant to be driven, not sitting in the garage."

That's an excuse, not a rational reason.

Pure MB engineering failure.
09-19-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 16,485
Posted By Live Oak

Never park next to a 60s - 70s two door hardtop. ...

Never park next to a 60s - 70s two door hardtop. They are trash, have 12 foot wide doors, and their owners would just as soon whack your car if they can.
09-03-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,047
Posted By Live Oak

YOU BET YOUR BIPPY I WOULD!!!!!!!!!!

YOU BET YOUR BIPPY I WOULD!!!!!!!!!!
08-26-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,856
Posted By Live Oak

I'm sorry --- I guess I'm politically (or...

I'm sorry --- I guess I'm politically (or economically) incorrect.

Why would the owner of a $70,000 car worry about $144 for spark plugs every 60,000 miles????
08-19-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,717
Posted By Live Oak

You aren't cleaning the wood, anyway --- you are...

You aren't cleaning the wood, anyway --- you are cleaning the thick plastic coating.

Avoiding any abrasive and solvent would seem to be the key.
08-19-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 20,267
Posted By Live Oak

Are you sure the "shadows in the light pattern"...

Are you sure the "shadows in the light pattern" are caused by the etched Vs, or are they the result of the light bulb's actual pattern that causes the etching?

IOW, chicken or egg???
08-16-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 232,287
Posted By Live Oak

I'll add to this with a general observation that...

I'll add to this with a general observation that may, or may not, be relevant:

My experience is that the so-called "transmission learning" may not be helpful at all.

Over the 4.5 years of my...
08-15-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,598
Posted By Live Oak

Diamond White is beautiful!!!!

Diamond White is beautiful!!!!
06-29-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,259
Posted By Live Oak

It will . . . I've been reading about this...

It will . . .

I've been reading about this anomaly for four years now, on 2011 - 2014 cars. I've had it dozens of times. On a recent 3,000 mile trip in the west, four incidents, in varying...
06-27-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,335
Posted By Live Oak

OH! COME ON!

OH! COME ON!
06-22-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,621
Posted By Live Oak

Amazing how little difference there is between...

Amazing how little difference there is between the 2011 E and the 2016 E interior!
06-15-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,031
Posted By Live Oak

100,000 KM isn't much --- 62,000 miles. That...

100,000 KM isn't much --- 62,000 miles. That badge says "Congratulations, the car is just broken in."
06-15-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,787
Posted By Live Oak

The interesting thing is, my 2011 E550 has it up...

The interesting thing is, my 2011 E550 has it up front, but the battery tray is still in the trunk.
06-08-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By Live Oak

Only 210. I get the same thing.

Only 210. I get the same thing.
06-07-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By Live Oak

That's very common with a tall driver. With the...

That's very common with a tall driver. With the seat that far back, the driver wears that area getting in and out. Mine (6'3") looks just like that. Looks crappy, but I don't perceive a functional...
06-06-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By Live Oak

I used the following service to repair a serious...

I used the following service to repair a serious wheel rash from a really sneaky hidden curb.

They have an association with my dealer, and did the repair when I was having some other work done. I...
06-02-2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,284
Posted By Live Oak

IMO. the issue is not so much the life but the...

IMO. the issue is not so much the life but the abrupt failure without warning --- dead car --- even if the expensive MB service test is run.
06-01-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,284
Posted By Live Oak

Considering the deep surge current draw required...

Considering the deep surge current draw required to start an engine, I seriously doubt that lithium ion would be a rational choice for a car battery --- not to mention the horrific cost for one that...
05-31-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,488
Posted By Live Oak

In spite of the advice you are getting, a 2011...

In spite of the advice you are getting, a 2011 E550 with "997 Driver Assistance Package: DISTRONIC PLUS" has Lane Keeping Assist which, when you drift over the lane marker, 'bumps' you back into the...
05-04-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,385
Posted By Live Oak

" I tried to switch over to AC" That's a...

" I tried to switch over to AC"

That's a little puzzling. Generally, the AC runs all the time, winter and summer. Do you mean you didn't have it on Auto, and the AC never turned on? I wonder if...
05-03-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Live Oak

For those with no calculator, 373,000 miles!

For those with no calculator, 373,000 miles!
05-01-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,848
Posted By Live Oak

Exactly. On my 2011 E550, under the right...

Exactly. On my 2011 E550, under the right circumstances, you can see the thing "adjust" the height of the beam as oncoming cars get closer. It uses a moving shutter inside the headlight assembly.
04-28-2015, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,141
Posted By Live Oak

Ah! Just need to stretch those con rods, huh?...

Ah! Just need to stretch those con rods, huh? :smash:

There is just so much quiet power in a 2011 E550, I can't think of a reason I would want to red-line it. You might pick up an extra 0.1 sec...
04-27-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,640
Posted By Live Oak

Well, salesmanship is salesmanship. Understand...

Well, salesmanship is salesmanship. Understand that the finance guy is paid significantly by sales $$$.

I got a 3 service plan for $1089 in August 2014, on a 2011 E550.

B-A-B (60K-70K-80K)...
04-22-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,642
Posted By Live Oak

Here's a thread from a couple years ago --- and a...

Here's a thread from a couple years ago --- and a comment by the OP re: a fix by the dealer:

https://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w212/434318-silver-vents-reflecting-side-windows.html

Has anyone...
04-22-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,642
Posted By Live Oak

Why do I seen to remember there is a black vent...

Why do I seen to remember there is a black vent solution to that problem, available gratis from the dealer??

Was I dreaming?
04-18-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,199
Posted By Live Oak

I guess I don't understand the problem here. ...

I guess I don't understand the problem here.

I've driven several MBs with ECO, and I don't see the irritation expressed here. Yes, it's a bit surprising the first few times it happens, but then...
04-06-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,143
Posted By Live Oak

Aside from fixing the existing problem, you want...

Aside from fixing the existing problem, you want to be sure the AC evaporator dryer fan is working.

After a drive using AC, park the car, and check it every few minutes. After several (up to...
04-05-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 19,769
Posted By Live Oak

I might add, be careful getting dependent on...

I might add, be careful getting dependent on Blind Spot.

If it shuts down randomly, you might forget to watch your blind spots and get in trouble --- we learn to drive with habits and instinct...
04-05-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 19,769
Posted By Live Oak

Understand that some of these sensor- and...

Understand that some of these sensor- and computer-driven features, like Distronic Plus, Blind Spot, etc., sometimes shut down unexpectedly, with no apparent cause, then start up again randomly or...
03-31-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 33,890
Posted By Live Oak

I got a 3 service plan for $1089 in August. ...

I got a 3 service plan for $1089 in August.

B-A-B (60K-70K-80K) which is the best deal. 80K is expensive.

Don't know what they are getting now.
03-31-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,887
Posted By Live Oak

"Probably be fine" is not good enough in my case...

"Probably be fine" is not good enough in my case --- my wife takes off alone in areas an hour or more from any kind of support.

Maybe I should get her a Toyota.:smash:
03-31-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,887
Posted By Live Oak

As this thread is smoking, my 2011 E550, 59,000...

As this thread is smoking, my 2011 E550, 59,000 miles, failed to start this PM. Lights on the dash, a loud click, no crank at all.

No prior slow cranking. No clue anything going on --- that's...
03-12-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 27,864
Posted By Live Oak

I'm guessing that these "hard shift" problems are...

I'm guessing that these "hard shift" problems are related to the transmission "learning" the driver's driving habits.

For four years, 60,000 miles, I've been putting up with a very hard shift...
03-10-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,332
Posted By Live Oak

"The Oddessey battery model #1220 is a far...

"The Oddessey battery model #1220 is a far superior battery to the standard battery and light years better than the competition 's batteries like the MB battery or Interstate or Bosch,"

Question:...
02-24-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,313
Posted By Live Oak

Uh, there is some rationale to that. If the...

Uh, there is some rationale to that.

If the tech's commute is long and varied, and if he normally drives an MB and knows how the tranny should act during the drive, maybe that justifies it.
...
02-21-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,194
Posted By Live Oak

OH! I love DISTRONIC, and lane-keeping, in my...

OH! I love DISTRONIC, and lane-keeping, in my 2011 550! But are you saying the new cars actually assert steering input as they wish? Can you turn that single feature off? I wouldn't buy a car...
02-16-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,009
Posted By Live Oak

No problem with a 2011 E550. Using an iPhone 5S...

No problem with a 2011 E550. Using an iPhone 5S and a Samsung Galaxy III S

Maybe find where the microphone is in your car and make sure nothing is hanging in the way?
02-15-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,526
Posted By Live Oak

Probably is . . .

Probably is . . .
02-07-2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,992
Posted By Live Oak

And let's not forget that government agencies...

And let's not forget that government agencies provide the data used to make these maps --- garbage in . . . garbage out.

After all, governments have been known to make a rare mistake now and then...
02-03-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 32,801
Posted By Live Oak

This whole adaptive high beam assist thing is...

This whole adaptive high beam assist thing is absolutely nuts in the case of the 2011 E550. In my experience, the cutoff is essentially 30-35MPH --- any slower and you never get high beams if...
02-03-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,887
Posted By Live Oak

OK, this begs the question: Should the owner...

OK, this begs the question:

Should the owner of a 2011 E550, who drives it a lot with overnighters in places far from MB dealers, or whose wife drives it a lot alone, buy a new main battery after...
02-01-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By Live Oak

Deflategate!

Deflategate!
01-29-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,207
Posted By Live Oak

The comments here are really interesting, most...

The comments here are really interesting, most offering minimal rationale to go to the E400. I remain not at all enticed, not even considering financials.

Here's the skinny on the offer. ...
01-25-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,207
Posted By Live Oak

Why ti a 2011 E550 P2 for a 2015 E400?

I just received a fabulously fantastic irresistible almost giveaway offer from MB to trade in my 2011 E550 P2, 4 yrs old with 56,000 miles, for a 2015 E400 for ONLY $XX,XXX.

Is there any reason I...
01-23-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 26,967
Posted By Live Oak

2011 E550. 24 Jan 2012, at 15,788 miles,...

2011 E550.

24 Jan 2012, at 15,788 miles, rear end collapsing overnight. Dealer replaced both springs.

20 Jan 2014, at 43,306 miles, rear end collapsing overnight. Dealer replaced both...
01-18-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By Live Oak

WHY?????

WHY?????
01-15-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,072
Posted By Live Oak

He likes a tight cockpit.:)

He likes a tight cockpit.:)
01-13-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,072
Posted By Live Oak

A SMART????!! I wouldn't drive a SMART in...

A SMART????!!

I wouldn't drive a SMART in our neighborhood, much less on the Interstate! Can you imagine what a Kia or a Fiat 500 or a Mini could do to a SMART in an accident??!! Then think...
01-11-2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,072
Posted By Live Oak

I don't understand the complaints --- spending a...

I don't understand the complaints --- spending a day, or a weekend, with a C Class makes you appreciate your E Class all the more.
12-26-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Posted By Live Oak

I'd ask SA advice on this. He'll say, "That's...

I'd ask SA advice on this. He'll say, "That's OK, bring it in at ~41,000." Then document the discussion just in case the engine swallows a rod at 40,100 miles.:)
12-22-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,484
Posted By Live Oak

I've had a 2011 E550 for 4 years, 56,000 miles. ...

I've had a 2011 E550 for 4 years, 56,000 miles. I never noticed a blinking light when "armed" --- had no clue one was there.

So I checked it out tonight, and sure enough, when the doors are...
12-22-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,335
Posted By Live Oak

It's a crappy, cheap blower. Mine failed at...

It's a crappy, cheap blower. Mine failed at ~40,000 miles --- made strange noises on a left turn. Replaced under warranty.

On some parts that MB clearly subs out, I think they do a crappy job of...
12-15-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,827
Posted By Live Oak

The delay with US TPMS is short. The tires don't...

The delay with US TPMS is short. The tires don't get close to normal operating temperature.
12-07-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,264
Posted By Live Oak

Sport??!! Get a kidney belt!

Sport??!! Get a kidney belt!
12-07-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,918
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, why bother. I've never noticed significant...

Oh, why bother. I've never noticed significant uneven wear.

But, then, I've never made blue smoke --- except in the 1950s.
12-02-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By Live Oak

Hmmmm. . . . They don't dare tell us that in...

Hmmmm. . . . They don't dare tell us that in the operator's manual.
12-01-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By Live Oak

Jack point in front of the engine???? :nix:

Jack point in front of the engine????

:nix:
12-01-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,713
Posted By Live Oak

There have been some instances here of the hood...

There have been some instances here of the hood pads, that contact the body when the hood is closed, making a squeaking sound.

A little lubrication.

??????????? worth checking
11-27-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,269
Posted By Live Oak

Check out the "bulletins" and "service" sticky...

Check out the "bulletins" and "service" sticky threads.

There are some service bulletins and service notices re: battery problems, specifically regarding a fan running too long, etc.
11-26-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,611
Posted By Live Oak

What a shame! Could you sue the pickup...

What a shame!

Could you sue the pickup driver for the difference in small claims court?
11-17-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,956
Posted By Live Oak

My seats were in really good shape. I couldn't...

My seats were in really good shape. I couldn't tell if the leather portion had been replaced, or if they just cleaned it up after the work.
11-15-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,956
Posted By Live Oak

Don't know if this applies to your model year,...

Don't know if this applies to your model year, but you may want to check this out (both these are actually the same LI):

==============================================

LI91.30-P-054637 – 212 up...
11-03-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,801
Posted By Live Oak

I do NOT like crap hanging out of the cigarette...

I do NOT like crap hanging out of the cigarette lighter outlets.

I much prefer to charge my phone via the 115V outlet facing the back seat. Smaller hookup, out of the way. And it uses the...
10-30-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,985
Posted By Live Oak

This is nuts!!! What a loss of opportunity by...

This is nuts!!! What a loss of opportunity by the dealer!

He sells a $50,000 - $100,000 car, and will also yield thousands in maintenance over the life of the car.

Now. As a businessman I'll...
10-27-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 145,314
Posted By Live Oak

My response, obviously, prior to Konigs'.

My response, obviously, prior to Konigs'.
10-27-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 145,314
Posted By Live Oak

Well, maybe the real story is, when, and exactly...

Well, maybe the real story is, when, and exactly why, did MB decide the battery could be moved to the engine compartment?

Obviously, at some time in the past (before my build), the battery was in...
10-27-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 145,314
Posted By Live Oak

Maybe not so explicit?? Here is a 2011 E550...

Maybe not so explicit??

Here is a 2011 E550 P2, etc. trunk. That looks to me like where the main battery could have been in some models/years??
...
10-08-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 901
Posted By Live Oak

Careful study of the reports I saw suggests that...

Careful study of the reports I saw suggests that they placed major emphasis on stuff like navigation, touch screens, functional adjustments to the car, music/radio.

While they mentioned phone...
10-08-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,889
Posted By Live Oak

My whole history with this started with a battery...

My whole history with this started with a battery drain to 0. It turned out to be a service notice about some other fan running all night. It required a software update, but in the process the tech...
10-07-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,889
Posted By Live Oak

Well, I am only slightly qualified to respond to...

Well, I am only slightly qualified to respond to this thread, but I experienced the problem once --- after a dud tech (no longer employed) programmed the drying fan function OFF.

It's important...
10-02-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By Live Oak

For a clue as to what it isn't, take a look at...

For a clue as to what it isn't, take a look at the survey on the ages of E Class owners. Pretty evenly spread across the age groups surveyed --- within the significance constraints of such a small,...
09-23-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By Live Oak

I guess you didn't read the manual! That cup...

I guess you didn't read the manual!

That cup symbol means you are too sleepy to drive --- take your hands off the wheel and the car will take over.
09-22-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By Live Oak

:):) Just say "OK" You are awake now,...

:):)

Just say "OK"

You are awake now, right?
09-22-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,465
Posted By Live Oak

Uh, I believe that's for the Cabriolet only . . ....

Uh, I believe that's for the Cabriolet only . . . ????
09-21-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,342
Posted By Live Oak

In some instances, the 3 pack of service is a...

In some instances, the 3 pack of service is a really good deal.

In very early September, just before the price increase, I paid $1089 for a three pack. This was after my 50,000 mile A service.
...
09-17-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 11,423
Posted By Live Oak

But Hype, you are so cool . . . :)

But Hype, you are so cool . . . :)
09-16-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,902
Posted By Live Oak

Yes, front two rotors. Pads replaced as a matter...

Yes, front two rotors. Pads replaced as a matter of completeness.

$708
09-16-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,902
Posted By Live Oak

New car. My first warped rotors were at...

New car.

My first warped rotors were at 9,000 miles. Replaced under warranty. Dealer said, if I passed 10,000 he wouldn't have warranted. (Then changed that to 12,000):nix:

Replaced at...
09-16-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 11,423
Posted By Live Oak

How about "BACK OFF!" printed on the rear window...

How about "BACK OFF!" printed on the rear window shade?

Just punch the shade button . . . rarely use the thing anyway.
09-16-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,902
Posted By Live Oak

I question that assumption --- although I am...

I question that assumption --- although I am certainly not an expert.

Braking in modern cars is a very computerized process. Brakes are not just applied; in hard braking, they are pulsed to...
09-13-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 11,423
Posted By Live Oak

James Bond had the only really satisfying...

James Bond had the only really satisfying solution. :D

No longer in the MB options list, though.

Y'know, if the NASCAR races were banned from TV, I'll bet the incidence of tailgating would...
09-12-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 442
Views: 73,561
Posted By Live Oak

I'll plead that it's the car's fault. Big, long...

I'll plead that it's the car's fault. Big, long ugly semi, pull out and see a couple miles of clear, straight desert highway, add pressure to the throttle, and I'm pushed back into the seat. The...
09-11-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 442
Views: 73,561
Posted By Live Oak

I take my 2011 E550 on a 3,000 mile trip each...

I take my 2011 E550 on a 3,000 mile trip each Spring, from central New Mexico, through Utah, Idaho, Oregon, to eastern Washington (Wenatchee). This is mixed desert and mountain driving, with...
08-29-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,260
Posted By Live Oak

You asked the question: "Any thoughts?" You...

You asked the question: "Any thoughts?"

You got an answer.

Maybe YOU are the one waiting on medications.
08-29-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,260
Posted By Live Oak

+ 1 NO car is as quiet and smooth as its...

+ 1

NO car is as quiet and smooth as its dealers, owners and the auto pundits will say it is. The E class? Just drive some American cars on the same pavement and you'll see/feel/hear the...
08-29-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,404
Posted By Live Oak

THANKS FOR THIS INFORMATIVE THREAD! Well,...

THANKS FOR THIS INFORMATIVE THREAD!

Well, this is always up for argument.

I decided to take a 3-pack at $1089, today. It goes up to $1,400 on Sep 3. (And the dealer ~suggests~ that the...
08-29-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,185
Posted By Live Oak

GOOD QUESTION! Hope you get an answer....

GOOD QUESTION!

Hope you get an answer. <G>
08-23-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 385
Posted By Live Oak

Shocks/struts 2011 Airmatic --- how long?

How long (miles) would you expect the shocks/struts on a 2011 E550 Airmatic to last before replacement required? In "normal" driving . . .
08-04-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 40,708
Posted By Live Oak

+1 (6'3") Ditto that the speedometer area from...

+1 (6'3") Ditto that the speedometer area from 50 - 110 is blocked by the wheel. Not to mention that I can't see the position of the wiper control because it's behind the wheel.

Engineers...
08-01-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks, Just ripped the wrench out of the...

Thanks,

Just ripped the wrench out of the trunk. All the lug bolts are tight, as best I can tell. If torqued correctly, I have no way to tell.
07-31-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By Live Oak

This is a wild guess, 'cause I don't have the...

This is a wild guess, 'cause I don't have the docs in front of me:

A couple months ago, during route guidance, I hit the Mute button during a guidance announcement ("Turn left in five hundred...
07-30-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Posted By Live Oak

PUZZLING BRAKE ISSUE

Let's establish the axiom of this issue:

If the pavement is perfectly smooth, and I step on the brake firmly, even hard, 30-40-50-60 mph, I feel NO pulsing, especially at the steering wheel --- a...
07-29-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By Live Oak

For my 2011 E550, I had to get a software update...

For my 2011 E550, I had to get a software update to get it to charge the iPod.
07-24-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,886
Posted By Live Oak

In the case of my car, it has happened out in the...

In the case of my car, it has happened out in the desert, no weather, no wind. I suspect a big grasshopper hitting the "radar port" area can do it.
07-20-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,063
Posted By Live Oak

Haven't I heard about black air vents available...

Haven't I heard about black air vents available n/c from the dealer to solve this issue?
07-06-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,328
Posted By Live Oak

Maybe it was some leftover, dropped piece from...

Maybe it was some leftover, dropped piece from manufacture that the workers just left under the seat. Sure looks "disconnected."

But I will agree, the seat ventilation system is terrible ---...
06-29-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,825
Posted By Live Oak

Well, once more I will insert a bit of excuse for...

Well, once more I will insert a bit of excuse for the nav company.

"Buffalo Grove (a village) is split along Lake Cook Road into two parts, the Lake County Vernon Township portion and the Cook...
06-29-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,533
Posted By Live Oak

My experience is that when you get "TPMS...

My experience is that when you get "TPMS Inoperative," you also get a display indicating of which TPMS wheel(s) are inoperative.

Do you get that?
06-25-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,825
Posted By Live Oak

Per Wikipedia, it looks like Prairie View, IL has...

Per Wikipedia, it looks like Prairie View, IL has had a very troubled, and controversial, history with boundaries.

The various mapping systems depend on data provided by states and counties --- I...
06-01-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By Live Oak

"It did come from the factory with 42 on each...

"It did come from the factory with 42 on each though."

Don't be so sure of that. New cars generally have the tires checked/filled at the dealership; part of the published make-ready routine.
...
05-29-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

No, I didn't ask. It was clear this was a person...

No, I didn't ask. It was clear this was a person with good access to policy, but not technical stuff.
05-29-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

Just talked to MB Corporate. My dealer who...

Just talked to MB Corporate.

My dealer who turned me down for 2 or 3 pack is wrong. Corporate said she will call the local Finance Manager and straighten it out.

Now we'll see how the dealer...
05-29-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

My dealer is quoting $450 for B service and $200...

My dealer is quoting $450 for B service and $200 for A service.

Since I just finished my 50K A service, at 47,000 miles, I will be due for B, A, B over the next three services. That = $1,100 if...
05-28-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, that's interesting. Sounds like there may be...

Oh, that's interesting. Sounds like there may be more than one answer, depending on the dealer?

Thanks,
05-28-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks, that's illuminating and interesting.

Thanks, that's illuminating and interesting.
05-28-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,747
Posted By Live Oak

Prepaid Maint. "packs"?

I'm at 47,000 miles, 3.5 years, on a 2011 E550. Just had the 50,000 service, the last on my initial prepaid maintenance. (Have a 3,000 mile trip planned.)

I inquired with the dealer about...
05-26-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Posted By Live Oak

Happens, but rarely, with my 2011 E550 P2 + all...

Happens, but rarely, with my 2011 E550 P2 + all the extra stuff.

Sometimes with Jersey barriers, sometimes with shrubs too close to the road, some times with no conceivable reason.

I wonder if...
05-16-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,042
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks. That's interesting. I'll bet there is...

Thanks. That's interesting. I'll bet there is something similar for the E550 somewhere.
05-15-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,042
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks, folks. Now we have two posts...

Thanks, folks.

Now we have two posts starting with "I think . . . "

I wonder if there is somebody there who could start with, "I know . . . "
05-15-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,042
Posted By Live Oak

TPMS receiver location(s)????

Is there just one device that receives TPMS transmsions, or two (front and rear), or four (one at each wheel)?

Whichever, where are the receivers located in an E550?

(I've had a TPMS error,...
05-13-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,980
Posted By Live Oak

HYPER! Ask that poor girl if that hurts!!

HYPER! Ask that poor girl if that hurts!!
05-13-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,980
Posted By Live Oak

2011 E550, P2 and all the good stuff. Park...

2011 E550, P2 and all the good stuff.

Park the car, turn off. Open trunk. The two trunk lights, mounted on the back side of the tail lights, come on.

They stay on for about 30 minutes, then...
05-13-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,889
Posted By Live Oak

Arctic, I don't know where you stand with this...

Arctic, I don't know where you stand with this right now, but every time you park your car, after about 45 mins to an hour the AC fan should start up, quietly, on its own and run for about an hour. ...
05-13-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By Live Oak

Or by hordes of grasshoppers smacking on the...

Or by hordes of grasshoppers smacking on the radar cover at 80mph!
05-13-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,318
Posted By Live Oak

Here is my SPECULATION: I've had hard shift...

Here is my SPECULATION:

I've had hard shift problems continuously with my 2011 E550 when, at ~20mph, going up a moderate hill and lifting my foot OFF the gas (say, in anticipation of a curve or...
04-26-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Live Oak

Haven't had a repeat of the message. Let's hope....

Haven't had a repeat of the message. Let's hope.

I've come to depend on the damn things --- no more kneeling in the driveway checking tire pressures!
04-26-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 858
Posted By Live Oak

My humble, and quite possibly ignorant, opinions...

My humble, and quite possibly ignorant, opinions on this subject.

** It appears from the many posts on this site that Mercedes has a very serious brake quality problem, at least with 2010 and...
04-24-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks. Ah! Battery! I thought they...

Thanks.

Ah! Battery! I thought they generated their own power by some kind of motion driven generator. Shows what I know . . .

Anybody have experience re: the cost of replacing?

Is this...
04-24-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Live Oak

One instance TPMS failure

I've had one instance of the message that TP monitoring is inactivated.

On a restart, the left front tire showed ------

Eventually, after a few miles, the tire showed the correct pressure.
...
04-22-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 935
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, I don't think it does, except maybe the...

Oh, I don't think it does, except maybe the smooth way it handles a slower car in front (you hardly notice you've slowed down) and the smooth way it recovers when you pass that car without touching...
04-22-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 935
Posted By Live Oak

2011 E550 Luxury P2+ Carefully measured at...

2011 E550 Luxury P2+

Carefully measured at the pump (NOT the computer)

Trip 1: Mid June. 1350 miles, in the mountain west; central NM, through CO, UT, ID, OR to eastern WA. Virtually all road...
04-20-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Live Oak

Don't know how to fix it, but mine did the same...

Don't know how to fix it, but mine did the same thing --- stuck at 66 degrees. Dealer fixed, warranty.

On a 2011 E550. p/n 007-542-13-18 "Temperature Sensor." $14 A pointy black plastic thing...
04-18-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,729
Posted By Live Oak

HUH!? :nix:

HUH!? :nix:
04-18-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,729
Posted By Live Oak

+1

+1
04-13-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,451
Posted By Live Oak

Is that the blue blinker fluid or the synthetic...

Is that the blue blinker fluid or the synthetic blinker fluid?
04-13-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 585
Posted By Live Oak

When I got my (new) E550 in 2011, the rep went...

When I got my (new) E550 in 2011, the rep went in back to a big stack of manuals, brochures, etc., and assembled the correct set for me, including a case for them. Is that how it works everywhere?...
04-12-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,451
Posted By Live Oak

On occasions, such things as Jersey barriers,...

On occasions, such things as Jersey barriers, shrubbery, etc., can cause the red lights to flash. Over-reaction in the interest of safety, I'd guess.

Doesn't bother me.
04-07-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,729
Posted By Live Oak

Microphone

I think it depends on model and feature set.

On my 2011 E550 P2 with all the funny stuff, there is a microphone grill on each side the the structure that holds the camera that watches the lane...
04-04-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By Live Oak

Transmission whine?

2011 E550.

For the first about 6 miles, noticeable transmission whine at low speeds/gears.

After 3 years, you'd think I'd know if that's normal, but I don't know --- just noticed it.

In your...
03-26-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,986
Posted By Live Oak

That's a huge safety issue. I'll bet the air...

That's a huge safety issue. I'll bet the air bags are dead, too.

Take a camera in the car with you --- photograph the dash.

The dealer counts on your patience. Don't do that --- delay can...
03-26-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,172
Posted By Live Oak

Uh . . . did you buy that car new?? If so, they...

Uh . . . did you buy that car new?? If so, they owe you a key.

If you got it used, then somebody else has a key.
03-26-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Live Oak

I had that issue. My dealer replaced the entire...

I had that issue. My dealer replaced the entire bumper (cover?). Had to paint the replacement part.

After, something shifted and in one spot it got out of line. I suspect one of the clips was...
03-25-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,780
Posted By Live Oak

Welcome to 2011 E550 brakes.

Welcome to 2011 E550 brakes.
03-05-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By Live Oak

How does that work out with added $$$ for...

How does that work out with added $$$ for mounting and balance? Then road hazard warranty?
03-04-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,580
Posted By Live Oak

RIGHT!

RIGHT!
03-01-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,580
Posted By Live Oak

WRONG!

WRONG!
02-26-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,176
Posted By Live Oak

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 !

550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 550 !
02-15-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,957
Posted By Live Oak

???? That is this thread.

????

That is this thread.
02-15-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,957
Posted By Live Oak

Do you see that little hole on the left? On...

Do you see that little hole on the left?

On some 2011 E550s, that hole accepts a straightened paper clip to perform the compass calibration. It's very small, exactly paper clip size, which was...
02-14-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By Live Oak

Well, I wouldn't go quite that far. Neither...

Well, I wouldn't go quite that far.

Neither of us knows how much effort Mercedes has expended to solve these beeps.

A random failure in a system that's composed of interrelated radar, hardware,...
02-13-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By Live Oak

The weird beeps will drive you just plain crazy. ...

The weird beeps will drive you just plain crazy. The ones in the double left turn lane are understandable, and some others involving guard rails etc. we can also understand.

But, on rare...
02-13-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks Konig. Jerry

Thanks Konig.

Jerry
02-12-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,030
Posted By Live Oak

I had an iPod touch in my 2011 E550, December...

I had an iPod touch in my 2011 E550, December 2010 build. The battery did NOT charge on the media cable.

Got a software update at the dealer, and it then began to charge. I use it only on long...
02-11-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 28,753
Posted By Live Oak

Yeah, I had all four rotors (and pads) replaced...

Yeah, I had all four rotors (and pads) replaced at 9,000 miles on a 2011 E550. Wildly out of runout specs. On warranty.

Lasted to 43,000 miles --- brakes pulsing horribly, surely a safety issue....
02-08-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 527
Posted By Live Oak

Did you open your door? Or is the door switch...

Did you open your door? Or is the door switch flaky?
02-06-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,008
Posted By Live Oak

And to add that we with bifocals can't even tell...

And to add that we with bifocals can't even tell which switches work which interior lights, much less which funny button calls for emergency help.
01-28-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,990
Posted By Live Oak

I'd recommend the extended warranty on a 2011. ...

I'd recommend the extended warranty on a 2011.

I'm at 43,000, not 50,000+, but last week I had two pneumatic springs (Airmatic) replaced (second time) and the air conditioning fan replaced under...
01-21-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 350
Posted By Live Oak

E550 brake rotor P/N changes

I purchased a 2011 E550 in January of 2011.

On June 23, 2011, at 9,185 miles, all four rotors were replaced under warranty for excess runout and pulsing. The part number then was a brand new one,...
01-21-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 527
Posted By Live Oak

E550 brake rotor P/N changes

I purchased a 2011 E550 in January of 2011.

On June 23, 2011, at 9,185 miles, all four rotors were replaced under warranty for excess runout and pulsing. The part number then was a brand new one,...
01-20-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,037
Posted By Live Oak

The 2011 E Class Operator's Manual says, for an...

The 2011 E Class Operator's Manual says, for an automatic car wash, to switch the heating/ventilation system to Off.
01-13-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,651
Posted By Live Oak

As the prices of navigation equipment are falling...

As the prices of navigation equipment are falling (actually crashing, right along with Garmin stock), Navteq, et al, are going to have to do some calculating re: price elasticity, which may mean an...
01-13-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,651
Posted By Live Oak

Just to be a bit pedantic, although I agree with...

Just to be a bit pedantic, although I agree with your points re: the nav update and some other software, in the case of Windows (your example), the software is licensed to the computer, not the user,...
12-19-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,651
Posted By Live Oak

XOULU, what year and model Mercedes is that? ...

XOULU, what year and model Mercedes is that?

Thanks
12-15-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By Live Oak

I went out to my 2011 E550 a year or so ago, and...

I went out to my 2011 E550 a year or so ago, and it was dead as a door-nail -- wouldn't even chime.

Roadside service charged it. The dealership did a software thing because a bug caused some fan...
12-01-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,230
Posted By Live Oak

Hard shifting of the 7 speed seems to be an...

Hard shifting of the 7 speed seems to be an erratic issue and the "brain" keeps trying to adjust the shift program to the driver's habits --- at least that's what MBZ says.

My 2011 E550 will shift...
11-29-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,764
Posted By Live Oak

Oh! The pain! When I had a 2011 E350 on...

Oh! The pain!

When I had a 2011 E350 on order, I changed my mind before delivery (business really picked up). The dealer told me my E350 was damaged at the port in FL <G>, but he really wanted...
11-10-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 700
Posted By Live Oak

They count on that . . .

They count on that . . .
11-06-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 27,864
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks for keeping us posted.

Thanks for keeping us posted.
11-03-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 232,287
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks. Now if they would just admit to this...

Thanks. Now if they would just admit to this issue with 2011 M273 engines!!!!!!

Jerry
10-28-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,023
Posted By Live Oak

You have cross-posted this on two separate...

You have cross-posted this on two separate threads.

Please see the answer on the thread "A/C smells like feet"
10-28-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,541
Posted By Live Oak

OK. My current experience with a 2011 E550. ...

OK. My current experience with a 2011 E550.

The car has an AC drier cycle that is VERY IMPORTANT.

About an hour after the car is shut down, an AC drier fan kicks in and runs for 30 minutes or...
10-23-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 27,864
Posted By Live Oak

Just to add to the mystery, my 2011 E550 does...

Just to add to the mystery, my 2011 E550 does similar stuff.

Cruising up a moderate hill at 20-30 mph (for just one example), nearing the top I lift my foot off the gas SLIGHTLY in anticipation of...
10-22-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By Live Oak

Thanks Peter!

Thanks Peter!
10-20-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By Live Oak

Climate fan noisy --- common?

With the climate control fan at a low speed, intermittently I hear a quiet "ringing" rattle, suspiciously like a ventilation fan bearing going out. It gets started by a bump or slight turn to the...
10-20-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By Live Oak

Except the 2011 (at least) E550, where the Luxury...

Except the 2011 (at least) E550, where the Luxury has rectangular tailpipes. (Photo below)
10-14-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 794
Posted By Live Oak

Bump in front seat, new heater

The LI service notice to replace the heater pads in 212 front seats, identified by a bump in the front-center of the seat, provides an unexpected benefit.

Yesterday AM, we had temperatures that...
09-29-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,295
Posted By Live Oak

I agree completely. When I get a 350 loaner, I...

I agree completely. When I get a 350 loaner, I feel like I need a kidney belt and ear plugs, and I dread uphill on-ramps. :rolleyes:
09-13-2013, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,444
Posted By Live Oak

The seat ventilation seems to be done with two...

The seat ventilation seems to be done with two cheap muffin fans in the back of each seat. Can't feel a thing from the bottom cushion, barely noticeable from the back cushion. I had a 2005 Toyota...
09-07-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By Live Oak

See my message, above. Fixing the dryer motor...

See my message, above. Fixing the dryer motor was originally done incompetently --- tech disconnected it (in software); never ran. Eventually we began getting "manure" smells from the vents when...
09-07-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 410
Views: 232,287
Posted By Live Oak

Konig, I hate to bother you --- you do so much...

Konig, I hate to bother you --- you do so much for us.

HOWEVER :), LI30.30-P-057139 AUG13 – 212 & 207 with Collision Prevention Assist (258) may warn for no obvious reason,

In my MY 2011 212...
09-06-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,885
Posted By Live Oak

For my car, at least, there was a software issue...

For my car, at least, there was a software issue of the AC evaporator drying fan cycle running full time, draining the battery. Intermittent . . .

Normally runs about a half hour? about an hour...
09-04-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 40,436
Posted By Live Oak

If you feel a bump in the middle front of the...

If you feel a bump in the middle front of the driver and passenger seats, between your legs, that's the symptom that says MB needs to replace the heating element. Move your hand, with moderate...
08-31-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,832
Posted By Live Oak

IMO, a few brake jobs are a lot cheaper than one...

IMO, a few brake jobs are a lot cheaper than one transmission job.

In the mountains, downshifting is sometimes a good idea. In your area, a "mountain" is the nearest overpass.
08-30-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,994
Posted By Live Oak

Does not the Mercedes windshield have an extra...

Does not the Mercedes windshield have an extra layer for sound suppression?

Or was that all hype?
08-28-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,994
Posted By Live Oak

In my experience, dealer installation, they...

In my experience, dealer installation, they installed a new sticker. The original was a "Mercedes Benz" sticker. The new one they installed was a "Daimler" sticker.

It's gotta be a $1.00 item...
08-27-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,994
Posted By Live Oak

You are going to pay the deductible either way. ...

You are going to pay the deductible either way. INSIST on a factory windshield.

I got a rock hit a couple months ago. Had the dealer install it. The total bill to State Farm was $1,200+ and I...
08-15-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,418
Posted By Live Oak

Ditto here. Exactly as the last poster stated. ...

Ditto here. Exactly as the last poster stated. Just hit the button.
08-13-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,205
Posted By Live Oak

WHAT???!!!!

WHAT???!!!!
08-13-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 18,353
Posted By Live Oak

I guess my question is: Why do you turn off the...

I guess my question is: Why do you turn off the AC?
08-12-2013, 12:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 18,353
Posted By Live Oak

As long as it doesn't run all night, that's great.

As long as it doesn't run all night, that's great.
08-11-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,205
Posted By Live Oak

550!!!!

550!!!!
08-11-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 18,353
Posted By Live Oak

Per my dealer, who had to come out and start my...

Per my dealer, who had to come out and start my 2011 E550 at 18 mos., 23,000 miles (Roadside Assistance), the problem is the AC evaporator drying fan ~sometimes~ running when it shouldn't --- all...
08-11-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 699
Posted By Live Oak

38,000 Canadian dollars? There's a 3% hit. ...

38,000 Canadian dollars? There's a 3% hit.

Well, it's only $1,100 . . .
08-09-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By Live Oak

Yes, my personal rule has always been to provide...

Yes, my personal rule has always been to provide at a minimum four flashes before making a move.
08-07-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,285
Posted By Live Oak

My sills are scratched after 2.5 years. I...

My sills are scratched after 2.5 years.

I once considered illuminated sills, but I can't help but think that they would scratch even worse, and it would look even worse in context.

This is a...
08-05-2013, 07:27 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,295
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, I have a different opinion. I just spent two...

Oh, I have a different opinion. I just spent two weeks in a 2013 E350 loaner (with sport package). Noisewise, compared to my 2011 E550 Luxury, it was like driving a sit-down lawnmower. They spiff...
08-05-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,137
Posted By Live Oak

212 Rear Bumper Fit

I had noticed that at some points, side and rear, the rear bumper cover does not fit perfectly flush with the sheet metal. I just expressed (to myself) surprise that the fit was a bit sloppy --- the...
08-01-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3,371
Views: 957,018
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, that's a surprise! Are you really certain of...

Oh, that's a surprise! Are you really certain of the leather dash? I certainly wouldn't want that -- leather sitting there at 150 degree plus in the sun -- suspect a pretty short lifetime!
07-21-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 15,114
Posted By Live Oak

. . . or an engine gasket --- maybe you are...

. . . or an engine gasket --- maybe you are burning coolant now?? :eek:
07-20-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,665
Posted By Live Oak

Yeah, a lot of cars, 1/3 the cost of a Mercedes,...

Yeah, a lot of cars, 1/3 the cost of a Mercedes, have a glasses holder in the ceiling, near the rear view mirror.

Instead, Mercedes decided to install the interior light switches, moon roof...
07-20-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,225
Posted By Live Oak

Look, I'm not a "sporty" guy --- I probably don't...

Look, I'm not a "sporty" guy --- I probably don't even belong in this thread. However . . . for a fresh perspective . . .

Yesterday, I left my (loaded) 2011 E550 Luxury with the dealer for...
07-19-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By Live Oak

How is the battery in your fob?

How is the battery in your fob?
07-14-2013, 12:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,817
Posted By Live Oak

This is one where I'd document on service orders...

This is one where I'd document on service orders every time you have it in, and if they don't put their conclusion on the service document, hand write what they say contemporaneously. And take it in...
07-09-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,019
Posted By Live Oak

There is a programming fix for that -- afterwards...

There is a programming fix for that -- afterwards you can move the passenger seat back after folding the rear seat down.
07-07-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 970
Posted By Live Oak

Oh, come'on! This is a community! Don't say...

Oh, come'on! This is a community! Don't say something about somebody that you wouldn't say face-to-face. (But, if you do, at least spell correctly)
07-06-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,235
Posted By Live Oak

That's the entire point of this whole, sad...

That's the entire point of this whole, sad thread. The Roadside Assistance Program, which is included in the PRICE of the automobile, has been paid for by YOU the customer. Tipping for Roadside...
07-05-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,598
Posted By Live Oak

In January 2011, I purchased an E550. That was...

In January 2011, I purchased an E550. That was after negotiating with the BMW dealer over a supposedly equivalent 5 series.

When I discovered the car was available only with run flats, I went on...
06-28-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,927
Posted By Live Oak

My most recent experience; 2011 E550, loaded. ...

My most recent experience; 2011 E550, loaded. Rock from a passing van on the Interstate popped up from the pavement.

My State Farm Comprehensive insurance has a $250 deductible. I let the dealer...
06-16-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 20,656
Posted By Live Oak

Don't know if it applies to 2012 350, but for...

Don't know if it applies to 2012 350, but for 2011 E550 there is a bug in the software re: rear seats folded down.

When you lower the passenger side rear seat, the front passenger seat...
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