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01-22-2019, 03:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,790
Posted By pa28pilot

I have a question about these too. Has anyone...

I have a question about these too. Has anyone tried it while configuring their phone to use the MB bluetooth (or something else) for phone calls, and this unit just for other audio? Right now I use...
09-10-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,452
Posted By pa28pilot

After having a black ML, I realized that the...

After having a black ML, I realized that the primary issue with black cars is that where I live, they show every particle of pollen, which pretty much translates to a thick film the day after the car...
12-19-2016, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 565
Posted By pa28pilot

Question '05 W211 Modules not sleeping and draining battery?

Hi folks,
I have an '05 E320CDI and have been experiencing a weird intermittent issue. I'm wondering whether anyone else has seen this behavior.

It seems that something on some bus is staying...
12-19-2016, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By pa28pilot

I was just today doing research about...

I was just today doing research about reactivating mine in my '05 E320CDI. What I found was a little disheartening.

ATX, a.k.a "Connected Vehicle Services", the firm that ran Tele-Aid (and...
12-19-2016, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By pa28pilot

This happened to mine while it was at the dealer...

This happened to mine while it was at the dealer in for repairs. They're ordering a whole new shift handle assembly.

The button is on a series of fairly tightly molded "guide rails" for the lack...
11-16-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,015
Posted By pa28pilot

Another vote here for the Bridgestone Turanza...

Another vote here for the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity. Absolutely no complaints after the better part of a year.
10-25-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,251
Posted By pa28pilot

I recently replaced the tires on my 05 E320 CDI...

I recently replaced the tires on my 05 E320 CDI with Bridgestone Turanza Serenity ones and while not miraculous, they are definitely quieter than any of the Michelins I've ever had on there before....
08-18-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,918
Posted By pa28pilot

Be careful of pre-refresh models

We have a 1999 ML430 (163.172). Pretty much everything for which there was eventually a recall seems to have occurred. Around those model years you have to watch out for a "harmonic balancer" (read...
02-24-2010, 02:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,781
Posted By pa28pilot

Has anyone tried Rud chains on a W211?

My dealer used to sell great tire chains (RUD Euromatic) for my W124, but doesn't sell chains anymore apparently. With the incorporated hoop, they're trivial to put on and remove.

Has anyone...
02-23-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,055
Posted By pa28pilot

For what it's worth, I've got a 1987 300E with a...

For what it's worth, I've got a 1987 300E with a Clifford alarm and a DEI remote starter. I don't think DEI had yet bought Clifford at the time I had these done, but it's the same company now. It has...
02-05-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,888
Posted By pa28pilot

Is your dealer charging for the mbrace firmware update?

I got a call back from my service advisor after I left a message asking how they're handling the migration. He knew that the hardware would support both Tele-Aid and mbrace, but wasn't sure on many...
01-22-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 402
Views: 131,042
Posted By pa28pilot

remote start (W211) and memory settings

This does sound like a nicely engineered solution. I have been hoping for an RS ever since I bought my 2005 CDI.

I was wondering about one thing. I have Keyless Go and I know that the memory...
11-21-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,888
Posted By pa28pilot

It looks like the Tele-Aid hardware will work...

It looks like the Tele-Aid hardware will work with both ATX (Tele-Aid) and Hughes Telematics (mbrace) services.

Apparently the migration hasn't been exactly amicable....
11-09-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By pa28pilot

Actually, the consensus seems to be the owners...

Actually, the consensus seems to be the owners who perform (appropriate) maintenance tend to be safer in that they have a better understanding of exactly what their airplane's condition is. Even if...
11-06-2009, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By pa28pilot

Unhappy "Friends don't let friends change their own oil" - dealer mailing

I received a regular electronic mail message from my dealer today. One of the links inside led to this piece of propaganda. (http://www.imakenews.com/ascmb/e_article001564172.cfm)

I can understand...
07-08-2008, 08:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,052
Posted By pa28pilot

Chuck Albert who handled tourist/diplomat...

Chuck Albert who handled tourist/diplomat delivery at ASC was great. He's now at HBL. I wasn't thrilled to hear that but would always give him a chance if I were looking again.
10-18-2007, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,198
Posted By pa28pilot

I was just on the AWS site (wireless4mb.com) -...

I was just on the AWS site (wireless4mb.com) - the iphone with s/w 1.0.1 or 1.0.2 is approved, but if you read the BT adapter manual it will tell you that SMS isn't supported. It's one of the reasons...
05-23-2007, 08:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,269
Posted By pa28pilot

Does the new BT module distinguish between different types of contact phone numbers?

The main reason (other than echoes, lack of charging, and external antenna) I don't use my BT module much with my Motorola E815 is that when it downloads the phone book, the icons that distinguish...
05-22-2007, 05:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,035
Posted By pa28pilot

There is a glass panel that slides open or tilts...

There is a glass panel that slides open or tilts up over the front seats and a fixed glass panel over the rear seats. There's a sliding internal cover that extends from the center to cover both when...
05-18-2007, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,376
Posted By pa28pilot

Had to replace my CGW just to reset the FSS timer

I just had my 2005 E320CDI in for a D service. After a day of wrangling, I get a call to tell me that I am amongst a small group of people with cars that are refusing to allow the techs to reset the...
05-18-2007, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,747
Posted By pa28pilot

I wonder if it's the BG stuff?

I just had my 2005 E320CDI in for a D service and my dealer has taken to adding both a BG motor oil additive and a BG fuel additive (hope it was the right fuel additive!) and charging for them...
04-10-2007, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By pa28pilot

Just be forewarned...the MOST bus that transports...

Just be forewarned...the MOST bus that transports most of the audio information is fiber. Others can speak with more authority, but it doesn't look trivial to splice yet another amp into the system...
04-10-2007, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,089
Posted By pa28pilot

I think you're fine, but my sales rep (who is...

I think you're fine, but my sales rep (who is normally refreshingly knowledgeable) did tell me a story about someone who used some aftermarket washer fluid that had waxes in it and eventually caused...
04-10-2007, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By pa28pilot

I may be able to help you out. I have a V60s...

I may be able to help you out. I have a V60s cradle and MB phone I would love to sell as a set. I suppose it depends on what cheap means. :)

I'll send you a PM.
04-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,452
Posted By pa28pilot

Well, it's important to note that the refineries...

Well, it's important to note that the refineries and distributors have had to make significant infrastructure purchases to deal with ULSD, so they have to amortize those costs and recoup them...
04-04-2007, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By pa28pilot

The other thing to be aware of is that the...

The other thing to be aware of is that the bluetooth module does not preserve the distinction between "home", "work" and "mobile" numbers like the physical cradle seems to.

I upgraded from a...
04-04-2007, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,452
Posted By pa28pilot

ULSD spotted in Baltimore

I have found (not that my 2005 CDI needs it) ULSD at a BP station in the US in Timonium, Maryland on York Road. That's the Northwestern suburbs of Baltimore.

The price is appalling though. This...
03-15-2006, 12:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 877
Posted By pa28pilot

Mascara on light alcantara?

Hi folks,
I'm sorry to say that my wife has managed to get mascara onto one part of my charcoal interior car that can be visibly stained - the light-colored alcantara sun visor in my CDI. It sounds...
03-15-2006, 12:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,399
Posted By pa28pilot

They dropped my subscription without telling me...

The Tele-Aid (ATX) folks have always been nice to me, but I have occasionally has to wait to get a person. I'm not thrilled with the reliability of the telematicssplatform, as sometimes it seems to...
Forum: Diesel Forum
01-28-2006, 11:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,421
Posted By pa28pilot

At StarTech last year, the MB engineers showed a...

At StarTech last year, the MB engineers showed a video of the cylinder combustion and the pre-injection and post-injection that takes place to compensate for varying ignition conditions.

My bet...
01-28-2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By pa28pilot

Interestingly enough, they did replace the entire...

Interestingly enough, they did replace the entire NAV unit/DVD drive. The comments are often somewhat arbitrary, but they wrote "DVD stuck", which seemed funny to me.

I know I left my lights on,...
01-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,605
Posted By pa28pilot

I wonder if we can adapt the dealer battery charge panel?

There is an MB solar panel kit that is to be used for cars in storage on a lot. One lead clips to metal contacts in the passenger's sun visor clip and I think the other may go to the ground in the...
01-16-2006, 02:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By pa28pilot

Agreed, but the computer industry has found ways...

Agreed, but the computer industry has found ways to prevent that sort of failure. There are fiber ring interfaces that will revert to a dumb "repeater" mode when the unit in question fails, as long...
01-16-2006, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By pa28pilot

I had the [August? September?] BCM update. They...

I had the [August? September?] BCM update. They haven't yanked the COMAND yet, it sounds like they'll just be replacing the NAV module.

You're right to ask about s/w updates though. I'm not...
01-16-2006, 03:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By pa28pilot

I won't lapse into a treatise on personal liberty...

I won't lapse into a treatise on personal liberty and responsibility as I know some are want to do on this subject. I'll just say that there has already been one bulletin out for malfunctioning...
01-16-2006, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By pa28pilot

If COMAND refuses to power up...

one of the subsystems may have failed.

So my COMAND in the CDI would only power up to the three -pointed star screen and then would shut right off. This began after I had left my lights on...
01-10-2006, 12:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By pa28pilot

Be forewarned, colors that aren't...

Be forewarned, colors that aren't white/black/silver/gray are darn near nonexistent in America.

I helped my father-in-law get into a C280 for the "Winter Event." He was deadset on Mars Red. You...
01-10-2006, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By pa28pilot

Will your dealer turn off seatbelt chimes?

So my dealer out-and-out refused to disable the seatbelt chime, though not without some "checking with management." Between having to live through the bad weight sensor's pinging and the infuriating...
01-02-2006, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,593
Posted By pa28pilot

Was this in an MB CDI?

Would you care to give us some specifics, if it's not too uncomfortable?
Forum: Diesel Forum
12-12-2005, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By pa28pilot

The range in Northern Virginia seems to be from...

The range in Northern Virginia seems to be from $2.51 to $3.29 right now. Most stations are around $2.99.

I need to find a truck stop.
Forum: Diesel Forum
12-12-2005, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,679
Posted By pa28pilot

A lot of people run it in the older engines. I...

A lot of people run it in the older engines. I won't put it in my '05 E320CDI yet due to the following:
- some retailers are selling "mixed methyl esters" from ADM as biodiesel - close, but not the...
12-12-2005, 12:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,731
Posted By pa28pilot

Question Trailer brake controller preferences?

We're about to put my wife's '99 ML430 to real use towing a small horse trailer. All of the trailers we're considering have electric brakes, so I think we'll need to install a brake controller.

I...
12-08-2005, 01:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,524
Posted By pa28pilot

I second the European Delivery suggestion. It's a...

I second the European Delivery suggestion. It's a good deal and a lot of fun. It's not every day you get to see the robots working up close.

8500 very pleasant miles so far with fairly minor...
11-29-2005, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 848
Posted By pa28pilot

Second on the DC-area comments. I went to...

Second on the DC-area comments.

I went to Star Tech this year after I got my CDI. It was a blast. There's nothing like being able to speak with the guys who designed your engine and a tech from...
11-27-2005, 07:02 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 46,150
Posted By pa28pilot

They don't know how to display "Chipotle" though

Not to be a hater, but I do agree that the precision of the MB Nav is not quite up to what I was used to from my aftermarket Alpine system.

I have found more errors in the database in my MB than...
Forum: Diesel Forum
11-27-2005, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,030
Posted By pa28pilot

Question Anyone else experience diesel discrimination?

So now that I'm back in a diesel (I have owned 3 diesel Rabbits in the past), I'm wondering whether anyone else has experiences like mine - one being the reason AAA (the American Automobile...
11-23-2005, 10:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By pa28pilot

I'm assuming from the handle that you're a...

I'm assuming from the handle that you're a controller? My thanks to all of them out there. Some of us may only be FLIBs :rolleyes: but we definitely appreciate the work that ATC does.

On the...
11-14-2005, 02:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,840
Posted By pa28pilot

I've been using it but I haven't seen an impact...

I've been using it but I haven't seen an impact on the clearcoat yet.

I can speak to the aluminum issue a little though. There were quite a few aircraft owners who used Simple Green to wash their...
11-08-2005, 02:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,024
Posted By pa28pilot

Holy cow! Some of those photos are really high...

Holy cow! Some of those photos are really high resolution. I thought that "Helen" had walked into my living room. :naughty:
11-08-2005, 02:02 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,548
Posted By pa28pilot

Thumbs up It's not just us W211's

Between the W124's, W211s and the fact the people are building campers on the diesel Sprinters now, there seems to be ample cause for a diesel forum. :y
11-04-2005, 03:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,636
Posted By pa28pilot

Do we know yet whether the V6 will also have the...

Do we know yet whether the V6 will also have the urea injection? I get the impression there's a consumable tank of a urea-based fluid that is metered in to the exhaust in the European cars, but I...
11-03-2005, 03:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,005
Posted By pa28pilot

Does anyone know if thrown SBC codes would be...

Does anyone know if thrown SBC codes would be readable by an OBD II code reader with a Mercedes-Benz profile? I'm thinking about buying Auterra's code reader software for my Treo in the hopes of...
11-03-2005, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,526
Posted By pa28pilot

It's now for October 15th, 2006. They've extended...

It's now for October 15th, 2006. They've extended it. From Fleetowner.com (http://fleetowner.com/management/inbox/fleet_epa_extends_ulsd/)

EPA announced that it will extend the transition period...
10-30-2005, 01:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,820
Posted By pa28pilot

I'm all for standards on unique gas/air hose...

I'm all for standards on unique gas/air hose fittings for oxygen/nitrogen/etc, but the diesel nozzle thing makes no sense to me. At my nearest filling station, the diesel pump has a different nozzle...
10-24-2005, 06:39 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 135,633
Posted By pa28pilot

Eventually...

After almost a year, the tip about pressing '5' briefly before the other keys has resulted in my finally finding the screen in my 10/05 E320 CDI.

Unfortunately, I can set the keyboard to "W211...
10-24-2005, 11:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,088
Posted By pa28pilot

Yes, because I asked MBUSA a while ago. ...

Yes, because I asked MBUSA a while ago.

Dear Mr. pa28pilot,

Thank you for your recent internet inquiry and your interest in Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid service.

Tele Aid utilizes a dual-mode...
10-24-2005, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,102
Posted By pa28pilot

aceman is half right. At my closest station, the...

aceman is half right. At my closest station, the diesel pump has 2 different nozzles, depending on which side you're on. One is the standard truck nozzle, which is even too large for my CDI's filler...
10-07-2005, 05:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 879
Posted By pa28pilot

I really ejoy the extra light allowed in by the...

I really ejoy the extra light allowed in by the rear section of the pano roof. I think it brightens up the interior of my (charcoal) car quite a bit. It's also handsome from the outside of the car....
10-02-2005, 03:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,533
Posted By pa28pilot

Are you certain of this? My impression is that...

Are you certain of this? My impression is that the Sirius satellites are in a Molniya or (HEO) orbit, which while not geosynchronous, would keep them over the U.S. most of the time.
10-02-2005, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,533
Posted By pa28pilot

I suppose the bigger problem is that Worldspace's...

I suppose the bigger problem is that Worldspace's AsiaSat doesn't seem to include you in the footprint, though it looks like the Northwestern coast might be in the fringe area.

If I recall...
10-02-2005, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By pa28pilot

And they also work when you're in MAP mode.

And they also work when you're in MAP mode.
10-02-2005, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,005
Posted By pa28pilot

You shouldn't have to set anything, but the...

You shouldn't have to set anything, but the previous setting of the lumbar support will have an effect on how it feels when you activate the massage. You might try setting the lumbar support to the...
09-30-2005, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,680
Posted By pa28pilot

Care to elaborate a little on that? Do these PDA...

Care to elaborate a little on that? Do these PDA phones have model numbers beginning with 6--?
09-17-2005, 04:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,088
Posted By pa28pilot

Well it's pretty clear that MBUSA has a big pile...

Well it's pretty clear that MBUSA has a big pile of pre-authorized accounts that Sirius allocates to users at the time of initial activation. This is fine if you're only going to ever use the one...
09-17-2005, 02:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,306
Posted By pa28pilot

Konigstiger, my best wishes for a speedy...

Konigstiger, my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

CE750, that's mostly correct, but there are special clearcoats available for work on nano-clearcoated cars. There are 3 or 4 paint systems that...
09-17-2005, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,062
Posted By pa28pilot

Yeah, I was shocked at the degree of grief my...

Yeah, I was shocked at the degree of grief my dealer gave me when I originally went in looking for a blue CDI. He was emphatic that if I ever wanted to sell it, I'd regret it. I'm not one to buy a...
09-17-2005, 01:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,088
Posted By pa28pilot

If you just want concierge services...

Wow, zanshin's story is certainly food for thought. I have found them to be pretty responsive. I'd complain if I were him.

I had a problem recently, and they fixed it within 2 days. It appears...
09-03-2005, 03:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,357
Posted By pa28pilot

There is another possibility. If your dealer...

There is another possibility. If your dealer doesn't use the highest end 229.5 engine oils, you can see somewhere on the order of 1-3% mileage differences. I just went through a whole rigamarole...
06-14-2005, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,009
Posted By pa28pilot

I have been asking around the Mercedes-Benz Club,...

I have been asking around the Mercedes-Benz Club, and word is that MB of Alexandria is the bee's knees. I haven't tried them yet.


I have purchased cars from both HBL and ASC and neither has...
06-14-2005, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,171
Posted By pa28pilot

Gas works too if you keep the exhaust off of the...

Gas works too if you keep the exhaust off of the paint. I use the Mr. Clean gun to rinse after a Zaino wash, and finish with the leaf blower.

The Mr. Clean autodry thing is basically just an...
06-14-2005, 09:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By pa28pilot

I read a warning in the manual or bulletins about...

I read a warning in the manual or bulletins about connecting any load ahead of the battery control unit where the sensors won't read the load. The W211 can do some pretty sophisticated things to shed...
06-14-2005, 08:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,800
Posted By pa28pilot

I just tried it in my October build E320CDI and...

I just tried it in my October build E320CDI and had the same experience. I did cram the DVD full though, so perhaps I should try it with a more modest burn before I claim defeat.

In talking with...
06-05-2005, 10:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,657
Posted By pa28pilot

If you're the adventurous sort, you can log into...

If you're the adventurous sort, you can log into StarTek Info, and launch WIS, the workshop information system. It's a Java application that will allow you to search for more information than you...
06-03-2005, 03:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,657
Posted By pa28pilot

I haven't had this problem, but there's a star...

I haven't had this problem, but there's a star bulletin about musty/moldy smells from the AC system, typically due to the growth of microorganisms in residual condensation on the evaporator and the...
06-01-2005, 01:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,094
Posted By pa28pilot

I seem to recall in the U.S. Federal Motor...

I seem to recall in the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle standards a regulation to the effect that speedometers should read around 5 MPH high. I was offended, but not entirely surprised to see it there. It...
05-29-2005, 12:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By pa28pilot

I've happily bought phones from eBay before, but...

I've happily bought phones from eBay before, but not for my W211. Be careful with the eBay phones. I have seen Motorola phones with normal (non-Mercedes-Benz) firmware, but with MB faceplates.
...
05-26-2005, 01:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,579
Posted By pa28pilot

Though 3M wrote the book on flourinated fabric...

Though 3M wrote the book on flourinated fabric protectors, I have become a fan of 303 High-Tech Fabric Guard. (http://www.303products.com/main.php?infopage=fabricguard)

Due to the environmental...
05-24-2005, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,482
Posted By pa28pilot

Excellent news, except it means I might have to...

Excellent news, except it means I might have to flip the CDI I just bought, and probably get skinned in the process.

(I use the Syncro Westfalia for snow, but I reaped the consequences of...
05-24-2005, 05:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,423
Posted By pa28pilot

It's the same at my closest Mobil. So what was...

It's the same at my closest Mobil. So what was the rationale for including that annoying restrictor? It means that truckstops aren't as likely to be useful, which is odd, considering that they have...
05-23-2005, 10:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,423
Posted By pa28pilot

I drove to Atlantic City for a business meeting...

I drove to Atlantic City for a business meeting last month, and when I pulled up to one of the rest stop diesel pumps, the attendant ran behind shouting at me. I eventually understood him to say...
05-18-2005, 01:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,433
Posted By pa28pilot

If you search the W211 forum, you will find quite...

If you search the W211 forum, you will find quite a bit of discussion about this.

The wiring harnesses have changed between the two styles, so it's not a trivial retrofit, but I think that Steve...
05-18-2005, 12:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,326
Posted By pa28pilot

I have both ventilated and drive dynamic seats....

I have both ventilated and drive dynamic seats. My seat exhibits an occasional pump-up of the lumbar support, but it feels more like it's trying to maintain inflation. I haven't felt anything like...
05-16-2005, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 928
Posted By pa28pilot

Heh. You're not alone. I don't know about #1, but...

Heh. You're not alone. I don't know about #1, but my dealer disabled #3 in software, and I believe they can do the same for #4.

I have tried twice to have my dealer disable the profoundly...
05-06-2005, 11:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By pa28pilot

In the first year, the basic service is free, but...

In the first year, the basic service is free, but yes, I was referring to what is now part of the "Luxury and Convenience" package. The package definitions have changed somewhat from those described...
05-05-2005, 09:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By pa28pilot

I have both Sirius and Tele-Aid. If you're a...

I have both Sirius and Tele-Aid. If you're a commuter, the Tele-Aid service is pretty useful, but not perfect. You can enter several "commutes" or routes on the MBUSA Owners Online site, along with...
05-05-2005, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,782
Posted By pa28pilot

I just put mine in for it after it happened to...

I just put mine in for it after it happened to me. I found the bulletin online.

The operative document is DTB P-B-91.80/85
"Seat Belt Reminder Telltale Light Illuminated and Chime Sounding When...
05-05-2005, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,690
Posted By pa28pilot

At the annual MB club of America StarTech...

At the annual MB club of America StarTech weekend, there was a great talk about diagnostics. One thing I learned was that it is occasionally possible to buy the older MB hand-held tester (HHT) on...
04-28-2005, 11:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,571
Posted By pa28pilot

What part of Virginia? Did he keep it for...

What part of Virginia? Did he keep it for evidence? They will give it back to you eventually if they took it. The ironic thing is that I have heard the Virginia government periodically auctions them...
04-27-2005, 01:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,169
Posted By pa28pilot

I put a Clifford Intelliguard (slightly old model...

I put a Clifford Intelliguard (slightly old model by now) including remote start on my '87 300E. It worked flawlessly, with two exceptions:

1 - it draws a fair amount, so it will run your battery...
04-26-2005, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,124
Posted By pa28pilot

I have the charcoal interior (with Pewter) and it...

I have the charcoal interior (with Pewter) and it shows light particles of dirt well, but I don't think most stains would show.

The bi-Xenon headlamps are, bar none, the best headlights I have...
04-26-2005, 06:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,647
Posted By pa28pilot

Ah, now I know. Thanks. All I know is that I'm...

Ah, now I know. Thanks. All I know is that I'm frequently frustrated when I try to find a spot anywhere near places I'm going. :)
04-26-2005, 06:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,647
Posted By pa28pilot

Check your PM.

Check your PM.
04-26-2005, 01:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By pa28pilot

That's probably because I didn't indicate where...

That's probably because I didn't indicate where it came from. Did you make sure that some map features were underneath the buttons, like roads? I'm not sure you'd notice the subtle difference...
04-24-2005, 01:08 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,647
Posted By pa28pilot

Are you sure there's room?

I'm stoked that you're going over to Tysons, but I have a question:

That lot gets pretty darn full on Friday nights. I'm just wondering whether you might find it impossible for people to park...
04-24-2005, 12:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,842
Posted By pa28pilot

Here's a little trick I learned recently to help...

Here's a little trick I learned recently to help you figure out which you have:

https://mbworld.org/forums/showpost.php?p=1101393&postcount=8
04-24-2005, 12:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By pa28pilot

The DVD drives in the US COMANDs have been...

The DVD drives in the US COMANDs have been superseded by CD drives.

The following is new info (to me at least), and may help you figure out what you have. Hopefully, I'll remember it correctly:
...
04-23-2005, 11:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,355
Posted By pa28pilot

Q: What's the last thing you usually hear on a...

Q: What's the last thing you usually hear on a CVR recovered from a crash site?
A: "Watch this!"
;)

So what kind of equipment were you flying?

I bit the bullet and bought a car with...
04-13-2005, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,150
Posted By pa28pilot

It's a little clunky but I like it so far. I use...

It's a little clunky but I like it so far. I use the customizable traffic information constantly. I only wish they still displayed it in text form.

You can edit your commutes and time windows on...
04-05-2005, 03:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,524
Posted By pa28pilot

I don't usually turn them on except when there's...

I don't usually turn them on except when there's visible moisture. (I think there's a warning in the manual about running them dry.)

That having been said, I have found them to quite adequately...
04-03-2005, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,866
Posted By pa28pilot

It's a little line at the bottom of a page...

It's a little line at the bottom of a page containing software versions. When you start, it will read something like "--.- Qts", then the numbers will fill in in a few seconds.

I'm a little...
03-31-2005, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,177
Posted By pa28pilot

Usually there is a mail-in card in the car's set...

Usually there is a mail-in card in the car's set of manuals, for use by later purchasers. That has been true for a number of cars I've bought used. You can probably also call the customer information...
03-30-2005, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,100
Posted By pa28pilot

There is a service bulletin about this

If you ask your dealer about this, they will likely cite DTB P-B-68-20/38, which states:

If you receive customer reports in the above model vehicles regarding the design of the new center console...
03-27-2005, 08:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,003
Posted By pa28pilot

I decided to drive a loaded E class rather than...

I decided to drive a loaded E class rather than any S class because an S wouldn't have survived daily use in my office building parking garage - not enough room. I don't necessarily view the...
03-27-2005, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By pa28pilot

There is another variable, at least in the U.S....

There is another variable, at least in the U.S. that might explain that. U.S. gasoline producers change their formulations for the Summer and Winter. Some of these are designed to change combustion...
03-27-2005, 05:19 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 309,790
Posted By pa28pilot

Oil change without filter change?

So I had a leak and put my car in for the "1st visit" at 2,400 miles. The service writeup shows they replaced a leaking sender and put in 8 quarts (seems high for a CDI) of "MOBIL SYN OIL", with a...
03-27-2005, 05:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By pa28pilot

I'll have to think that illustration through, it...

I'll have to think that illustration through, it seems a little counterintuitive, but logical. I did forget that there are turbos involved. That will definitely have an impact on this equation. Good...
03-27-2005, 04:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,990
Posted By pa28pilot

Would that it were so. The first time I asked my...

Would that it were so. The first time I asked my dealer to turn it off, they turned off the alarm confirmation sound instead, which was nice, but not what I asked for.

I just put my car in for...
03-25-2005, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By pa28pilot

In warmer weather the "density altitude" is...

In warmer weather the "density altitude" is higher, due to some combination of higher temperature and higher relative humidity. This generally requires that the engine run leaner in order to burn at...
03-25-2005, 09:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,835
Posted By pa28pilot

I recently started carrying a Treo 600 that I...

I recently started carrying a Treo 600 that I picked up with credit card points. I have to say, having tried many pda/phones (It's sort of a hobby) that I'm pretty impressed with the Treo so far.
...
03-25-2005, 03:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By pa28pilot

Check your PM.

Check your PM.
03-24-2005, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By pa28pilot

Well, I got my car back. In case anyone is...

Well, I got my car back. In case anyone is wondering, the oil leak was due to the oil pressure sender.

I thank the folks on this board for giving me the information necessary to check the "real"...
03-24-2005, 05:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,499
Posted By pa28pilot

It appears that what's covered is an open...

It appears that what's covered is an open question. I picked up my E320CDI today from its first (and last) "free" service (oil leaving from sender unit, heat shield rattling against muffler). I asked...
03-24-2005, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By pa28pilot

i don't know about the AMG issue, but if you want...

i don't know about the AMG issue, but if you want the scoop on the European Delivery experience, check out the W211 forum. Search for posts from me and from TPAbnz. I think mine is called "In...
03-24-2005, 12:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 855
Posted By pa28pilot

I used to use Eisenhower Avenue for things like...

I used to use Eisenhower Avenue for things like this. There was a piece that was a straight quarter-mile. :)

I think the Westfields/Chantilly suggestion might be pretty good. There is a lot of...
03-23-2005, 04:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,401
Posted By pa28pilot

It really is a shame, especially when they have...

It really is a shame, especially when they have supported it before in one vehicle or another. From the Mercedes-Benz Option Code list at
...
03-23-2005, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 16,252
Posted By pa28pilot

I had seen the "1995" number for the cost of the...

I had seen the "1995" number for the cost of the D6(II) mod, and only now realize that it was calibrated in Pounds Sterling.

Oops. At least I figured that out before I ordered one. :)

I think...
03-23-2005, 12:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,071
Posted By pa28pilot

kongstiger, I have read your previous thoughtful...

kongstiger, I have read your previous thoughtful posts on the general topic, and I generally agree with your overall assessment. Though I have an intellectual appreciation of the issue, I'm still...
03-23-2005, 12:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 16,252
Posted By pa28pilot

I've been giving it some thought as well, but the...

I've been giving it some thought as well, but the oil leak (apparently the oil pressure sender) has cooled my jets for a little while.

If you take the Brabus plunge, I'm buying lunch if I can...
03-22-2005, 12:46 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,071
Posted By pa28pilot

As we picked up our cars within a week of each...

As we picked up our cars within a week of each other, I'll follow suit if we have a plan. I'm reluctant to take the traditional American "suit route" and try in court, but I do keep getting these...
03-15-2005, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,899
Posted By pa28pilot

Wink It shouldn't hurt anything, but...

I have seen a couple of other posts about this over the past year or so. I am sure it is an inexpensive (though less so than air) way for costco to differentiate themselves.

I am not convinced of...
03-09-2005, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By pa28pilot

I was happy with Autosound Systems back when they...

I was happy with Autosound Systems back when they were doing ASC's high-end audio work in Arlington. I think they may be called "AV Art" now and in Rockville, but I don't have a current number for...
03-09-2005, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By pa28pilot

I was happy with Autosound Systems back when they...

I was happy with Autosound Systems back when they were doing ASC's high-end audio work in Arlington. I think they may be called "AV Art" now and in Rockville, but I don't have a current number for...
03-09-2005, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,189
Posted By pa28pilot

You'll have to do the math as to how cost...

You'll have to do the math as to how cost effective it is, but if you want to whip up your own octane improvers for use with cheaper gasoline, there's not much to it.

You can find a few different...
03-09-2005, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By pa28pilot

CDI Oil Leaks?

Well, it's been quite a week. I have had my CDI in this country for about a month and a half, and I already have two tales of woe.

One can't be laid at the feet of Mercedes-Benz, namely one of ...
03-02-2005, 01:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,423
Posted By pa28pilot

So it's not just mine...

I have been wondering about the lumbar support with a mind of its own for a while now. It doesn't seem to inflate more than I've set it to, but it does appear to deflate, and then top itself off at...
02-22-2005, 11:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 746
Posted By pa28pilot

I won't ask how you got them to do 20% ;) Have...

I won't ask how you got them to do 20% ;) Have Fairfax County's finest ever taken issue with it?

Do you remember what kind of film it was?
02-22-2005, 11:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By pa28pilot

1. I can't speak to the 4matic, because there...

1. I can't speak to the 4matic, because there isn't a diesel one yet. When that happens, I think it will be even more my dream car than my current CDI.

2. I love the panorama roof. It essentially...
02-22-2005, 11:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,922
Posted By pa28pilot

I have the panorama roof (all glass - magnet...

I have the panorama roof (all glass - magnet won't work), so the dealer techs used double-sided tape of some kind that appears to be holding it very well, even if I'm blasting it with the hose or...
02-22-2005, 12:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By pa28pilot

Another vote for Zaino here. I second the...

Another vote for Zaino here. I second the comments about it being a great base coat. The Zaino wash is mild on the finish, but seems to get the crud off pretty well.

The Mr. Clean Autodry rinse...
02-22-2005, 12:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 746
Posted By pa28pilot

I'm looking too. Most I've found are only doing...

I'm looking too. Most I've found are only doing 3M film, which seems to have mixed reviews on all of the boards I've frequented.

If anyone has an example of a 50% front, 35% rear tint job, I'd...
02-22-2005, 12:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,922
Posted By pa28pilot

First, I'd urge you to consider either the...

First, I'd urge you to consider either the SIR-MINI or the SIR1-SAF, rather than an XM antenna. Second, I think you'll find there's a fair amount of room around the rear window molding all of the...
02-03-2005, 12:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,808
Posted By pa28pilot

That's interesting. I wonder whether they all...

That's interesting. I wonder whether they all are. I went to Baden Baden immediately upon leaving Stuttgart (Sindelfingen).

Your anecdote about "SA" is a hoot. I wonder how many Americans realize...
02-02-2005, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,066
Posted By pa28pilot

Though the little metal plaque on the German...

Though the little metal plaque on the German floor mats is not quite as sophisticated as the embroidery on the U.S. ones, the "dead pedal" cover is really nice, and has been the topic of many a post...
02-02-2005, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,189
Posted By pa28pilot

Yeah, I just would hate to have my car look like...

Yeah, I just would hate to have my car look like the obsessive-compulsive neighbors' houses with the plastic on the sofa in the "nice" living room. it's a tough thing. I just got my post-purchase...
02-02-2005, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,054
Posted By pa28pilot

Welcome. This is a great group, and they can be...

Welcome. This is a great group, and they can be very helpful with information about these cars. I don't know what I would have done without this resource in my recent order experience.

First and...
02-02-2005, 07:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,808
Posted By pa28pilot

On a related note, mine were "BB" plates. Am I...

On a related note, mine were "BB" plates. Am I correct in thinking that was for Böblingen?
02-02-2005, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,189
Posted By pa28pilot

As soon as I get mine clean, I'm going to treat...

As soon as I get mine clean, I'm going to treat it with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard, which should help a little. I think that treating these with some kind of protectant is the only way to really...
01-30-2005, 08:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,616
Posted By pa28pilot

That's actually in the manual for the 2005 E, but...

That's actually in the manual for the 2005 E, but I don't remember it suggesting doing it in reverse. There's an instruction to apply the brakes aggressively before parking after driving in the muck....
01-30-2005, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By pa28pilot

You didn't indicate whether the clicking was in...

You didn't indicate whether the clicking was in time with the revs or not. Our '99 ML430 had a loose monolith in one of the (there are left and right) catalytic converters, and it made ahost of...
01-29-2005, 10:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,735
Posted By pa28pilot

SAguirre and I are on the same page. I had...

SAguirre and I are on the same page. I had planned to keep this 05 E320 CDI for quite a while. Probably the only thing that might lure me away would be an E-Class CDI 4Matic. That sounds like a dream...
01-29-2005, 10:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,922
Posted By pa28pilot

That's what I did, as indicated earlier in this...

That's what I did, as indicated earlier in this thread. I went so far as to connect the SIR-SP splitter to the Sirius tuner unit and put them back into the box, so there would be no confusion as to...
01-28-2005, 10:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,586
Posted By pa28pilot

I didn't realize it when I bought the E320 CDI,...

I didn't realize it when I bought the E320 CDI, but diesels are entirely exempt from emissions inspections in Virginia. One more bonus for the oil burners.
01-27-2005, 11:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 707
Posted By pa28pilot

I wouldn't expect any GPS receiver (except...

I wouldn't expect any GPS receiver (except perhaps differential GPS) to work inside a structure. The odd thing is that mine is doing this even when it has been parked in an open lot with no overhead...
01-27-2005, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 707
Posted By pa28pilot

Question Tele-Aid Reliability

Hi folks,
So far the shakedown of my E320CDI has been pretty uneventful. My dealer even installed a small Sirius antenna right in front of the Tele-Aid antenna as I requested.

Here's the...
01-27-2005, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,203
Posted By pa28pilot

I remember reading the dire warnings about never...

I remember reading the dire warnings about never connecting any loads directly to the battery where the BCM couldn't track it. It makes sense that the same would hold true for chargers, but:

Is...
01-27-2005, 08:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,203
Posted By pa28pilot

One technical nit: It's not a gel cell, both the...

One technical nit: It's not a gel cell, both the front and rear batteries are absorbed glass mat (AGM). The upshot of this is that they are more robust and don't require as delicate charge curve as...
01-26-2005, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,191
Posted By pa28pilot

I can unreservedly say that the ones on my E are...

I can unreservedly say that the ones on my E are the best headlights I have ever seen, used, or owned on a car. For the first time in my life, I feel like I can see what's really out there.
01-26-2005, 11:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 41,798
Posted By pa28pilot

I wouldn't say it's TOTALLY harmless, in either...

I wouldn't say it's TOTALLY harmless, in either the toxicological or metallurgical context. I've read the Materials Safety Data Sheets for it, and I wouldn't want to ingest butyl cellosolve, even if...
01-26-2005, 11:13 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,925
Posted By pa28pilot

Wow, we're practically related. :) I have 898...

Wow, we're practically related. :) I have 898 miles on my 05 E320 CDI and I will tell you the difference. The new tambour door console has a pronounced slope downward toward the shifter lever. The...
01-26-2005, 11:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,724
Posted By pa28pilot

Ken probably knows this, but for the non-oil...

Ken probably knows this, but for the non-oil burners out there:

Another point in favor of the CDI is that fact that the gas guzzler tax doesn't apply. (Nor do emissions inspections in Virginia -...
01-22-2005, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 753
Posted By pa28pilot

On that note - I've noticed an item in the...

On that note - I've noticed an item in the Mercedes option code lists for "vegetable oil methyl ester". Americans know this fuel as "biodiesel" or "B100" for straight biodiesel (non-blended).
...
01-20-2005, 12:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 858
Posted By pa28pilot

You might find some good information in this...

You might find some good information in this thread. (https://mbworld.org/forums/showthread.php?t=34738)

As you'll read in that thread, I've been pleased with Fairfax Service Center's work.
01-19-2005, 10:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,059
Posted By pa28pilot

Unlike TPAbnz, our temperature was 29 degrees F...

Unlike TPAbnz, our temperature was 29 degrees F (brrr) and I used a hair dryer and the Home Depot "Quickie" brand equivalent of Goof Off.

Both the front (on fabric) and back (on mirror door)...
01-19-2005, 09:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,621
Posted By pa28pilot

So what's the deal with the tourist delivery...

So what's the deal with the tourist delivery plates. I checked, and the holes match up with my US plates. I know the regular EU plates are much longer than the ones that I received in Germany.

Did...
Forum: Kill Stories
01-16-2005, 11:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,111
Posted By pa28pilot

We'll see how they all play out, but I do have to...

We'll see how they all play out, but I do have to give Ford serious credit for one thing. They finally put a REAL electrical system into the Jaguar. I view that as a good deed for all humanity. I...
01-16-2005, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,391
Posted By pa28pilot

I think that's a great question. I suspect that...

I think that's a great question. I suspect that part of the answer is that vendors selling to the public in America tend to take care not to assume ANYTHING about the competence or diligence of the...
01-14-2005, 07:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

WOO HOO! My car arrived in Baltimore on...

WOO HOO!

My car arrived in Baltimore on January 10th. Apparently the Port of Baltimore is pretty backed up right now. (I heard there are two whole ships that can't unload cars because there's no...
01-14-2005, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,513
Posted By pa28pilot

Having just received my European Delivery CDI,...

Having just received my European Delivery CDI, I'm near Washington D.C. and looking for a number of those mods. There's another vote for the Right Coast.
01-13-2005, 10:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,922
Posted By pa28pilot

There are small Sirius antennas...

For all of the reasons mentioned previously in this forum, I would recommend that you consider a smaller antenna that is actually tuned for the Sirius frequency allocations, as opposed to...
01-07-2005, 04:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,335
Posted By pa28pilot

I'd suggest doing a search in this forum for...

I'd suggest doing a search in this forum for "European Delivery". You'll find a wealth of information here.

There's a standard 7% off list for ED. I think some folks here have negotiated down...
01-05-2005, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Thanks, I hope yours gets "sprung" soon. Is...

Thanks, I hope yours gets "sprung" soon.

Is your car coming straight into a Florida port, rather than Baltimore?

I've been given to understand that there may be some labor issues (of the...
01-05-2005, 11:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Smile Excellent resource. Thanks! I was just...

Excellent resource. Thanks!

I was just informed that my CDI has been put on the ship for a January 8 arrival in Baltimore. I dropped it off with TT Car Transit at Charles de Gaulle airport on...
01-03-2005, 08:19 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 309,790
Posted By pa28pilot

There are many labs from which to choose, but the...

There are many labs from which to choose, but the important thing is that you choose one and stay with it. Readings are not straightforwardly comparable from lab to lab. What you're looking for are...
01-02-2005, 11:17 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 309,790
Posted By pa28pilot

I hear you. How exactly does your dealer take a...

I hear you. How exactly does your dealer take a sample while using the vacuum oil extractor?

This is a question that has been plaguing me for a while now, as I want to start an oil analysis...
Forum: 190E (W201)
12-29-2004, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,288
Posted By pa28pilot

I had a Clifford Intelliguard 7000 put into my...

I had a Clifford Intelliguard 7000 put into my '87 300E, with remote start. I don't worry too much about people putting bombs into my car anymore, but in the Winter it's great for heating up the car...
12-28-2004, 02:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,291
Posted By pa28pilot

We'll have to see if mine runs a week behind...

We'll have to see if mine runs a week behind yours. I dropped off on 12/3, and haven't heard anything yet about arrival dates on the ship.
12-27-2004, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,115
Posted By pa28pilot

Specifically, the 1X means that you are in...

Specifically, the 1X means that you are in Verizon's "1XRTT" service area. 1XRTT is a higher-speed data service that claims to be able to peak up to about 144 kbps, which is even faster than your...
12-27-2004, 06:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,306
Posted By pa28pilot

OT: 80 years? Do you have any Early Birds in...

OT:
80 years? Do you have any Early Birds in the family? My great-grandfather was one, and someone in every generation has flown ever since.

I think the Boeing vs. Airbus thing may be more...
12-19-2004, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,462
Posted By pa28pilot

How to take samples when using an evacuator?

This seems like a thread of knowledgeable posters, so I'm hoping someone might know this answer.

Is there a means for a technician with a vacuum system to pull an oil analysis sample without just...
12-19-2004, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,161
Posted By pa28pilot

some info from the manual. Do you have Toast for the Mac?

My manual says that ISO 9660/Joliet is the only acceptable format. Ignore all of the ones that say HFS+, as that's a Macintosh file system.

I'd also suggest that you try burning in Disc-At-Once...
12-15-2004, 06:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,438
Posted By pa28pilot

Yes, we were specifically discussing the break-in...

Yes, we were specifically discussing the break-in period (including a little chat about the English language term "break-in"), and she suggested that the "S" mode was the right one to use. I knew...
12-14-2004, 08:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,438
Posted By pa28pilot

I noticed that, but interestingly enough, when I...

I noticed that, but interestingly enough, when I took European Delivery of the CDI, the technician suggested that 'S' mode was better. Go figure.
12-14-2004, 07:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,034
Posted By pa28pilot

MB to sell working replicas of 1886 Patent Motorwagen

From CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/2004/12/08/pf/autos/classic_mercedes/index.htm

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Taking the "Retro" trend to the ultimate, in 2002 Mercedez-Benz built a small line of exact,...
12-12-2004, 04:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By pa28pilot

I'm 6'2", and a 12, and the thing I noticed is...

I'm 6'2", and a 12, and the thing I noticed is that the "dead pedal" is not as large as the one in my W124. It feels a little like I have to balance my foot over there, but over a longer drive I tend...
12-11-2004, 09:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By pa28pilot

I'm glad to hear that. I admit I have a skewed...

I'm glad to hear that. I admit I have a skewed perspective, because I used to break into networks for a living. I've seen enough vulnerability out there to know that all the good intentions in the...
12-11-2004, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,628
Posted By pa28pilot

Magna Steyr, formerly Steyr-Daimler-Puch, is sort...

Magna Steyr, formerly Steyr-Daimler-Puch, is sort of one of the best-kept secrets in the auto industry, yet they make really spiffy vehicles.

My other favorite car is a 1989 Volkswagen Westfalia...
12-11-2004, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 24,804
Posted By pa28pilot

Just for clarification, I'm assuming you are...

Just for clarification, I'm assuming you are referring to the H-rated ones?

I have been using MXV4+ Energy V-rated tires on my W124, and they wear really quickly. Great tire though.
12-11-2004, 03:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Did you get a mailing from Harms yet? My dealer...

Did you get a mailing from Harms yet? My dealer told me they'd likely send one a week before it arrives, and that I should take the paperwork over to the dealership ASAP.

Just wondering if you've...
12-10-2004, 08:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Wow. sorry to hear that, but it sounds like a...

Wow. sorry to hear that, but it sounds like a good reason for a new MB. The European Delivery Program info says 4-6 weeks. I'm pretty close to the port, and my dealer seems to have some mechanisms...
12-10-2004, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By pa28pilot

While I wait for mine to make its way over here,...

While I wait for mine to make its way over here, I have been debating about Tele-Aid. I noticed that the Mercedes Owners Online site seems to have a bunch of functionality that is linked to the...
12-10-2004, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,874
Posted By pa28pilot

FWIW, you all may have seen this, but my COMAND...

FWIW, you all may have seen this, but my COMAND manual suggests:

"It is recommended to use MP3 tracks with a bit rate of 128 kbps or higher and with a scan rate of 44.1 kHz or higher. Lower rates...
12-06-2004, 04:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,740
Posted By pa28pilot

You're probably right about that. I heard on the...

You're probably right about that. I heard on the BBC that there's a real debate in Germany right now. The EU wants member countries to require renewals for driving licenses every 10 years. I...
12-06-2004, 02:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Got it!!! [LONG]

Sorry for the delay. The wireless Internet access at my hotel in Strasbourg didn't work, and the one in Paris needed a cable, so I'm a little behind.

Sleeping a straight 16 hours when I got back...
11-30-2004, 03:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 709
Posted By pa28pilot

The Alps Rally package is an option for European...

The Alps Rally package is an option for European Delivery that consists of a self-guided 6-day drive through the Alps, including accomodations at a number of nice hotels. It's a delivery option,...
11-29-2004, 12:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,646
Posted By pa28pilot

Options no longer available: Solar Panels for...

Options no longer available:
Solar Panels for the Panorama Roof.

At least for the E320CDI:
Motorized rear window sunshade
Retractable rear pax window sunshades
11-29-2004, 12:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,349
Posted By pa28pilot

Well we're celebrating our anniversary too, so I...

Well we're celebrating our anniversary too, so I suppose it's as good a time as any. :v

Haven't gone to Harms yet. we're getting ready to go this morning. Thanks a lot for the warning. I don't...
11-28-2004, 05:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,349
Posted By pa28pilot

Are you by chance referring to the Schlosshotel...

Are you by chance referring to the Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe? My dealer mentioned that it was really easy to drive right past the entrance to that one.
11-28-2004, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Thanks. I've been watching his progress with some...

Thanks. I've been watching his progress with some interest. I thought for a moment I might be the only person odd enough to want to drive a 0-day old car in European Winter weather.
11-28-2004, 06:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By pa28pilot

Talking In Stuttgart for ED...

Well, we made it to Stuttgart, for our European Delivery tomorrow. Thanks to all of the folks on this forum who helped me with the selection process.

I'll try to post some pictures if I have...
11-26-2004, 12:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,295
Posted By pa28pilot

I think the Z-5 is a good idea. I recently tried...

I think the Z-5 is a good idea. I recently tried it for the first time on my old water spot-etched 300E, and it really does minimize the appearance of swirl marks and water spots.

After a good...
11-26-2004, 12:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By pa28pilot

Isn't that what the smaller battery under the...

Isn't that what the smaller battery under the hood is for? I was of the impression that it's purpose was to backup the main one.
11-24-2004, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,979
Posted By pa28pilot

The Mercedes-Benz Tele-Aid service is provided by...

The Mercedes-Benz Tele-Aid service is provided by ATX Technologies. (http://www.atxtechnologies.com/content/default.php) I believe this is also the firm that provides monitoring for Alpine's...
11-23-2004, 05:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,618
Posted By pa28pilot

On XM, you'll want Channels 80,81 and 82 for the...

On XM, you'll want Channels 80,81 and 82 for the trance/dance, and perhaps UPOP on 29. There are a number of hip-hop channels, including some Christian hip-hop. There's a new age-ish channel that...
11-22-2004, 05:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 814
Posted By pa28pilot

I second that. If you search the forum, you'll...

I second that. If you search the forum, you'll find a somewhat longer but equally enthusiastic recommendation of mine for Fairfax Service Center. I happen to know he owns a diesel of his own, because...
11-22-2004, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
Posted By pa28pilot

I don't think anything will prevent viewing by...

I don't think anything will prevent viewing by those directly behind the screen, but for off-axis viewing, I'd suggest you try the privacy films that people use on laptops. One example is here....
11-21-2004, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,323
Posted By pa28pilot

When I looked into it some time ago, it became...

When I looked into it some time ago, it became apparent that Lojack installers are under instructions to refuse to tell customers where the transmitter is installed.

I don't think I could ever...
11-21-2004, 03:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,979
Posted By pa28pilot

Hasn't Europe had Worldspace Radio for a lot...

Hasn't Europe had Worldspace Radio for a lot longer than the US has had SDARS (XM & Sirius)? I understand the portable receivers are a little large, but I'm surprised to hear that there isn't one for...
11-18-2004, 01:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,323
Posted By pa28pilot

Am I correct in thinking that all of you W211...

Am I correct in thinking that all of you W211 people who haven't activated it are seeing an error message on your dashboard the whole time?

I'm wondering if the dealer will "de"-option code it or...
11-12-2004, 11:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 680
Posted By pa28pilot

Solar panel parts question

I saw a note indicating that dealers are supposed to use a solar panel charger kit for battery maintenance on stored vehicles.

What are the salient differences between this kit, (MB Special Tool...
11-12-2004, 10:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,101
Posted By pa28pilot

Thanks, that's very useful commentary. I have to...

Thanks, that's very useful commentary. I have to say, I had no idea that it was a function of ordering the pano roof. I figured that E55 people would always be able to get such things, and that they...
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