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05-15-2013, 12:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,021
Posted By RLE

A bolt? There is a fixing nut on the outside...

A bolt? There is a fixing nut on the outside which holds the unit in position against the rubber seal inside but no bolts are used. You might be able to find a new nut. The website quoted earlier in...
05-15-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,867
Posted By RLE

I see you drive an eight year old S-Class so why...

I see you drive an eight year old S-Class so why are you here giving opinions on the C, anyway? Replaced one of those air struts yet?
05-15-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 481
Posted By RLE

Sounds like an intermittent vacuum leak to the...

Sounds like an intermittent vacuum leak to the power brake booster. Talk to the dealer about this even though the car is out of warranty, possibly. This is a safety issue so don't mess around. You...
05-14-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,633
Posted By RLE

My 2008 C300's dipstick is right where the engine...

My 2008 C300's dipstick is right where the engine builders installed it. Same engine as yours.
03-21-2013, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 922
Posted By RLE

Provided the lights are on.

Provided the lights are on.
03-21-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,711
Posted By RLE

Woobing?? Pls translate to English.

Woobing??

Pls translate to English.
03-21-2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,181
Posted By RLE

The kickdown switch is only present with an...

The kickdown switch is only present with an automatic trans. Why haven't you sent the thing back for the correct version?

Oh wait.. you bought this on Ebay I'll bet...while knowing nothing.
03-17-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 24,539
Posted By RLE

I agree. Moving the cruise control stalk to the...

I agree. Moving the cruise control stalk to the bottom was a blunder. Perhaps persons new to MB should familiarize themselves with the controls before driving it.

Of course, Consumer Reports has...
03-17-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 34,959
Posted By RLE

The Topsider is a marine item and can be...

The Topsider is a marine item and can be purchased at West Marine, a national chain and also from Amazon. The cost is about $50 but if you must spend more, buy one of the others. My Topsider is about...
03-17-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 903
Posted By RLE

Thanks. Their price is $529 including UPS. ...

Thanks. Their price is $529 including UPS.

I'll call them and ask if the MB part number is on the back side.
03-17-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 903
Posted By RLE

DISCOUNTS ON GENUINE AMG WHEELS

Last month my RF wheel lost a fight with a hole in the street. As a result, the six month old Conti DW's sidewall has a hole in the sidewall you can stick a finger through. The tire can be replaced...
03-17-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,201
Posted By RLE

You do nothing. Look over and smile and continue...

You do nothing. Look over and smile and continue as you were. Street racing is for the immature.
03-17-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 21,501
Posted By RLE

Certainly. It has been discussed here hundreds of...

Certainly. It has been discussed here hundreds of times and is common knowledge.

After 60K miles, what is the condition of the discs?
02-10-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 773
Posted By RLE

My Porsche 944 will be thirty years in my garage...

My Porsche 944 will be thirty years in my garage come October and I have had the R-12 refrigerant topped up twice in that time. Never a malfunction in all that time although it is a manual system, of...
02-07-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,632
Posted By RLE

The battery is at the right rear corner of the...

The battery is at the right rear corner of the engine compartment.
02-07-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,739
Posted By RLE

I don't know one person who smokes anymore. I...

I don't know one person who smokes anymore. I refuse to be around smokers.

Smoke in your car and you will never get the stink out of the carpets and soft trim. It will also be worth less at...
02-07-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By RLE

Tire Rack sells the units which are identical to...

Tire Rack sells the units which are identical to our OE sensors.

I assume the gorilla that broke the sensors is paying??
02-04-2013, 11:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,142
Posted By RLE

Nobody can be electrocuted by 12V.

Nobody can be electrocuted by 12V.
02-04-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,789
Posted By RLE

KG has been available since 2007 on other MB...

KG has been available since 2007 on other MB models. This is not new technology.

It is indeed time for a lemon law activation.
Start your paperwork.
02-02-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,093
Posted By RLE

As I have posted too many times, my Sept. 2007...

As I have posted too many times, my Sept. 2007 production Bremen C300 has a TC drain. How early is early?
01-21-2013, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,400
Posted By RLE

There was a service bulletin long ago about...

There was a service bulletin long ago about one-time snapping noises with the wheels cranked over when backing which turned out to be the torque-arm bushings (MB's term) but I think this was the...
01-21-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,723
Posted By RLE

Planetary, yes. Plenary, I guess not.

Planetary, yes. Plenary, I guess not.
01-21-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 53,144
Posted By RLE

You are but wait, there's more. MLs have the...

You are but wait, there's more.

MLs have the same EIS and are also failing.

Just last week in a conversation with my MB dealer service manager, he said he had just written up work orders on two...
01-21-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,816
Posted By RLE

EIS failure is completely independent from remote...

EIS failure is completely independent from remote lock/unlock. It's the unit in the dash that has failed and it's not a DIY fix.
01-21-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,723
Posted By RLE

If it were so, I would have told you. BTW,...

If it were so, I would have told you.

BTW, that's a quote.
01-20-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,362
Posted By RLE

Sixteen year-olds do not know how to drive. They...

Sixteen year-olds do not know how to drive. They can steer and make the car move with the pedals but they have absolutely no judgement at all.
01-18-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,723
Posted By RLE

Headlights must be on with key on, of course....

Headlights must be on with key on, of course. Every tenth time the windshield is squirted, the headlight washers operate.

Saves water.
01-15-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,785
Posted By RLE

This well known little glitch has been going on...

This well known little glitch has been going on for at least 12 years (my 2001 W203 did this periodically also) and the fix is in your manual. Look for reprogramming windows or some such.
01-15-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By RLE

Certainly. Oxidation is just a fancy word for...

Certainly. Oxidation is just a fancy word for rust. Brake discs, being bare steel, will rust.

Drive it.
01-15-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,275
Posted By RLE

What was the cost? My dealer replaced one of mine...

What was the cost? My dealer replaced one of mine last month and the cost was about thirty bucks. And it's still leaking.
01-13-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 837
Posted By RLE

Nope. I always wear single use vinyl gloves...

Nope. I always wear single use vinyl gloves whenever doing any car work plus the bucket water is warm.
01-12-2013, 10:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 837
Posted By RLE

This afternoon I washed my C300. Temp was 34...

This afternoon I washed my C300. Temp was 34 degrees F. When I pulled it inside to dry it, it had dropped to 32 deg.

Wasn't all that dirty but........
01-12-2013, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By RLE

OE Mercedes alloys have a little platform inside...

OE Mercedes alloys have a little platform inside the wheel for the sensor to sit on, thus centrifugal force can't break it off the valve stem from the inside.
01-11-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,457
Posted By RLE

I don't know what you are referring to. Your W212...

I don't know what you are referring to. Your W212 maintenance guide clearly shows a brake fluid change every other year.

MB has always said change it every two years.
01-11-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,425
Posted By RLE

Glasurit is a paint brand used by everybody for...

Glasurit is a paint brand used by everybody for decades. Not a specific paint.
01-10-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 17,624
Posted By RLE

Of course it won't effect the warranty. Why...

Of course it won't effect the warranty. Why people post this crap is beyond me. Federal law is clear about this. All you have to do is keep records on oil changes and such and your warranty is...
01-10-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,457
Posted By RLE

Brake fluid change is every two years, not every...

Brake fluid change is every two years, not every 20K miles. Read your manual.
01-09-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,970
Posted By RLE

Doesn't ANYBODY test drive these things before...

Doesn't ANYBODY test drive these things before buying one? After two days with a C250 service loaner recently it was clear that the mismatch between the engine and the trans was unacceptable.
01-09-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By RLE

Way back in the '70s magazine road testers were...

Way back in the '70s magazine road testers were whining about the cruise control stalk position confusing them, poor things. This was a silly complaint then and still is. When I had a C250 service...
01-08-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 60,402
Posted By RLE

Why don't you call MBUSA with that question? And...

Why don't you call MBUSA with that question? And then, post the answer.

If this is true, this is encouraging because perhaps finally MB is stepping up to the plate in re: these designed in faults...
01-08-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,503
Posted By RLE

Of course not. But, they were my former W203...

Of course not. But, they were my former W203 winter wheels with Blizzaks so I had to know if I was looking at new wheels.

I ended up using the OEM 17's the car came with (C300 Lux) and bought a...
01-08-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By RLE

It's hard to imagine that anything could be...

It's hard to imagine that anything could be beyond service limits with such low mileage. Plus, if the pads were worn out the brake warning light would be illuminated.

Since it has a warranty, let...
01-08-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By RLE

You are overlooking the fact that the W205 will...

You are overlooking the fact that the W205 will be built in Alabama. Whether MB will also build cars in Germany for the US market (and thus factory delivery) is completely unknown at this point....
01-05-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 25,543
Posted By RLE

You have a warranty claim.

You have a warranty claim.
01-05-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,469
Posted By RLE

The clutch is not fully disengaging and pressure...

The clutch is not fully disengaging and pressure against the first gear synchro is what's moving the car. You are right not to drive it. It could be the clutch slave cylinder which is a cheap fix. Or...
01-05-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By RLE

There are endless posts here about this including...

There are endless posts here about this including parts lists, videos, how-tos etc. It's a huge and expensive job and not for the faint of heart.

Why not do a search?
01-04-2013, 10:51 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 179,178
Posted By RLE

The cam solenoid harness campaign (NOT A RECALL)...

The cam solenoid harness campaign (NOT A RECALL) has absolutely no connection to an EIS failure since they are separate and unrelated components.
01-04-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,503
Posted By RLE

When I attempted to mount the wheels from my W203...

When I attempted to mount the wheels from my W203 C320 (same wheels as W203 C240) they would not fit over the front calipers on my 2008 C300 Lux. You decide.

Sold them on Craigs list.
01-04-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,681
Posted By RLE

This salesman was likely flogging Hyundai Sonatas...

This salesman was likely flogging Hyundai Sonatas last month and you should have no further dealings with him since he is just plain lying to you.
01-02-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,760
Posted By RLE

Mirror swap-out

I believe so. A while back, someone with a stripper C300 without door opener buttons on his mirror found a used one and after swapping it for the original had working door opener buttons.
01-02-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,725
Posted By RLE

Damage related to this sort of incident is...

Damage related to this sort of incident is covered by your comprehensive insurance minus your deductible. Not foggy lights but real damage.

A few years back here in Seattle we had some torrential...
01-02-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,760
Posted By RLE

There have been a few cases here in the past...

There have been a few cases here in the past where the owner sourced a new mirror (match the color) from a salvage yard since they are interchangeable.
01-02-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,049
Posted By RLE

I'll bet the previous owner ooops leaser touched...

I'll bet the previous owner ooops leaser touched it up before you acquired it.
01-02-2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,725
Posted By RLE

Your advice about water ingestion into the engine...

Your advice about water ingestion into the engine and trans is not valid. The crankcase is sealed at the dipstick and oil cap and if those part's seals had not been airtight, water or not, the check...
01-01-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,093
Posted By RLE

My 2008 built in September 2007 has a drain plug.

My 2008 built in September 2007 has a drain plug.
01-01-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,760
Posted By RLE

Try programming one of the other buttons.

Try programming one of the other buttons.
12-31-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,280
Posted By RLE

Stop/Start has been introduced for one reason...

Stop/Start has been introduced for one reason only which is to improve fuel mileage numbers by some tiny amount. I doubt that very many owners want the feature.
12-31-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,280
Posted By RLE

MLs, GLs ands GLKs are built in the US for...

MLs, GLs ands GLKs are built in the US for domestic sales and export.
12-31-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,725
Posted By RLE

Why would you think this blunder could be covered...

Why would you think this blunder could be covered by warranty?
12-30-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,280
Posted By RLE

First, I doubt that you have much knowledge of...

First, I doubt that you have much knowledge of engine noises in Mexican cars since the comparative numbers to the US are few. You seem convinced that engines for US models are seconds that could...
12-29-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By RLE

I have been using my Topsider since about 2001...

I have been using my Topsider since about 2001 and it does the job just fine. It's a marine item and I bought mine at West Marine, a national chain. About fifty bucks. Holds what the crankcase holds....
12-29-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By RLE

In re: Useless info Department, you find these...

In re: Useless info Department, you find these filters in the brake master cylinder reservoir but not in the coolant. My C300 doesn't have one either.

I agree with looking on the bellypan since...
12-29-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,280
Posted By RLE

Well, that explains something. When I had a 2013...

Well, that explains something. When I had a 2013 C250 Sport (1300 miles) free dealer service loaner (hated it, BTW) last week for a few days, I wondered why the engine didn't shut down when stopped...
12-27-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 943
Posted By RLE

The brown wire is chassis ground, apparently for...

The brown wire is chassis ground, apparently for the entire light which seems to be the problem.
12-26-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By RLE

You have a warranty claim. Why not let your...

You have a warranty claim. Why not let your dealer sort it out?
12-25-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By RLE

My 2001 C320 had BAS. It's not new.

My 2001 C320 had BAS. It's not new.
12-25-2012, 11:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,623
Posted By RLE

That's less than I paid in 2007 from them for my...

That's less than I paid in 2007 from them for my winter tires. Schraders and they are still working fine.
12-24-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,095
Posted By RLE

Repudiated? Nooo.

Repudiated? Nooo.
12-24-2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 37,071
Posted By RLE

A mistype by the service writer. It's still just...

A mistype by the service writer. It's still just a campaign.

Mine was done last week along with a trans service and installation of a TPMS repair kit to fix a leak.
12-24-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 892
Posted By RLE

He's talking about the 7G-Tronic Plus which uses...

He's talking about the 7G-Tronic Plus which uses a different fluid.

The 7G Tronic takes 8 quarts according to the bill for my trans change last week mit torque converter.

You know, the LAME-O...
12-24-2012, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,670
Posted By RLE

No disadvantages. Operation is transparent and...

No disadvantages. Operation is transparent and automatic. After a study, MB determined that people often in fact do not push the pedal hard enough in an emergency stop. The moment foot pressure eases...
12-21-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By RLE

Who cares if it's "required?" My C300 was in just...

Who cares if it's "required?" My C300 was in just yesterday for a trans service (2K miles early to take advantage of the MBUSA service discount) and I instructed them to drain the torque converter...
12-21-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,326
Posted By RLE

It's the lamp out warning.

It's the lamp out warning.
12-20-2012, 11:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,156
Posted By RLE

And the transmission is modified with it's own...

And the transmission is modified with it's own dedicated fluid which CANNOT be used in other 7G transmissions, so don't ask.
12-20-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By RLE

They will replace the fender, then. And when you...

They will replace the fender, then. And when you both have the same company, there are no deductibles. My experience, in my state.
12-20-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By RLE

Looks like the surface of Mars and not a blade of...

Looks like the surface of Mars and not a blade of grass in sight.

Beautiful and artistic photo, nevertheless.
12-20-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 844
Posted By RLE

He isn't going to do that. He's just trying them...

He isn't going to do that. He's just trying them on.

And we all know that you can't program the garage door openers anywhere but at home because the car must communicate with the opener.

RTFM.
12-20-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,995
Posted By RLE

The real problem is that your little jack doesn't...

The real problem is that your little jack doesn't have enough lift. I too purchased a reverse logic adapter (really, too pretty to use) and I can lift both wheels on one side off the ground.

You...
12-20-2012, 12:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By RLE

Paint matching will be no problem but since the...

Paint matching will be no problem but since the front fenders are aluminum, the average schlub may not be able to eliminate the creases..

But then, the other guy is paying so just insist on an...
12-20-2012, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 570
Posted By RLE

SRS warning can only be turned off by a dealer...

SRS warning can only be turned off by a dealer laptop. And more importantly, when the SRS light is on, the entire system if OFF.

So get in there and restore it ASAP.
12-17-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,761
Posted By RLE

In 2008 there was no lighting package. Since the...

In 2008 there was no lighting package. Since the car has Bi-Xenon headlights, LED rear turns and folding rear seats among other things, it has the P2 Package. I have my 2008 window sticker and could...
12-16-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,151
Posted By RLE

It's a real temp gauge and the reading was...

It's a real temp gauge and the reading was normal. The cams are chain driven.
12-14-2012, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By RLE

BUMP

BUMP
12-14-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By RLE

bump

bump
12-14-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,826
Posted By RLE

That odor will disappear eventually when the...

That odor will disappear eventually when the original coatings burn off the exhaust system. It took more than a year before I didn't smell it from my 2008 C300.
12-14-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By RLE

These keys are programmed to a specific vehicle...

These keys are programmed to a specific vehicle and are not interchangeable.
12-14-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 97,900
Posted By RLE

Why don't you forget all this and get on with...

Why don't you forget all this and get on with your life? You have a new car with a warranty for the next four years.

Let somebody work themselves into a state of panic.
12-13-2012, 11:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,663
Posted By RLE

The current German Car mag Auto motor Und Sport...

The current German Car mag Auto motor Und Sport has a picture article showing the undisguised production model, plus the other new models. Also, it's marked C350 but has only one double pipe on the...
12-13-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 700
Posted By RLE

Are these the standard lights or those with LED...

Are these the standard lights or those with LED turns?
12-13-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,532
Posted By RLE

I have a container of the Rejuvenator Oil that...

I have a container of the Rejuvenator Oil that came with my Prestine (NOT Pristene, BTW) as a promotion but have not used it because my leather doesn't need it.

If you have an old car with leather...
12-13-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 37,071
Posted By RLE

it is NOT a recall. Owners of recall cars get a...

it is NOT a recall. Owners of recall cars get a letter. Campaigns are performed when a car comes in for another reason or develops a related problem.
12-13-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 37,071
Posted By RLE

Yes. My 2008 C300 at 50 months old will get the...

Yes. My 2008 C300 at 50 months old will get the fix next week.
12-12-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,532
Posted By RLE

I don't know what sizes the product comes in now...

I don't know what sizes the product comes in now but the container I got is a lifetime supply.

You might have to find it online.
12-12-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 37,071
Posted By RLE

Of course they are not. The cam solenoids are on...

Of course they are not. The cam solenoids are on the front ends of the camshafts on the front of the engine under the forward cover.
12-12-2012, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,532
Posted By RLE

Just last night I cleaned my beige leather...

Just last night I cleaned my beige leather driver's seat with Leatherique Prestine Clean which took about five minutes. I recommend it highly.
12-11-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 768
Posted By RLE

FS/Pre-2012 tails with Euro YELLOW LED turns

Now that I have installed my 2012 rear lights (in my 2008 C300) with YELLOW led turn lights (from MBenzNL in Amsterdam), I am offering for sale the Euro light assemblies with YELLOW LED turns that I...
12-10-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,663
Posted By RLE

I'm talking about the new ones which I have...

I'm talking about the new ones which I have examined.
12-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 548
Posted By RLE

I have the same thing on the LF door of my car....

I have the same thing on the LF door of my car. Push it back in with a round wood tool of some sort. Or a dental pick.
12-10-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 827
Posted By RLE

What could possibly have happened to the wiring?...

What could possibly have happened to the wiring? it's all protected, after all.
12-10-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 928
Posted By RLE

Glowplugs are for starting a cold engine. That's...

Glowplugs are for starting a cold engine. That's all.
12-10-2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,296
Posted By RLE

Except that the picture is too dark, looking at...

Except that the picture is too dark, looking at the Youtube demo.
12-09-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By RLE

Metallic didn't come in to it. The paint just...

Metallic didn't come in to it. The paint just didn't fill in the chips well enough and hiding the gray primer was difficult.
12-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By RLE

I tried this product on my metallic black W203...

I tried this product on my metallic black W203 and found that the results were not in line with their advertising claims. Lighter colors might well be better.
12-09-2012, 11:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,853
Posted By RLE

It was my point because if MB builds them there,...

It was my point because if MB builds them there, they should be cheaper what with no shipping or duty. Apparently the sales volume would never justify in country production.

BTW, do drive trains...
12-09-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By RLE

It's the folded paper in the tool roll. Yes, you...

It's the folded paper in the tool roll. Yes, you do.
12-08-2012, 11:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,853
Posted By RLE

Which does not explain Australian car prices....

Which does not explain Australian car prices. BTW, does MB build cars in AUS?
12-08-2012, 11:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,853
Posted By RLE

Lets face it. Every single car made does the same...

Lets face it. Every single car made does the same thing. A place to sit, in out of the weather, while travelling from A to B. So, an S-Class and a Tata Nano are then in the same class. According to...
12-08-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,389
Posted By RLE

How often is the inspection required? If it's...

How often is the inspection required? If it's annual, just remove and reinstall.
12-08-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,498
Posted By RLE

I think you are right in thinking it's the...

I think you are right in thinking it's the compressor. Since it's a swashplate design they will move when cooling requirements change.

Long out of warranty, right?
12-08-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,893
Posted By RLE

Did he say what the purpose of this might be?

Did he say what the purpose of this might be?
12-08-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 852
Posted By RLE

In that case, find the paintless dent removal guy...

In that case, find the paintless dent removal guy your dealer uses (ask a service writer or the used car manager) and take the car to him for his opinion on your hood dents.

A skilled guy can work...
12-06-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 852
Posted By RLE

Where are you?

Where are you?
12-06-2012, 11:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By RLE

Coolant change is at 15K miles. Why do it early?

Coolant change is at 15K miles. Why do it early?
12-06-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By RLE

Look at those Vogue tires. Still sold, BTW

Look at those Vogue tires. Still sold, BTW
12-06-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Posted By RLE

When people start buying them, I guess.

When people start buying them, I guess.
12-06-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,342
Posted By RLE

The W205 isn't in production yet.

The W205 isn't in production yet.
12-06-2012, 12:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,342
Posted By RLE

I question whether any unused wires are present...

I question whether any unused wires are present anywhere since MB said (some years back) it stopped the practice to save money.

Since there are two seat heat buttons on the dash, aren't there two...
12-06-2012, 12:04 AM
12-05-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,663
Posted By RLE

Tuscaloosa, Alabama where MLs and GLs are built...

Tuscaloosa, Alabama where MLs and GLs are built and whose quality is impeccable so don't start complaining about that.

I will say that taking a factory delivery in Alabama doesn't have quite the...
12-05-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Posted By RLE

Does anyone take MT seriously, anyway?

Does anyone take MT seriously, anyway?
12-05-2012, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,893
Posted By RLE

That green button would have a small 12v wire...

That green button would have a small 12v wire plus ground. I don't know anything for certain because I haven't looked. I'm just using normal electrical troubleshooting procedure.

But I do know...
12-05-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 55,190
Posted By RLE

Sounds like normal fuel flow but choked for...

Sounds like normal fuel flow but choked for intake air at certain RPMs which points to the turbo.

Expensive?
12-05-2012, 12:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 800
Posted By RLE

The cutoff has a purpose which all Euro beam...

The cutoff has a purpose which all Euro beam patterns use to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

You want it.
12-04-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,921
Posted By RLE

If if it has the Sport rear bumper cover, then...

If if it has the Sport rear bumper cover, then anything fitting the Sport.........
12-04-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,893
Posted By RLE

Well, ask yourself, what electrical device in the...

Well, ask yourself, what electrical device in the back is timed.

The green button.

Keep testing.
12-04-2012, 11:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,040
Posted By RLE

Your premium cost depends on where you live, your...

Your premium cost depends on where you live, your age, your credit rating, your driving record, your distance to work if you take the car not to mention what you are driving.

And all this varies,...
12-04-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,893
Posted By RLE

I think you have gotten into the one hour timed...

I think you have gotten into the one hour timed circuit for the green escape button on the inside of the trunklid.

There is switched and un-switched 12V in the fuse panel on the right side behind...
12-02-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,610
Posted By RLE

No chance. The A-post is a major structural part...

No chance. The A-post is a major structural part of the car and and a tiny dent like that needs professional attention if you want to take it out.

For touchup, go to www.paintscratch.com
12-02-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,853
Posted By RLE

So where does the other 34 grand come from?...

So where does the other 34 grand come from? Residual?
12-02-2012, 07:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,853
Posted By RLE

SA MB costs

Since C-Classes are built right there in town, why are they priced so damned high? I assume mine, built in Bremen and with duty, shipping and all the rest of it is still less money.

The Australian...
11-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 848
Posted By RLE

I wouldn't mind if that had happened to MY W203.

I wouldn't mind if that had happened to MY W203.
11-30-2012, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,293
Posted By RLE

Not a Boxster S? Big difference.

Not a Boxster S? Big difference.
11-29-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 28,300
Posted By RLE

That's half the system since the original cheap...

That's half the system since the original cheap speakers are not changed.
11-28-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 575
Posted By RLE

Hill start assist

[QUOTE=W204Man;5448735]No I used it in an e class it will hold the brakes indefinitely until you press on the gas. /QUOTE]

In the W204, on an upslope only, the brakes are held about two seconds,...
11-25-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,466
Posted By RLE

The pressures on the sidewalls are maximums and...

The pressures on the sidewalls are maximums and are never used as running pressures. You are going to have to start out somewhere as a base and then adjust to your tastes. Too high will affect the...
11-25-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,211
Posted By RLE

That's the air pump. Does it whine all the time...

That's the air pump. Does it whine all the time or just after startup?
11-25-2012, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 968
Posted By RLE

Spilling liquids onto the center console is...

Spilling liquids onto the center console is common and despite the wide eyed innocence of the owners, the dealers are well acquainted with this. It is never warranty. Somewhere around $2-300 plus...
11-24-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 649
Posted By RLE

No, it isn't but the car should have been...

No, it isn't but the car should have been road-tested at which point the soft brakes would have been discovered and corrected.

Poor workmanship on the part of the tech.
11-23-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,989
Posted By RLE

Since the coolant in our cars has a 15 year...

Since the coolant in our cars has a 15 year change interval, you need to contact your dealer to find out what they use and how they check it for PH level.

Since in my area our tap water is pure,...
11-18-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 10,772
Posted By RLE

90 to 100 what? Since there are no oil temp or...

90 to 100 what? Since there are no oil temp or oil pressure gauges.
11-16-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,216
Posted By RLE

Driving uninsured

Speaking of driving without insurance, just yesterday here the big TV news coverage was about a 19 year old unlicensed kid from China driving his just-bought black 2008 C350 (with big aftermarket...
11-16-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 956
Posted By RLE

I suppose since it will be a bit larger, all the...

I suppose since it will be a bit larger, all the body panels will be new and there are some new engines plus a hybrid later. And, new electronics with big markups.

Best thing is to find the...
11-16-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,216
Posted By RLE

The leasing company is going to go nuts because...

The leasing company is going to go nuts because you have violated the contract by driving without insurance.

I can go no further because the list nanny will chastise me.
11-16-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,513
Posted By RLE

Folds or tilts???

Folds or tilts???
11-15-2012, 10:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,216
Posted By RLE

States (some) require liability insurance. It's...

States (some) require liability insurance. It's the car's owner (the leasing company) that requires physical damage insurance.
11-15-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 956
Posted By RLE

Thanks for posting this. My subscription copy of...

Thanks for posting this. My subscription copy of AMS arrived this week and I was pleasantly surprised to see this car on the cover with a multi-page picture report inside.

I have been getting...
11-15-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,216
Posted By RLE

Cost you? Do you mean the car isn't insured?

Cost you? Do you mean the car isn't insured?
11-12-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,212
Posted By RLE

Homely. The nose is too big for the rest of it...

Homely. The nose is too big for the rest of it and with that hacked off rear end, the new Golf is far better looking.

As for that sedan lurking in the bushes, what's with those huge nostrils in...
11-12-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 49,489
Posted By RLE

The earlier VWs had a fiber timing gear (not a...

The earlier VWs had a fiber timing gear (not a chain) which eventually failed.

Thinking back into antiquity, weren't those called cam followers which the pushrods were socketed into? Wait, that's...
11-12-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 15,530
Posted By RLE

There's your whole problem then. Everyone else's...

There's your whole problem then. Everyone else's C300 has 228hp.
11-12-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

Of course they don't but as my ad says, they are...

Of course they don't but as my ad says, they are about 1/2 the cost with the advantage of the yellow turns plus no programming.

I love my 2012 versions.
11-12-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 975
Posted By RLE

I lost one of mine the first time I replaced the...

I lost one of mine the first time I replaced the filter. It's still in there someplace.

Forget about it.
11-12-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,644
Posted By RLE

BEST HID HEADLIGHTS

The best HID headlights are the factory originals which include headlight levelling. Everything else is a compromise.

My first experience with HID was with my unlamented 2001 C320 and now my 2008...
11-12-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,911
Posted By RLE

This car is the reason that buying a 2012 was not...

This car is the reason that buying a 2012 was not such a good idea.
11-11-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By RLE

bump

bump
11-11-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By RLE

bump

bump
11-11-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 49,489
Posted By RLE

Really. None of my air-cooled VWs had timing...

Really. None of my air-cooled VWs had timing chains.
11-11-2012, 10:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,111
Posted By RLE

This is surprising since the I'd bet that...

This is surprising since the I'd bet that Porsche, BMW and Audi dealers routinely bleed the clutch when changing the brake fluid. After all, they use the same reservoir. And the clutch is bled from...
11-09-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 179,178
Posted By RLE

It is not a recall. It's a campaign which is...

It is not a recall. It's a campaign which is quite different.

And it's the camshaft solenoid seals. Some leak and some don't so MB is going to replace all of them. And it's all M272 engines.
11-06-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,324
Posted By RLE

True, but a little pricey rather than just...

True, but a little pricey rather than just correct an installation error.

Thanks for mentioning it, though.
11-06-2012, 11:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,324
Posted By RLE

The unit you installed shows as open to the lamp...

The unit you installed shows as open to the lamp out sensor. The switch to the other bulb is normal and will continue until you correct your connections.
11-06-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,726
Posted By RLE

What do you mean "if it was"? It has been proven...

What do you mean "if it was"? It has been proven that it's the temp sensor.

Dual Zone means you can turn the temp up or down separately each side.
11-05-2012, 07:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,726
Posted By RLE

When in fact they are just getting closer to the...

When in fact they are just getting closer to the mike which is near the mirror.
11-05-2012, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,726
Posted By RLE

Cabin air temp sensor. All MBs with climate...

Cabin air temp sensor.

All MBs with climate control have had this going back as far as you want to. There is usually a small fan that draws in air past the sensor which is at the inner end of a...
11-03-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 63,596
Posted By RLE

Yes, but not the 2012 lights. See my post in...

Yes, but not the 2012 lights.

See my post in re: selling my Euro (yellow LED turns) tail lights fitting 2008-2011 models.

$300 including Fedex ground shipping in the US.
11-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,219
Posted By RLE

This looks like a competitor for Brembo. What are...

This looks like a competitor for Brembo. What are the technical differences?

I wonder if installing gigantic front brakes is going to create an imbalance.
11-01-2012, 10:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,105
Posted By RLE

First, the torque converter locks up in all seven...

First, the torque converter locks up in all seven gears except when it's changing gears

And at 60 mph (just as an example) the trans will be in 7th gear regardless of S or E. It might not be at...
11-01-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By RLE

This is your first car? By trading in a 2011...

This is your first car?

By trading in a 2011 you will lose far more in depreciation that several transmissions would cost.

Not to mention that your car will be under warranty for some time yet....
10-30-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,245
Posted By RLE

Scroll up to post #21 for the explanation of why...

Scroll up to post #21 for the explanation of why this cannot be done in the W204.
10-30-2012, 07:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By RLE

2008/2011 Euro rear lights with yellow LED turns

Now that I have installed my 2012 rear lights (in my 2008 C300) with yellow led turn lights (from MBenzNL in Amsterdam), I am offering for sale the Euro light assemblies with yellow LED turns that I...
10-30-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By RLE

bump

bump
10-30-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By RLE

Pretty hard for the service writer to say "Oh,...

Pretty hard for the service writer to say "Oh, they all do that."
10-29-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

Huh?

Huh?
10-29-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 45,280
Posted By RLE

And you found out about this how?

And you found out about this how?
10-28-2012, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By RLE

No.

No.
10-28-2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,246
Posted By RLE

This car has the lavish equipment level of a...

This car has the lavish equipment level of a Cairo taxicab. It lacks ALL of the bells and whistles. Spend a bit more to find a car with the equipment you want.
10-28-2012, 10:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By RLE

The brake lights illuminate with the ignition in...

The brake lights illuminate with the ignition in the on position. Whether the engine is running (on) or not is irrelevant.
10-27-2012, 01:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

You can sell them on to a poor unfortunate...

You can sell them on to a poor unfortunate without P2. That's what I did with the OE LED tails on my P2 car 4 years back.
10-27-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 45,280
Posted By RLE

I had my new lights reprogrammed today by him at...

I had my new lights reprogrammed today by him at his shop and he told me in that group buy (never again) that half of those that signed up dropped out and several others were very late in shipping to...
10-27-2012, 12:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,043
Posted By RLE

Here's why they said that and it's standard...

Here's why they said that and it's standard policy. If your car was in for a scheduled service, the tech looks at the brakes and if it looks like they will be worn out before the next scheduled...
10-27-2012, 12:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By RLE

Go into Comand's System page where you find the...

Go into Comand's System page where you find the manual clock reset. My Comand does not reset the clock.
10-27-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

Pix

Here they are the day I installed them.
10-27-2012, 12:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

You won't be buying the 2012 version, then, at...

You won't be buying the 2012 version, then, at more than twice the cost.

Had my 2012's programmed today by whipple.

So much light.....
10-26-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,299
Posted By RLE

Correct. Every dealer has people that come...

Correct.

Every dealer has people that come around on a regular basis to repair damage like yours, remove small dents and touch up paint defects on trade-ins.

Just ask the dealer when the...
10-26-2012, 12:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,043
Posted By RLE

Talk about a hard sell... If your brake pad...

Talk about a hard sell...

If your brake pad warning light is not illuminated, you have plenty of time to choose which pads you want to buy. I seriously doubt the discs need replacing (MB says,...
10-25-2012, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,918
Posted By RLE

FOR SALE/PRE 2012 EURO TAILS WITH YELLOW LED TURNS

Now that I have installed my 2012 rear lights (in my 2008 C300) with YELLOW led turn lights (from MBenzNL in Amsterdam), I am offering for sale the Euro light assemblies with YELLOW LED turns that I...
10-25-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By RLE

W204 2008-2011 P2 LED turns

Now that I have installed my 2012 rear lights (in my 2008 C300) with yellow led turn lights (from MBenzNL in Amsterdam), I am offering for sale the Euro light assemblies with yellow LED turns that I...
10-24-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 24,520
Posted By RLE

Really. What about this one just the other day in...

Really. What about this one just the other day in re:engine vibrations.

Originally Posted by jctevere:

It is indeed normal. This is because the lifters are activated when it is cold out -...
10-24-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,982
Posted By RLE

Two V-6s, one a diesel. Is the C-63 still a V-8...

Two V-6s, one a diesel. Is the C-63 still a V-8 or is it a V-6? Can't tell from the table. Everything else is 4-cylinders. Odd that the designation C-400 is used even though the are no 4-liter...
10-22-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,344
Posted By RLE

He should check the repair orders for the two...

He should check the repair orders for the two previous trans fluid changes to see how many quarts of what fluid he was billed for each time. If it wasn't the correct fluid and it can be proven that...
10-22-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,267
Posted By RLE

The self adjusting shocks are purely mechanical...

The self adjusting shocks are purely mechanical with no electronics at all. And if any W204 has variable ratio power steering, it came a lot later than 2008.

I don't know about the C250's little...
10-21-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,881
Posted By RLE

Unless you are using cheap no-name gas or the car...

Unless you are using cheap no-name gas or the car sits for months at a time, you don't need anything on a regular basis.
10-19-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 55,829
Posted By RLE

The seat is all the way down?

The seat is all the way down?
10-19-2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,894
Posted By RLE

You have a 2013 E in the family? Is the the...

You have a 2013 E in the family? Is the the rebodied one then? A friend is doing a factory pickup in a week or so of a new E Bluetec Diesel and I've been wondering if it will be the new model.
10-19-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,526
Posted By RLE

Nicely done without going overboard and maxing...

Nicely done without going overboard and maxing out your Visa card. Only thing missing is tail lights and do I have a deal for you.

My 2012 tail lights have just shipped from Amsterdam since I...
10-19-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,526
Posted By RLE

What exactly is the point in obscuring the plate,...

What exactly is the point in obscuring the plate, anyway? Here are my two plates for the world to see.
10-19-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,899
Posted By RLE

They might sell more easily if you remove the...

They might sell more easily if you remove the black paint. Narrows the market considerably.
10-19-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,606
Posted By RLE

I believe it was agreed here recently not to use...

I believe it was agreed here recently not to use the expression "retarded" here since it's insulting, demeaning and immature.

Just sayin'.
10-19-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 55,829
Posted By RLE

How about moving the seat forward and reclining...

How about moving the seat forward and reclining the backrest a bit?
10-19-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,899
Posted By RLE

Ugly and hard to clean with all those spokes.

Ugly and hard to clean with all those spokes.
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