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02-17-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By Mike5215

Oh that thing is the balls. All is well. I...

Oh that thing is the balls. All is well. I havenít had a Benz for the past couple years when I gave the C300 to one of my kids to run out the lease (and got the BMW instead.) He brought it back since...
02-15-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By Mike5215

Thanks! Iíve had it a little over a year and I...

Thanks! Iíve had it a little over a year and I still look back at it after I park it.
02-15-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, BMW isnít especially creative with their...

Yeah, BMW isnít especially creative with their interiors. The cool part is you can easily swap on and off trim sets to change the look. Everything snaps on and off. That was a set I got cheap on EBay...
02-15-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By Mike5215

Both BMW forums are useless. Nothing but owners...

Both BMW forums are useless. Nothing but owners sharing their car-related thoughts and questions. Whatís the point?
...
02-14-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,601
Posted By Mike5215

The W205 does not have Active Noise Cancellation....

The W205 does not have Active Noise Cancellation. It supposedly has something Mercedes calls Vehicle Noise Compensation (VNC), but it does not involve any microphones in the cabin ďlisteningĒ. As...
02-14-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,568
Posted By Mike5215

I hadnít seen the new Prima. I have the prior...

I hadnít seen the new Prima. I have the prior generation 8.9. Itís kind of a nightmare to configure but it sound good once itís set up.

To my ear at least, sealed cabinets sound tighter, with...
02-14-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mike5215

Drop the wheel off at the dealer and have them...

Drop the wheel off at the dealer and have them let their mobile scratch guy fix it. Mercedes doesnít sell wheel-colored touch up paint. Itíll have to be custom tinted, which is what mobile scratch...
02-14-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mike5215

Wurth is silver paint for painted wheels. There...

Wurth is silver paint for painted wheels. There is nothing painted silver on your AMG wheels. They have a machined and clear coated lip and face and a painted barrel and spoke detail. Wurths wonít...
02-13-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mike5215

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1600x1600/25a25d39_701b_495d_b6ce_bf92cad21c95_64776788f8987b6922bc39a03617ecd7a3ff1cd5.jpeg


I believe the Wurths is a match for the silver...
02-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mike5215

I donít think Mercedes stocks or sells wheel...

I donít think Mercedes stocks or sells wheel touch up paint. (Iím not even sure Mercedes makes its own wheels). I have a Palladium Gray C300 and the wheels are a very close match. Selenite Gray might...
02-13-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,568
Posted By Mike5215

The 205 definitely suffers from deficient bass,...

The 205 definitely suffers from deficient bass, including low bass, but also mid-bass. I found that even a 10Ē ported sub was a little too loose and boomy. I ended up with a JL dual 8Ē, also ported,...
02-13-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By Mike5215

[QUOTE=PADesignss;7680727]Thank you so much. Do...

[QUOTE=PADesignss;7680727]Thank you so much. Do you recommend a specific sidewall size?[/]

On a W204 the sizes were 225/40/18 front and 255/35/18 rear with 7.5/8.5

Remember that the sidewall...
02-13-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By Mike5215

Youíre welcome. Any wheel for or from the W220 S...

Youíre welcome. Any wheel for or from the W220 S Class, W221 S Class, W215 CL or W216 CL and W204 and W205 C Class will fit. They all share the same offsets, hub bore, bolt circle and widths.

Just...
Forum: C450/C43 AMG
02-12-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,423
Posted By Mike5215

I built my last Benz (C300) and transparency is...

I built my last Benz (C300) and transparency is not their thing. Almost zero info and the thing just showed up one day, which I figured was normal. Last year I built a BMW, total opposite. I tracked...
02-12-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,391
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I built mine specifically to get Air based...

Yeah I built mine specifically to get Air based on my test drives of cars with both the sport and base suspensions, and difference wheel sizes. It definitely feels more like a Mercedes on the air...
02-12-2019, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By Mike5215

Yes, if the new wheels are off a W205 theyíll...

Yes, if the new wheels are off a W205 theyíll share the same offsets and should bolt right up. No clearance issues.
02-12-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,391
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, all the 205ís are unnecessarily stiff. I...

Yeah, all the 205ís are unnecessarily stiff. I swapped the runflats for Michelin Pilot Supersports about 2 lbs under on psi. Every little bit helps.
02-12-2019, 12:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By Mike5215

Not to mention kissing any warranty and the...

Not to mention kissing any warranty and the resale value goodbye with the ECU flash, turbo and catless downpipe. Did BMS sell Beta JB4s for $750 for the w205? Arenít Betas usually given away as a way...
02-10-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By Mike5215

Damn, $750 and 6hp? I don't know if BMS would be...

Damn, $750 and 6hp? I don't know if BMS would be around long if was selling horsepower at $125 per horse.

Iím guessing the OP isnít up for bolt-on stuff and an ECU flash, just looking for a little...
02-10-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,780
Posted By Mike5215

MF is padded and Iím not sure what the $700...

MF is padded and Iím not sure what the $700 ďupfront feesĒ represents. You can ask the dealer to strip out the padding. If they decline, try another dealer. Iíve never paid over MBFSí interest rate...
02-10-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By Mike5215

I stand corrected. But damn...it took them two...

I stand corrected. But damn...it took them two more years to finally put the right tranny in the C300?
02-10-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By Mike5215

Definitely, but the Dinan boost controller makes...

Definitely, but the Dinan boost controller makes very little difference and the app isnít ready for prime time. The Burger Motorsports JB4 is probably what youíre looking for. Itís 4 plug and play...
02-10-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,391
Posted By Mike5215

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

Yeah, itís a shame they discontinued it. Iíd have vastly preferred it to the C300, especially the C300 with the seven speed transmission. A 300 isnít quick or fun, which is okay since itís not a...
02-09-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,391
Posted By Mike5215

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

The ďtellĒ here is that last line... youíre really not looking for a sedate sedan... you guys want something way sexier and way more fun. Maturity and practicality are crappy reasons to deprive...
02-09-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 49,429
Posted By Mike5215

That sounds to me like sympathetic frequency...

That sounds to me like sympathetic frequency vibrations causing the speaker grilles to resonate (buzz) at certain specific frequencies. The fix is to dampen the grilles. Usually working some very...
02-09-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By Mike5215

Iíd suggest avoiding the Ď16 for the 7 speed...

Iíd suggest avoiding the Ď16 for the 7 speed transmission. I believe 17+ got the 8 speed. The somewhat raspy inline 4 mated with the spastic 7 speed kills a lot of the ďluxuryĒ vibe. The 8 is better...
11-13-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By Mike5215

The tips and diffuser are an aftermarket kit. The...

The tips and diffuser are an aftermarket kit. The tips are too wide for the openings in the standard diffuser. The C63 replica wheels will be available as well. Right now I'm only listing stuff as it...
11-13-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By Mike5215

The airbag and control buttons would work. The...

The airbag and control buttons would work. The lower trim needs a flat bottom wheel.
11-13-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By Mike5215

Dinan is sold! I have more stuff Iíll put up once...

Dinan is sold! I have more stuff Iíll put up once itís off the car. C63 rear diffuser and tips, Midcity Engineering Auto Stop/Start defeat.
11-12-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,201
Posted By Mike5215

Selling My W205 Toys!

10% off for any forum member, provide your handle when ordering.

Genuine RW Carbon Red Start Button:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F352513356751...
08-31-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By Mike5215

There's a small 6" woofer in the right passenger...

There's a small 6" woofer in the right passenger footwell. You're probably over-driving it. Aside from reducing the amount of bass signal overall or adding a sub box and amp, not much you can do.
08-30-2017, 11:11 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 49,429
Posted By Mike5215

I'd think it would be limited to damage to the...

I'd think it would be limited to damage to the factory amp or the factory speakers specifically. For example if the DSP caused a low impedance condition that cooked the amp, or if the DSP had a power...
08-30-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,513
Posted By Mike5215

Bass and Treble to 10, Mids to -10 is a start....

Bass and Treble to 10, Mids to -10 is a start. Then get an EQ app for your phone to fine tune. I use EQu for IOS by Elephant Candy. It sounds great but only works on your local audio files, not...
08-30-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 49,429
Posted By Mike5215

The DSP would allow you to suppress the...

The DSP would allow you to suppress the frequencies that cause the buzzing but at the expense of getting the sound you actually want. When we did my 205 the shop also Hushmatted the crap out of the...
08-29-2017, 10:27 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 49,429
Posted By Mike5215

Your current car has a Harman/Kardon system too....

Your current car has a Harman/Kardon system too. It just happens to be a poorly designed one with a different name on it. Here's a write up on upgrading the factory Burmester:
...
08-21-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,328
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, where the Burmester gets an external amp ...

Yeah, where the Burmester gets an external amp in the trunk, the A20 gets its power directly from the head unit. There's a write up at www.w205audio.wordpress.com

There's a link for the A20 on...
08-20-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,877
Posted By Mike5215

Not just me. Lots of owners and reviewers find...

Not just me. Lots of owners and reviewers find the ride on 19" especially harsh. After I had that 430 over the summer I put the tire pressure on the C back to OEM and set the suspension, engine and...
08-20-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,154
Posted By Mike5215

I'm not sure what the C300 is. It's too slow to...

I'm not sure what the C300 is. It's too slow to be a sports sedan, and way too stiff and jittery (with the 7 speed) to be a luxury sedan. It's handsome and has a very pretty interior. It would be...
08-20-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,154
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah. Probably has a better stereo and CarPlay...

Yeah. Probably has a better stereo and CarPlay too. We have a 1999 Civic EX coupe that my kids all learned to drive on and is now my elderly mom's car. She loves it. Reliable as hell and everything...
08-20-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,877
Posted By Mike5215

Yessir. Optional up to 2017. Highly recommended...

Yessir. Optional up to 2017. Highly recommended if you're at all concerned about ride quality issues, or want to run 19" wheels and still retain kidney function.
08-20-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,154
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

I thought it was because it's a...
08-19-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,543
Posted By Mike5215

Well here's a kick in the head. I swapped cars...

Well here's a kick in the head. I swapped cars with my kid. He needed to travel on business and he drives a little Scion FR-S with a six speed manual, so I've had the Scion for a week and he took the...
08-19-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,877
Posted By Mike5215

You'll know if there's an AirMatic malfunction...

You'll know if there's an AirMatic malfunction just by looking at the car. It'll be squatting down with the tires up inside the wheel wells and it'll drive like a go kart. AirMatic functions normally...
08-16-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Mike5215

411333 Staggered 18", 45mm offsets.

411333

Staggered 18", 45mm offsets.
08-16-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By Mike5215

Hard to tell. The whole car looks low for a base...

Hard to tell. The whole car looks low for a base (non Sport) suspension. I guess go by a dealers lot and compare.
08-16-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By Mike5215

Push down hard with all your weight on the rear...

Push down hard with all your weight on the rear and let go. It should instantly bounce right back. Without AirMatic's load leveling ability, adding more weight in passengers and cargo will compress...
08-16-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,748
Posted By Mike5215

Of all the kitchen-implement based phone mounts...

Of all the kitchen-implement based phone mounts this one definitely has the biggest spoon. 😉
08-15-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Mike5215

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

Pull forward a bit then and have someone back the car up while you go under the front and push the plastic shield up and clear of the stop. It's flexible (which is how you got it caught in the first...
08-15-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,203
Posted By Mike5215

A lot depends on the value of the car. If it's a...

A lot depends on the value of the car. If it's a stripped down base model it's worth all of $20k. 80% is $16k. My 16 had a rear end hit that wasn't as bad and that repair was $16k. Under that...
08-15-2017, 12:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By Mike5215

What state is it titled and registered in? Did...

What state is it titled and registered in? Did you buy it new?
08-15-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,203
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

A lot...
08-14-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By Mike5215

Every German luxury brand, including Mercedes, is...

Every German luxury brand, including Mercedes, is expensive to repair outside of warranty. The number of repair incidents isn't especially high relative to non German makes but the repair costs...
08-13-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

One guy on here did a cut and buff on his entire...

One guy on here did a cut and buff on his entire car to get the peel knocked down. Came out great but damn...
08-13-2017, 08:39 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 22,946
Posted By Mike5215

Do the OEM WHEEL guys owe you money or something?...

Do the OEM WHEEL guys owe you money or something? There are dozens of AMG replica wheel dealers on EBay. Just search "20" AMG style S550 wheels". Anything that fits any S Class or CL Class from 2000...
08-13-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 20,911
Posted By Mike5215

You realize his post was three years old right?

You realize his post was three years old right?
08-13-2017, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 320
Posted By Mike5215

The latter.

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

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

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

Curbing a $200...
08-13-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

The fact that there's overspray indicates that...

The fact that there's overspray indicates that they didn't bother to pull the cover off to repair and refinish it. They actually made the problem worse.
08-13-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,227
Posted By Mike5215

They just keep getting fatter and meaner until...

They just keep getting fatter and meaner until they're no longer recognizable. I still like mine because she's less fat and not as mean as my friend's wives. Also she has no idea how much a new...
08-13-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By Mike5215

EBay.

EBay.
08-12-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,301
Posted By Mike5215

Technically true, but do you want an engine that...

Technically true, but do you want an engine that was completely torn down to the block by a tech in a local service department rather than assembled by Mercedes in a factory? The recall might have...
08-12-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

Those dip ****s spot painted the bumper. It needs...

Those dip ****s spot painted the bumper. It needs to come off the car, free of all trim and sensors (duh), and wet sanded to get the new paint down to the level of the old paint and get that orange...
08-12-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 647
Posted By Mike5215

Early builds had significant problems, including...

Early builds had significant problems, including engine rebuilds under a recall. Those cars can still be sold as CPO. Otherwise CPO is really the only way to buy a used Benz and not get murdered. Add...
08-12-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike5215

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

Beautiful car, but it's clearly a cupcake killer.
08-12-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,232
Posted By Mike5215

This is probably nothing you're going to be able...

This is probably nothing you're going to be able to repair yourself. In addition to needing a bumper assembly (cover and inner shell), a right (and possibly center) splitter, and probably a right...
08-11-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By Mike5215

My guess is the center dash speaker grille. If...

My guess is the center dash speaker grille. If pressing on it stops the rattle, that's your culprit. It just snaps into the dash, so you can pry up an edge and lift upward and it'll come out. I put a...
08-11-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,301
Posted By Mike5215

It's a substantial improvement. Probably the...

It's a substantial improvement. Probably the most improvement you can expect from a tire change. I also have AirMatic so I'm not sure how the MPSS feel on a steel Sport suspension.
08-10-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,301
Posted By Mike5215

The go-to non run flat replacement for guys who...

The go-to non run flat replacement for guys who have made the switch seems to be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, although they discontinued making the size for the 18" fronts on a Sport. Last I...
08-10-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,301
Posted By Mike5215

The engine fire issue requires first that the...

The engine fire issue requires first that the engine be hydro locked. You hydro lock an engine by allowing water to enter the air intake. Since water can't be compressed, when the piston begins a...
08-10-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,010
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah don't do that. A very tiny bit on a clean...

Yeah don't do that. A very tiny bit on a clean cloth applied with you finger tip. Take a pass or two and then wipe away the excess to see what you're getting.
08-09-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By Mike5215

I dunno. My grand prize winner for exorbitant...

I dunno. My grand prize winner for exorbitant repair costs was an 06 S500, at around $20k over three years. Luckily it was a CPO and I only had to eat a tranny for $6k at 103,000 miles.

My 430 was...
08-09-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah there were about a gazillion 2016 450's when...

Yeah there were about a gazillion 2016 450's when I was looking. To the OP, I actually put a CC deposit and made a deal at 10% off MSRP on a 450 about 5 hours away (had my colors and options). Once I...
08-09-2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,010
Posted By Mike5215

If you scrape a fingernail over it can you feel...

If you scrape a fingernail over it can you feel it catch on the defect? If so, you'll probably have to live with it. If not, try a little polishing compound on a clean cloth and work it in the same...
08-09-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike5215

I'm in Gainesville FL.

I'm in Gainesville FL.
08-08-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike5215

I'd like to drive a 400 but around here they're...

I'd like to drive a 400 but around here they're like unicorns.
08-05-2017, 11:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,311
Posted By Mike5215

410542

410542
08-05-2017, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,311
Posted By Mike5215

I think spoilers look best body colored and...

I think spoilers look best body colored and integrated. Also a C63 diffuser and quad tips really beef up the tail.

Yeah, quad tips on a C300 is a little gay, but mine got hit and for the same...
08-05-2017, 11:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mike5215

It can't be the only 2010 W221 in existence....

It can't be the only 2010 W221 in existence. Might need to travel a bit. You're kind of bottom feeding with these high mileage cars. Is money an issue?
08-05-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By Mike5215

There are fuse blocks on either end of the...

There are fuse blocks on either end of the dashboard that have switched 12v. I forget which specific circuits are switched so a voltmeter or some trial and error.

To access the blocks pry the...
08-05-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,325
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

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

No difference in wheel design 4Matic vs RWD. Need to check the offset (it should be stamped on the back somewhere). If they're off a 221 you'll be fine.
08-03-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,496
Posted By Mike5215

They'll have virtually identical side wall...

They'll have virtually identical side wall profiles. The rear sidewalls are 2mm shorter than the fronts, which would be visually imperceptible.

"30" or "35" isn't a size, it's a ratio. To get the...
08-02-2017, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,643
Posted By Mike5215

I think they'd fit with a little mod (the...

I think they'd fit with a little mod (the "Burmester" use a snap-in ball mount) but they'd probably make little difference. It's the EQ that's the real problem.
08-01-2017, 10:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Mike5215

The messages all relate to a malfunction of the...

The messages all relate to a malfunction of the cameras used to track lane markings and read speed limit signs. Since Presafe relies in part on data from those cameras, the system cannot perform...
08-01-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike5215

The CPO can be extended to a total of 3 years....

The CPO can be extended to a total of 3 years. One additional year is $2200, two years is $4500. Its transferable to a private buyer, or any unused premium can be returned in cash to you.

I always...
08-01-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By Mike5215

You'll be fine. Should bolt right up.

You'll be fine. Should bolt right up.
08-01-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 479
Posted By Mike5215

For those still following the ******* story

The hosting service of my blog "******* Scams" received a DCMA Take-Down Request from Vitaliy Sokolov. Under the DCMA, the host could be required to delete the content. Since my content, including ...
08-01-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

You just have to get past the interior. Really...

You just have to get past the interior. Really just the instrument cluster and CUE. Apparently the 18's (or maybe 19's) are getting an updated CUE. I hope they rework the IC too.
08-01-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

Let's say hypothetically the plan was to...

Let's say hypothetically the plan was to "accidentally" leave the car in a "bad" neighborhood with the keys in it. And the car actually gets stolen. And you have a perfectly plausible explanation for...
08-01-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 445
Posted By Mike5215

I'd be surprised if the USB ports didn't draw...

I'd be surprised if the USB ports didn't draw power from the head unit vs being on their own fused circuit. The SD slot shouldn't draw power at all. Might need a dealer visit to sort it out.
07-31-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

I worked SIU for Progressive (special...

I worked SIU for Progressive (special investigation unit) that handled all theft and fire cases. I popped several frauds and we always referred the cases to the DA but only one I recall led to a...
07-31-2017, 08:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Honestly the ATS-V is high on my list.

Honestly the ATS-V is high on my list.
07-31-2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Mike5215

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

Yeah, but honestly the tires looked horrible on WPH's S600. He deliberately oversized them out of concerns over ride quality going to 20". Stick with the OEM sizes and the car will look good and...
07-31-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Apparently mine got built on a Friday close to...

Apparently mine got built on a Friday close to quitting time.
07-31-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah same with the Alabama built C sedans vs the...

Yeah same with the Alabama built C sedans vs the German built coupes. Guys who've driven both say they feel and drive like completely different cars, with the most common description of the coupe...
07-31-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, now that I think back my first black Zaino...

Yeah, now that I think back my first black Zaino car was a 2005 GTO. Hard to believe that was 12 years ago. I guess there probably are more advanced products now, considering that in 2005 the IPhone...
07-31-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yikes! Good to know. The rental was a brand new...

Yikes! Good to know. The rental was a brand new 2018 with maybe 1k miles on it, and we put another 2400 on as well. My C started rattling at around 3k and has gotten progressively worse. I have felt...
07-31-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

This is what I get for posting when I'm half...

This is what I get for posting when I'm half asleep on the crapper.

Let me clarify. I'm not referring to compounds (buffing compound/polishing compound). Those of course all are intentionally...
07-31-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,074
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I saw that coming. When I wanted a 16 with...

Yeah I saw that coming. When I wanted a 16 with AirMatic there were exactly four new AirMatic equipped C's in the US. I ended up building one, because very few dealers ever ordered the package for...
07-31-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

Instead of a wax (which contains mild...

Instead of a wax (which contains mild abrasives...it works by cleaning and making microscopic cuts in the clear coat and temporarily filling them) try a polish.

Since a good polish has no...
07-30-2017, 11:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By Mike5215

You know what they say. The 18th time is the...

You know what they say. The 18th time is the charm. Not sure why the selector got buggy. But you don't have a FWD car. RWD or AWD.
07-30-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

I like silver but it's so light it's hard to get...

I like silver but it's so light it's hard to get a lot of depth from the polish. It looks best appreciated up close in sunlight. Hides scratches the best though.
07-30-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By Mike5215

The medium tone metallics seem to be the best at...

The medium tone metallics seem to be the best at camouflaging dirt. I took a break from black and got my C in Palladium Grey. It's like being on vacation, but the car isn't very dramatic looking....
07-30-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

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

Many black cars including two S Class. Nothing looks meaner than a black Benz. As soon as I get them I wash them with Dawn to strip any remaining wax or polish, clay bar to make sure the paint is...
07-29-2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Ok, here's the wrap. The 430 on the interstate at...

Ok, here's the wrap. The 430 on the interstate at 80 mph had an ambient interior noise level of 75db. The C is at 80db. 75db is reasonably quiet. 80db is a good bit louder, which is one of the...
07-29-2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

Got it. You'd buy 2 extra years of CPO which has...

Got it. You'd buy 2 extra years of CPO which has no mileage limits. I'd just watch the net cost when all is said and done and make sure the deal still makes sense.
07-29-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

If you choose to buy the car at lease end all...

If you choose to buy the car at lease end all you'd owe is the residual. No miles or excess wear/tear charges. He'd like to avoid the mileage charge and also extend the warranty.

I'd buy the car...
07-29-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

Ok, but understand that the dealership, which is...

Ok, but understand that the dealership, which is an independent business that is not owned by Mercedes, must pay Mercedes around $2,000 in order for Mercedes to agree to certify the car for them. Not...
07-28-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

I'm still confused. So your dealer is going to...

I'm still confused. So your dealer is going to pay MBFS the residual value, and buy the car from them. Then they're going to pay MB corporate for the certification, plus pay for whatever...
07-28-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I think the 400 is the way to go. The 450...

Yeah I think the 400 is the way to go. The 450 was too much sound and fury for me for a DD. I think back to what my SA told me before I leased the 300, having been through 3 S Classes with me): "Just...
07-27-2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 679
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, too much money for a mod that is entirely...

Yeah, too much money for a mod that is entirely cosmetic. For almost the same money you can get an Audison DSP amp that transforms the whole system.
07-27-2017, 10:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By Mike5215

Definitely drive stuff. Ignore the brand and the...

Definitely drive stuff. Ignore the brand and the marketing. The longer the test drive the better. I had a C as a loaner for a couple of weeks and ended up really liking it. The 340i cost a couple...
07-27-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By Mike5215

Only the front calipers on a Sport are dressed.

Only the front calipers on a Sport are dressed.
07-27-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,289
Posted By Mike5215

Low profile tires and vastly reduced suspension...

Low profile tires and vastly reduced suspension travel tends to result in a harsher ride. There's no free lunch when it comes to a drop. You always give up something in exchange for the cool look.
07-27-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

The BMW impressed me. I felt the car rode and handled better, and while...
07-26-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

How did they come up with the agreed price?...

How did they come up with the agreed price? Residual plus certification costs?
07-26-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,662
Posted By Mike5215

Focal makes the IFBMW and IFBMW-S drop in...

Focal makes the IFBMW and IFBMW-S drop in replacement speakers for the Harman Kardon system in BMWs. The IFBMW is a 2 way 4 inch, and the IFBMW S is an 8" dual coil shallow mount sub. Neither are the...
07-26-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

I don't think you can "CPO" the car. First the...

I don't think you can "CPO" the car. First the receiving dealer has dibs on the turn-in. He may decide to keep it in his used inventory if it's an especially desirable model. The decision to CPO it...
07-26-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,779
Posted By Mike5215

MB will sell you an Extended Limited Warranty...

MB will sell you an Extended Limited Warranty that adds 5/75,000 I believe. That starts ticking after the original warranty ends. You can buy it at any time as long as you bought the car from an MB...
07-26-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 429
Views: 118,543
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I'm on the road and on the mobile app. I...

Yeah I'm on the road and on the mobile app. I can't manage the inbox until I get on a desktop. I'll have it cleared by tomorrow.
07-26-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,055
Posted By Mike5215

Well, don't ignore all the complaints. Give...

Well, don't ignore all the complaints. Give weight to any that are specific and for which there is a consensus. Rattles, jerky shifts, excessive wind noise would fall into that category. It is after...
07-26-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By Mike5215

Does it ever flicker or sporadically dim?

Does it ever flicker or sporadically dim?
07-24-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,662
Posted By Mike5215

The speaker's power rating is only part of the...

The speaker's power rating is only part of the equation. The speaker's efficiency rating is a major factor. A speaker rated for 100 watts nominal with an 87% efficiency (poor) will not play as loudly...
07-24-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,379
Posted By Mike5215

Sorry. On the 2011 you need the MMI cable...

Sorry. On the 2011 you need the MMI cable specific to the 221. It plugs into the glove box, upper right, into a rectangular receptacle that looks like a wide USB port.

The cable splits off into a...
07-24-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,055
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I'd recommend driving the other cars in the...

Yeah I'd recommend driving the other cars in the class before deciding. I've had a 430i as a rental for the past couple of weeks.

The 3-4 Series power trains are smoother, the interiors while not...
07-24-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,379
Posted By Mike5215

That's probably all you'll get. Run an RCA to...

That's probably all you'll get. Run an RCA to stereo 3.5mm cable to wherever your device will be. Or a Bluetooth receiver so you can stream BT audio. Most 07-09 didn't get Aux at all. The Miccus...
07-24-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,055
Posted By Mike5215

Have you driven one yet?

Have you driven one yet?
07-23-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,662
Posted By Mike5215

Nice! What I've learned about the W205 speakers...

Nice! What I've learned about the W205 speakers (Burmester or A20) is they use rare earth magnets (neodymium) that are significantly stronger than the big conventional magnets we're accustomed to...
07-23-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By Mike5215

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

I have a 330i vert as a rental for a couple of weeks. Very nice little car, drives beautifully and handles well. Good audio (much better than the HK in the 221). Interior design and materials are a...
07-22-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 308
Posted By Mike5215

If I'm reading it right, there were aftermarket...

If I'm reading it right, there were aftermarket wheels on the car originally and you're replacing those? The OEM wheels have a single integrated valve stem and TPMS. They use a single hole. I've...
07-22-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By Mike5215

I don't think there's necessarily anything...

I don't think there's necessarily anything special about AMG branded wheels anymore vs any other similarly sized aftermarket wheels or regular non AMG Mercedes wheels.

The 221 could be spec'd...
07-21-2017, 11:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

I looked for the audio upgrade option on the...

I looked for the audio upgrade option on the configurator for the 430, but I'll take another shot at it. My 430 may have Dakota leather but it's not perforated and it's awfully stiff. I think it's...
07-21-2017, 11:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

First I need to get back in the C and get it on...

First I need to get back in the C and get it on the highway to figure out why it doesn't track as well or feel as stable as the BMW. I'm on aftermarket rims (8.5/9.5) but with the OEM tire sizes, so...
07-21-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, should be fine. I'm at 45mm x 18", 8.5/9.5...

Yeah, should be fine. I'm at 45mm x 18", 8.5/9.5 and no clearance issues.
07-21-2017, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By Mike5215

Nothing in Armor All is corrosive or would cause...

Nothing in Armor All is corrosive or would cause oxidation like that. The center caps were likely in that condition previously. Do you live in a part of the country that uses road salt in the winter?
07-21-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

I really disliked the prior gen E, and the...

I really disliked the prior gen E, and the replacement was still several months away. I had a C as a loaner and liked it, and the new S was too much money. I thought if I took a C300 and maxed out...
07-20-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

So if anything the C should pull better. It's the...

So if anything the C should pull better. It's the fricking 7 speed that's the difference maker in performance. I'm still pretty sure the 430 has a superior suspension and steering set up, and it's...
07-20-2017, 11:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

I've heard nothing but good things about the...

I've heard nothing but good things about the coupe. I should probably drive one before I jump over to another brand. Still there's no getting around the audio issues, which is a priority for me.
...
07-20-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By Mike5215

No perceptible difference in my experience. If...

No perceptible difference in my experience. If you put your car on 19" in "Sport" you'll get a sense of how it rides on 20" in "Comfort". My 221 came on 19" and I hemmed and hawed for months before I...
07-20-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

I have a write up on the 205 board (Sleeping With...

I have a write up on the 205 board (Sleeping With The Enemy). By day two I was head over heals in love with it. I vastly prefer it to the C. Drives great.
07-20-2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah not impressive on paper. Is the C? I have no...

Yeah not impressive on paper. Is the C? I have no idea what that engine does either. It feels reasonably peppy. I think the tranny is the difference maker, and a more aggressive exhaust sound. The C...
07-20-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

It's the way they drive that surprised me. I...

It's the way they drive that surprised me. I really had no interest in one, there just happened to be a 430 convertible available when I stopped by the airport on a whim. (We were planning on taking...
07-19-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I made a mistake in not shopping the 3 or 4...

Yeah I made a mistake in not shopping the 3 or 4 series. I made the assumption that a T4 is a T4 and wrote the car off because I didn't like the interiors as much as the Benz. What I'll miss is how...
07-18-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,484
Posted By Mike5215

Is it the tranny or what? How can two 2.0 T4s in...

Is it the tranny or what? How can two 2.0 T4s in similar size cars be such opposites?
07-18-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,484
Posted By Mike5215

Ya know, after driving a BMW 430 this week I have...

Ya know, after driving a BMW 430 this week I have to agree with you on the T4 in the 300. It really is a wheezing turd compared to the beautiful, linear power delivery and pleasant exhaust note from...
07-18-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

I'm more than happy with the power in the 4. I'm...

I'm more than happy with the power in the 4. I'm guessing the six would be a real treat (and save a bunch of money over an M). Still trying to figure out how BMW manages to do with a T4 what MB...
07-18-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Well I'm totally not on the BMWUSA website...

Well I'm totally not on the BMWUSA website playing with configurations or anything. But the M4 Vert looks interesting. The M's I've test driven have been pretty brutal but there's an option for a...
07-18-2017, 12:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah 04 to 06 were much more reliable than the...

Yeah 04 to 06 were much more reliable than the first iteration (2000-2003). They had the kinks worked out by the face lift. Plus the newer widescreen navi. 60k is about where the AirMatic starts...
07-18-2017, 12:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,025
Posted By Mike5215

Perspective has a lot to do with perception....

Perspective has a lot to do with perception. Coming from a series of S Class, a global benchmark for ride quality, I'm probably expecting a lot from the C, although I knew going in it wasn't a full...
07-18-2017, 12:13 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

I'm not sure about the suspension. It's not an M...

I'm not sure about the suspension. It's not an M Sport but there are independent dynamic settings for the chassis and drive train. Chassis could just be steering weight. I can't feel much difference...
07-17-2017, 07:36 PM
07-17-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By Mike5215

I don't think so. I put these on my 221 and they...

I don't think so. I put these on my 221 and they fit perfectly in the OEM exhaust openings of an S63 diffuser. Note the position of the hangars and the offset of the tips.

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07-17-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Another 3 hours today. Very fun. We've left the...

Another 3 hours today. Very fun. We've left the board flat terrain of Florida and started getting into hills and curves. Not sure the practicality of the 'vert...Too windy for highway speeds, and...
07-17-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,484
Posted By Mike5215

Based on my experience with the brand the W205 C...

Based on my experience with the brand the W205 C isn't representative of the kind of cars the Benz reputation was built upon. They've evolved in a new direction, much less stodgy and with a greater...
07-16-2017, 10:58 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I think the tranny is the difference maker,...

Yeah I think the tranny is the difference maker, and the exhaust is tuned to make the most of it. It's so cool to mash the pedal and have the car progress rapidly, smoothly and EVENLY through the...
07-16-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,484
Posted By Mike5215

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

While the "internals" are supposed to be confidential (since they have prior owner details) on every Benz I've ever purchased the sales guy has pulled and printed the report for me. Sometimes they...
07-16-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Ok, I had a chance to stretch the BMW out a bit...

Ok, I had a chance to stretch the BMW out a bit on a 3 hour drive, mostly interstate. Some top down driving and then we hit rain. Compared to my C300 it drives better. Where the C can feel light and...
07-16-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

They'd sand and fill that gouge and a fairly...

They'd sand and fill that gouge and a fairly large margin around it, and then scuff up the remaining paint to improve the bond to the new primer. I'd let the lot guy take a crack at it. They have a...
07-16-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I'm trying to convey that it's not a luxury...

Yeah I'm trying to convey that it's not a luxury car ride (and neither is the C) but it feels a bit more settled and composed.
07-16-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah the windbreak is removable and folds up to...

Yeah the windbreak is removable and folds up to fit in the trunk. Also, there is no trunk. Even with the top up there's no room, and with it down there's less. Basically you access what limited space...
07-16-2017, 12:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah. It's weird in that you're getting plenty of...

Yeah. It's weird in that you're getting plenty of feedback but it's never harsh and the car never gets unsettled. It also doesn't creak. Mine is the 2.0 T4 but it's better than the Benz T4. Sounds...
07-15-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

Generally I want the least invasive repair...

Generally I want the least invasive repair possible, under the premise that the factory is better at putting stuff together and robots are better at painting. If they offered to have the lot repair...
07-15-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,014
Posted By Mike5215

Sleeping With The Enemy!

I wanted to rent a vert for a little road trip my wife and I are taking, just for fun. It was a last minute decision so I just drove up to the airport to see what they were sitting. It was either a...
07-15-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I have no idea what's in it but it's smooth...

Yeah I have no idea what's in it but it's smooth and sounds great. Decent power too. Drives nice even on run flats. We're meandering up the east coast for a couple of weeks. Figured the vert would be...
07-15-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, that gouge is pretty long and deep for a...

Yeah, that gouge is pretty long and deep for a spot repair. Although those guys are magicians.
07-15-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

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07-15-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Any warranty is better than nothing. I don't know...

Any warranty is better than nothing. I don't know if anyone will write a decent exclusionary warranty on a car that old.
07-15-2017, 09:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Oh it's very much a subjective thing. I haven't...

Oh it's very much a subjective thing. I haven't been in a 220 since I had the 221. I may get in one and think WTF?!

The car I really want now is the 04-06 CL.
07-15-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

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

Ha! I'm sure their are.

To my eye, the hood star looked out of place on the 221. For me the 221 looked best playing to its athletic, sporty nature. Gorgeous lines and with the AMG kit it was...
07-15-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 13,623
Posted By Mike5215

"Members like Mike5215 make never want to post...

"Members like Mike5215 make never want to post here,"

Yeah that's kind of the point, Einstein.
07-15-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

Looks like you have it figured out. While there...

Looks like you have it figured out. While there was a lot I liked about the 221, the 220s were the last of the "elegant" S Class.
07-15-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By Mike5215

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've owned two 220's and loved them. I'd recommend 04 and up since the car got a lot of upgrades after the 04 facelift. And while I liked the 430, the 500 had upgraded leather and heated/cooled seats...
07-15-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,704
Posted By Mike5215

I've seen more MB buy backs on this forum than I...

I've seen more MB buy backs on this forum than I saw in the five years I was working in Lemon Law. It does seem like MB is reasonably responsive and fair though.
07-15-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 13,623
Posted By Mike5215

[quote=bobmiroslav]finally add-on apple carplay...

[quote=bobmiroslav]finally add-on apple carplay and also full phone mirroring for mercedes from *****************

cls version coming soon

done in 2009 s550 my mbworld member Benzomo



Steer...
07-15-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

Ah, you're saying you feel gutted, not that the...

Ah, you're saying you feel gutted, not that the car was gutted. Is the dealer cooperating?
07-14-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mike5215

Ahh. Yeah I've never seen those in a rep. Is it a...

Ahh. Yeah I've never seen those in a rep. Is it a killer deal on them?
07-14-2017, 06:21 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 30,601
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah I don't see her investing in a diagnostic...

Yeah I don't see her investing in a diagnostic system to get her radio recoded. Welcome to S Class ownership. Nothing on them is ever cheap.
07-14-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 30,601
Posted By Mike5215

It is what it is. Pay the $145 and get it over...

It is what it is. Pay the $145 and get it over with.
07-14-2017, 02:55 PM
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Views: 3,021
Posted By Mike5215

Mine is woodgrain trim. Fits perfectly and snaps...

Mine is woodgrain trim. Fits perfectly and snaps into place in a couple of seconds. I also recommend spending the extra money for a "drop in" style cradle with an integrated Lighting plug (or...
07-14-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,122
Posted By Mike5215

There's a good chance it's the DSP that failed...

There's a good chance it's the DSP that failed rather than the OEM amp. What DSP are you running?
07-13-2017, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,021
Posted By Mike5215

ProClips make vehicle specific tool-less mounts...

ProClips make vehicle specific tool-less mounts (they snap in and come off cleanly) and device specific cradles. By far the best looking, easiest to use mounts I've tried. Not cheap though.
07-13-2017, 11:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,122
Posted By Mike5215

Amp. Is it still under warranty?

Amp. Is it still under warranty?
07-13-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 22,946
Posted By Mike5215

The OEM sidewall profiles look great and still...

The OEM sidewall profiles look great and still give a nice ride. I'd stick with those. Anything taller on the sidewall risks looking chunky and weird. Sometimes playing it safe is worse than not...
07-13-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

The bumper is clearly repairable, but either way...

The bumper is clearly repairable, but either way it'll have to be completely repainted and cleared. The paint is in excellent condition. A color match won't be a problem. Hopefully the dealer will...
07-13-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By Mike5215

You're referring to the scratch on the bumper? Or...

You're referring to the scratch on the bumper? Or are there more pics?
07-13-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mike5215

The 221,was definitely smoother without the...

The 221,was definitely smoother without the spacers but it looked so good I just lived with it, knowing if it really bothered me I could just pull them off and be at the OEM offset. It wasn't until I...
07-13-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 70,592
Posted By Mike5215

Exactly the opposite. A Ponzi scheme is how most...

Exactly the opposite. A Ponzi scheme is how most people think insurance actually works. They believe insurance companies take in new money (premiums) but rather than investing it, they use it to...
07-12-2017, 10:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,489
Posted By Mike5215

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

Bad idea. Find a set of wheels with the correct (or slightly lower) offsets. Big spacers are a recipe for vibration problems, and the 221 is sensitive to vibration issues. Unless someone was giving...
07-12-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By Mike5215

Yeah, I've gotten hit with that warning and it...

Yeah, I've gotten hit with that warning and it was just a servo that was about to go bad. A few hundred dollars. The warning is to prevent it failing while in Park or Reverse and leaving you stranded.
07-12-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 70,592
Posted By Mike5215

It's essentially the same way insurance companies...

It's essentially the same way insurance companies make money. They take the incoming premium dollars and invest that money in the markets. That's where the profit comes from (ideally).

Most...
07-12-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By Mike5215

The front camera maybe? Take a pic.

The front camera maybe? Take a pic.
07-12-2017, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 719
Posted By Mike5215

It's very high quality felt and tape.

It's very high quality felt and tape.
07-12-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,418
Posted By Mike5215

Mine doesn't. Time is in the center dash display...

Mine doesn't. Time is in the center dash display only (and the analog clock).
07-11-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 70,592
Posted By Mike5215

Automatic Body Control. It's a hydraulic system...

Automatic Body Control. It's a hydraulic system of dampers on the struts that keep the car flat in corners. The alternate system was AirMatic. Of the two, ABC tends to be the more problematic and...
07-11-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 549
Posted By Mike5215

Should be fine. I'm running 45mm on staggered 18"...

Should be fine. I'm running 45mm on staggered 18" (8.5/9.5) no issues. You'll have 3mm more poke on the fronts than mine but there's enough clearance.
07-11-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 70,592
Posted By Mike5215

I've never heard of replacing the valve body as a...

I've never heard of replacing the valve body as a cure for future tranny woes. I've heard of replacing a valve body when it fails and is stuck open or closed, but there's much bigger stuff enduring...
07-11-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 70,592
Posted By Mike5215

There's a ton of stuff that can go bad. In my 06...

There's a ton of stuff that can go bad. In my 06 a clutch pack failed and sent shrapnel throughout.

My Indie found me a remand unit including a new torque converter for $6k installed with a 2...
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