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05-24-2019, 12:29 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 33,359
Posted By lkfoster

We got 5% off our special order AMG E53 Coupe...

We got 5% off our special order AMG E53 Coupe before it even showed up on the MBUSA configurator with next to no kerfuffle. I'd look elsewhere.
05-22-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,079
Posted By lkfoster

The wife's E53 with multi-contour Nappa leather...

The wife's E53 with multi-contour Nappa leather seats are quite comfortable. She's done four ten hour trips across the desert with them and likes them. Possibly even more comfortable than my...
05-14-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 33,359
Posted By lkfoster

We got 5% of on ordering our E53 Coupe before the...

We got 5% of on ordering our E53 Coupe before the webpage even had it listed with no back and forth. First time Merc buyer at a smaller regional dealer too. Our hometown dealers wouldn't budge. I...
05-05-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By lkfoster

I40 from Barstow to Needles comes to mind, not...

I40 from Barstow to Needles comes to mind, not that I would know anything about that.

And I haven't checked the Mercs tires, but if my 112mph limited Volvo has 150mph Z-rated OEM tires what the...
05-02-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,926
Posted By lkfoster

The wife's car is our first experience with...

The wife's car is our first experience with Extended Mobility tires and I have to say that I'm impressed with the ride. Much less harsh than the Conti DWS' that we've run over the past ~500k miles on...
04-30-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By lkfoster

One tip is don't get caught, some states can...

One tip is don't get caught, some states can confiscate the car.
04-19-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By lkfoster

Our icon didn't indicate alerts or anything else...

Our icon didn't indicate alerts or anything else of interest, just the icon with something like 4 or 6 miles. And this was in BFE southern Arizona where there weren't many new Mercs running around....
04-19-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By lkfoster

I'll see if I can get a picture this weekend. I...

I'll see if I can get a picture this weekend. I can't find any mention of car-to-x in the owners manual.
04-18-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By lkfoster

The wife's nav system constantly shows an icon...

The wife's nav system constantly shows an icon for car-x and a distance but we've never been able match the distance up with another new Merc.
03-15-2019, 03:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,381
Posted By lkfoster

Hmmm. Nothing from MBUSA yet.

Hmmm. Nothing from MBUSA yet.
03-12-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,142
Posted By lkfoster

My theory is that most Merc buyers want the most...

My theory is that most Merc buyers want the most "face" car at the lowest price. After over 30-odd years of shopping for mid-size German cars I've found that 80-90% of them on dealer lots are...
03-08-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,487
Posted By lkfoster

We got 5% of on a custom order at a small dealer...

We got 5% of on a custom order at a small dealer on the central California coast with very little haggling. Dealers in Phoenix wouldn't budge much.
02-01-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 758
Posted By lkfoster

What's with the boot cargo net?

The E53 Coupe came with a rear boot cargo net but there's only two fix points to hook it to. Am I missing something? The instructions show four different configurations, none of which match what I...
01-12-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,191
Posted By lkfoster

Perhaps not new software, but they do embed a lot...

Perhaps not new software, but they do embed a lot of options in OEM modules that can be activated with the right tools. I had active fog lights and tire pressure monitoring (ABS-type) turned on in my...
12-20-2018, 12:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By lkfoster

We got 5% plus MB club incentive on our special...

We got 5% plus MB club incentive on our special order E53 Coupe from a small dealer.
12-18-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,684
Posted By lkfoster

I don't remember the exact amount, but when I...

I don't remember the exact amount, but when I spec'd an E450 against a similarly spec'd E53 the price difference was only around $2-3k. The better driving dynamics was worth that much to the American...
12-14-2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By lkfoster

Does MBUSA even know that they make an AMG E53 Coupe?

We just received the VIN for our '19 AMG E53 Coupe and still can't find any reference to it on the MBUSA webpage. Either it's vaporware or their marketing volk aren't the sharpest pencils in the box.
Forum: W213 AMG
12-06-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By lkfoster

Hmmm, the wife got a ticket at LAX for no front...

Hmmm, the wife got a ticket at LAX for no front license plate on an Arizona car. Arizona doesn't require a front plate, and for that matter we can tint our front side windows too:D
11-30-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,012
Posted By lkfoster

Don't know about the hitch install on a wagon,...

Don't know about the hitch install on a wagon, but from what I understand you can install most all hitches without too much trouble. The fun part is getting an OEM euro one in the states. The OEM...
11-15-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,388
Posted By lkfoster

You scared me on that. When we priced the E450...

You scared me on that. When we priced the E450 against the E53 Coupes the difference came down to something like a couple grand. The handling difference alone was worth that.
11-15-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,388
Posted By lkfoster

Has MSRP changed? Our E53 couple msrp is supposed...

Has MSRP changed? Our E53 couple msrp is supposed to be around $73,xxx.
10-30-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,026
Posted By lkfoster

When we get our E53 Coupe I'm getting a...

When we get our E53 Coupe I'm getting a compressor and sealant kit. The wife had a blowout in our old C55 two hours out of Las Vegas in BFE Nevada at 2am and all MB Roadside Assistance told her that...
Forum: W213 AMG
10-20-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 764
Posted By lkfoster

AFAIK you get something like eight keys per car...

AFAIK you get something like eight keys per car then the ECM bricks. I would see what they have to say about diminished resale value.
10-17-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,072
Posted By lkfoster

Wound up ordering an AMG E53 Coupe in California...

Wound up ordering an AMG E53 Coupe in California but with all of the paperwork being done in AZ to keep it as an AZ car. The central CA coast dealer was willing to negotiate more.
09-17-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By lkfoster

I figure to use the sedan kit. Any slight...

I figure to use the sedan kit. Any slight difference in roof profiles should be managed by adjusting the bar connections.

Thule seems to be fairly conservative. They still don't carry a roof rack...
09-13-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By lkfoster

Thule shows a roof rack kit, actually two...

Thule shows a roof rack kit, actually two different ones but one precludes opening the sunroof. Don't get the low profile one.

I've found that roof racks take about 1-3 mpg off of fuel mileage and...
08-13-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,072
Posted By lkfoster

Which one(s) did 7%? Scottsdale just offered me...

Which one(s) did 7%? Scottsdale just offered me ~5%.

I can only imagine what they'll offer on an E53.
Forum: C450/C43 AMG
06-05-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,200
Posted By lkfoster

As I understand the popping noise is added...

As I understand the popping noise is added "cosmetically" to sound sporty by deliberately inducing mis-fires. In sport+ I would imagine that they'd dispense with that in interest of getting maximum...
02-07-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 19,398
Posted By lkfoster

I wouldn't hold out much hope for a factory fix...

I wouldn't hold out much hope for a factory fix anytime soon. They replaced the bottom seat panels twice on our C55 AMG for defective seat heaters and never did fix the root problem. In their defense...
07-03-2016, 01:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 462
Posted By lkfoster

Vacuum hose behind the dash or to the rear of the...

Vacuum hose behind the dash or to the rear of the engine is disconnected most likely. Does your air conditioning work properly? HVAC controls run off of the same vacuum line AFAIK.
08-01-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,474
Posted By lkfoster

Curious about being able to select the Off Road...

Curious about being able to select the Off Road package with no mention of Airmatic.
07-22-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By lkfoster

I've had to use the inflato-spare around five...

I've had to use the inflato-spare around five times and it's always worked as well as to be expected. Don't much care for the 50-ish mph speed limit but it beats the alternative. Everything I've ever...
07-21-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By lkfoster

They're as dodgy as they come, but they do work....

They're as dodgy as they come, but they do work. Had to nurse one for ~150 miles when I got a flat up in Yosemite.
07-21-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By lkfoster

C55's come with a collapsible tire on a steel...

C55's come with a collapsible tire on a steel wheel as the spare. Don't know the size, but it does fit over the calipers for obvious reasons. It takes different wheel bolts too.
07-09-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,082
Posted By lkfoster

Good luck with that. It took me 8 tries to get my...

Good luck with that. It took me 8 tries to get my faulty Command unit replaced under warranty. Somehow or other MB customer service doesn't quite live up to their advertising. Have never had so much...
05-07-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,264
Posted By lkfoster

I would expect that they're around 70-80 ft-lbs. ...

I would expect that they're around 70-80 ft-lbs. The important thing is to torque them only when the car is on the ground with the suspension loaded.
05-07-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,264
Posted By lkfoster

Same here. I was expecting the front thrust arm...

Same here. I was expecting the front thrust arm bushings to be gone by now (our E28 M5 went through 5 sets in 50k miles) but so far every thing checks out as fine according to my alignment shop at...
04-18-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,444
Posted By lkfoster

One more reason why I most likely won't be buying...

One more reason why I most likely won't be buying another MB. My brother just had VofA cover 65% on a blown head gasket on his out of warranty VW Jetta with just one call.

It took eight visits to...
04-09-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,796
Posted By lkfoster

My mirror heaters seem to be inconsistent, but I...

My mirror heaters seem to be inconsistent, but I figure that it's energy management trying to level the load on the electrical system during cold starts.
04-03-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,685
Posted By lkfoster

Interesting. Haven't run into that before, but I...

Interesting. Haven't run into that before, but I suppose I do need to get out more often.
04-02-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,685
Posted By lkfoster

True, but in this case I understand that it means...

True, but in this case I understand that it means a heavier duty fan and/or radiator. I do know for a fact that I can idle in 117 F/47 C traffic and the temp gauge never moves so MB must have done...
04-02-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,685
Posted By lkfoster

Looking in the EPC I see code 919 listed as a...

Looking in the EPC I see code 919 listed as a generic code for all chassis' but specifically as Aircon Cooling Power Package for the w203 chassis. The data card for my car says aircon too.
04-02-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,685
Posted By lkfoster

I'm curious too. I have a California car, a...

I'm curious too. I have a California car, a slightly warmer climate than British Columbia, and it doesn't have it.

I was thinking that it's a small heat exchanger on the AC return line from the...
04-01-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,562
Posted By lkfoster

I put double sided tape beneath the flange where...

I put double sided tape beneath the flange where you can't see it. Seems to hold so far.
03-30-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,290
Posted By lkfoster

One thing to check is fuel system pressure. I had...

One thing to check is fuel system pressure. I had that problem on an old BMW 320i that was caused by a leaking check valve in the fuel pump.
03-26-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,539
Posted By lkfoster

That works best if you're boiling the fluid in...

That works best if you're boiling the fluid in the calipers. I did the same thing ages ago on a BMW 3-series. It eliminated the pedal to floor sensation after parked but didn't do much for fading as...
03-26-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 80,176
Posted By lkfoster

At least MB is consistent. The MIL's 560SL has a...

At least MB is consistent. The MIL's 560SL has a bad AC vent vacuum actuator that requires removing the dash to get into the heater box.
03-21-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By lkfoster

Just drain and refill twice or more. You'll get...

Just drain and refill twice or more. You'll get most of the old fluid out and no potential leak point.
03-19-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,139
Posted By lkfoster

Bosch platinum spark plug C55 heat ranges

From what I understand the OEM C55 Bosch spark plug is a FR8xxx (6702). But when I look at the Bosch webpage they recommend FR7xxx (6705) spark plugs, one heat range cooler.

I'm trying to...
03-17-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 40,649
Posted By lkfoster

I had the same experience with the warning...

I had the same experience with the warning triangle. Let us know if you find the right part number, I gave up.
03-15-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,158
Posted By lkfoster

Does adding the sun sensor make much of a...

Does adding the sun sensor make much of a difference on cars with the knobs for temperature control?
03-15-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,593
Posted By lkfoster

Have you checked into early 6.3 engine head bolt...

Have you checked into early 6.3 engine head bolt issues? From what I understand the fix is a bit pricey on motors before the design change.
01-25-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,356
Posted By lkfoster

Does it still connect to the iPod? I don't see...

Does it still connect to the iPod? I don't see that in the description and the connector seems to be lacking. I'd like to keep both.
01-14-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,302
Posted By lkfoster

The hard copy of the warranty that I saved...

The hard copy of the warranty that I saved somewhere ages ago when I first bought them made no mention of staggered. I just had to rotate them per the manufacturer's recommendation. Continental may...
01-14-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,302
Posted By lkfoster

I've been running DWS' for quite a while now and...

I've been running DWS' for quite a while now and don't have any complaints other than the 12-15k tread life for the rears. And this is with me driving like my grandmother. I go through two sets of...
01-13-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,302
Posted By lkfoster

I don't know about Bilstein valving for MBs, but...

I don't know about Bilstein valving for MBs, but for BMWs Sport and HD shocks had the same valving, just shorter extended length for Sports so shorter springs wouldn't unseat.
01-11-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,393
Posted By lkfoster

Does the 550 have a firmer suspension calibration...

Does the 550 have a firmer suspension calibration than the 350? I thought that they were the same but didn't drive them back to back to see.
01-09-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,332
Posted By lkfoster

The REST function on most cars runs a small pump...

The REST function on most cars runs a small pump on the heater circuit to circulate hot coolant and the AC fan for up to 30 minutes after the engine is shut off. In summer mode I think it just runs...
01-09-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,176
Posted By lkfoster

Apparently it's standard on the '06 Canadian...

Apparently it's standard on the '06 Canadian w203s but you have to go in with the STAR system to turn it on with the US cars. Must have been too many false positive error message-induced visits to a...
01-08-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,176
Posted By lkfoster

While I prefer an active system, the passive...

While I prefer an active system, the passive system that can be enabled via a STAR machine does work. The system on my '06 C55 triggers at around a 6-8 psig drop. It saved my backside when I got a...
01-05-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 36,451
Posted By lkfoster

All of this MB vs Audi has me reconsidering my...

All of this MB vs Audi has me reconsidering my serious interest in a new ML. Much as I like the ML350 BTC my wife reminds me of the eight service visits it took to get my C55 nav system repaired...
01-02-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By lkfoster

No problems with the radio that know of, but I...

No problems with the radio that know of, but I don't use it much so can't be certain. I've never had a problem with phone or sat nav reception either.

Pictures will have to wait for when I get...
01-02-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By lkfoster

I have the Huber Optik Drei tint, partially for...

I have the Huber Optik Drei tint, partially for the better color match. As for better solar insulation, I can't say that it blocks the sun any better than normal tint. I can't feel much difference on...
12-28-2013, 01:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 906
Posted By lkfoster

Don't know about MB auto start-stop but I spent...

Don't know about MB auto start-stop but I spent the last year driving a number of diesels in Ireland with the feature and found them all to be virtually transparent in use. It got to be strange for...
12-15-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,108
Posted By lkfoster

Same here. It just changes TCU mapping, nothing...

Same here. It just changes TCU mapping, nothing mechanical or hydraulic.
12-06-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

Is anybody planning to attend? I'm thinking of...

Is anybody planning to attend? I'm thinking of going if I can get the car cleaned up after a trip out west.
11-03-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,164
Posted By lkfoster

They are old school tapered roller bearings like...

They are old school tapered roller bearings like just about every car since the dawn of time, at least just like our '35 Ford. There should be all sorts of diys on the interweb. Just don't crank them...
10-29-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,911
Posted By lkfoster

I have ramps for my old cars but can't use them...

I have ramps for my old cars but can't use them on the C55 as the front bumper clashes with them. I have to use two floor jacks and then jack stands.
10-29-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 61,448
Posted By lkfoster

Yes, the original one clashes with the new grille.

Yes, the original one clashes with the new grille.
10-26-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,649
Posted By lkfoster

Watch out for bad headbolts in the early ones.

Watch out for bad headbolts in the early ones.
10-24-2013, 03:59 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,751
Posted By lkfoster

As I recall, which is spotty at best, I put the...

As I recall, which is spotty at best, I put the VCS before the phone. The phone input fiber is removed and placed into the VCS and a fiber from the VCS into the phone connector that you just tweaked.
10-23-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,751
Posted By lkfoster

I didn't have to code anything for my BT, or...

I didn't have to code anything for my BT, or voice for that matter. Just plugged everything in and it worked. The dealer reset an error code for the voice but it didn't change anything. As long as...
10-22-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,751
Posted By lkfoster

It must be SDARS. When I added voice control all...

It must be SDARS. When I added voice control all I had to do was plug it in and add the control stalk.

Interesting tip on the fiber network. I have found several different sequences for the loop...
10-22-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,751
Posted By lkfoster

Yes, I do. That may be why I didn't need to add a...

Yes, I do. That may be why I didn't need to add a fuse either.
10-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,751
Posted By lkfoster

When I installed my BT bits I didn't have to do...

When I installed my BT bits I didn't have to do anything with the carpeting on the transmission tunnel. All I had to do up front was pull up the console in order to install the puck adapter....
10-13-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,097
Posted By lkfoster

Have to agree. I passed one on the motorway a...

Have to agree. I passed one on the motorway a couple months back and it looked tiny, and I was in a Ford Focus which isn't exactly spacious.
09-25-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,277
Posted By lkfoster

The only thing hat I can think to do is pull the...

The only thing hat I can think to do is pull the puck out and reinstall to make sure that the connections are all made, though if you have power I doubt if it'll work. The dealer may be able to scan...
09-25-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,277
Posted By lkfoster

If you have the puck connector you should be good...

If you have the puck connector you should be good to go. Do you see a blue light on the puck (at least on the old silver puck) when the key is ON?
09-25-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,277
Posted By lkfoster

Some cars require the computers to be told that...

Some cars require the computers to be told that the phone is there. It takes a specialized STAR machine that the dealers and shops have.
09-25-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

My biggest problem with our E28 was the front...

My biggest problem with our E28 was the front suspension thrust bushings. They never seemed to last very long.

E28s are a bit thin on the ground over here in Dublin, though I do see the odd one....
09-23-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,235
Posted By lkfoster

When I had some work done once at the dealer they...

When I had some work done once at the dealer they installed the front level control sensor arm upside down (or so they said). The result was the same thing as you have, the lights looked for earth...
09-22-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

I plan to make one of the Pavilion events when I...

I plan to make one of the Pavilion events when I get back. Will probably take the Jeepster if I can get the starter sorted.

How do you like your E28? The wife had an E28 M5 for ever. Much as I...
09-21-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

I was thinking a bizillion bikes. :rolleyes:

I was thinking a bizillion bikes. :rolleyes:
09-19-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,980
Posted By lkfoster

I was wondering that too. I've had a couple 100k+...

I was wondering that too. I've had a couple 100k+ Mobil 1 engines and they've always had a light brown patina.
09-17-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 875
Posted By lkfoster

Losing the lower heater is a common failure mode....

Losing the lower heater is a common failure mode. I've had two driver sides replaced under warranty so far. The leather panel needs to be replaced to fix it.
09-15-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,420
Posted By lkfoster

Find out where the leak is. I check for leak...

Find out where the leak is. I check for leak locations by degreasing the whole area, driving it a bit and then spreading talcum powder all around. Look for the wet spot.

Axle seals are easy to...
09-06-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 31,870
Posted By lkfoster

True enough, but we can still do side to side. I...

True enough, but we can still do side to side. I run Conti DWS' with a mileage warranty as long as they're rotated. Given our stellar rear tire life it definitely comes in handy.
09-06-2013, 06:14 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 31,870
Posted By lkfoster

Excellent effort! I have the passive TPMS, which...

Excellent effort! I have the passive TPMS, which I've been happy with so far but now I'm jealous.

I was surprised to see that they've moved away from individual receivers at each wheel. I've used...
08-13-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,423
Posted By lkfoster

It's likely either the amplifier or the actuator....

It's likely either the amplifier or the actuator. The actuator is up front on the engine and easy to R&R. The amplifier is beneath the steering column and a PITA to R&R. Search this forum and MBWORLD...
08-12-2013, 11:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By lkfoster

See here for what's involved in the phone...

See here for what's involved in the phone install.

w203 sedan phone install (http://phdwebsite.powerpulse.cc/Phone%20Install%20Bulletins/2005%20C%20Sedan.pdf)
08-12-2013, 10:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,277
Posted By lkfoster

Look here for the install procedure. The...

Look here for the install procedure. The procedure is pretty straight forward. It took me around an hour and a half to install. My car didn't need coding (look for "No Phone" on the menu). The parts...
08-10-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By lkfoster

You'll probably need the full kit, at least I did...

You'll probably need the full kit, at least I did on my '06 that also had telaid and nav.

I have the old MB puck and it connects to a iPhone 5 and WP8 phones nicely. Just wish it could stream...
08-01-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

We sold our '88 at 175k miles and used the same...

We sold our '88 at 175k miles and used the same amount of oil then as when we bought it. Original clutch too. The wife is pretty easy on cars. It's just as well as the two piece head looks like a...
08-01-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

When we bought the E28 in 1989 they quoted a...

When we bought the E28 in 1989 they quoted a replacement cylinder head at $15k! I don't think that even AMG can top that.

All things considered our M5 wasn't that bad maintenance-wise. Worst bits...
07-31-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

Nice cars, the E34 M5s. The American wife had an...

Nice cars, the E34 M5s. The American wife had an E28 M5 since 1989. The S38 motor was nice, different than our big lazy V-8s. At least the C55 doesn't have timing chain issues. I still have the 3/4"...
07-31-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

What time does it start?

What time does it start?
07-31-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By lkfoster

Any difference in how well it regulates...

Any difference in how well it regulates temperatures with the sun sensor connected?
07-28-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

They're still having that show? Guess I need to...

They're still having that show? Guess I need to spend more time here. The last time I went to it was something like 1995.

Was there a lot of old American stuff?
07-27-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,759
Posted By lkfoster

The old school way I used to use was to put the...

The old school way I used to use was to put the wheel back on and tighten the adjuster nut until I got the slightest amount of freeplay when rocking the wheel at 6:00 and 12:00. The washer behind the...
07-23-2013, 04:55 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 20,041
Posted By lkfoster

The digital system is more than just the control...

The digital system is more than just the control head unit. It also includes separate air direction stepper motors for each side and an activated carbon filter on the recirc setting. The controller...
07-08-2013, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,311
Posted By lkfoster

I can't say for our cars, but fluid-filled motor...

I can't say for our cars, but fluid-filled motor mounts are pretty common. They are better at vibration isolation than solid rubber.
07-06-2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 639
Posted By lkfoster

I've always assumed that it is for Distronic, the...

I've always assumed that it is for Distronic, the active cruise control that we don't get. Much like the passive TPMS that we can get if you know somebody with a STAR machine.
05-22-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 946
Posted By lkfoster

I push sideways against the BJ to get it started.

I push sideways against the BJ to get it started.
05-06-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,155
Posted By lkfoster

That's what I found when mine started acting up....

That's what I found when mine started acting up. I also figured that if the OEM battery could last 7 years in Arizona heat with long periods of sitting uncharged they couldn't be too bad quality-wise.
04-16-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,736
Posted By lkfoster

Yes, unfortunately it's very common. The leather...

Yes, unfortunately it's very common. The leather and all needs to be replaced to fix it, you can't just replace the heating element like on other cars. Hopefully MB did a Lessons Learned on that...
04-16-2013, 01:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,736
Posted By lkfoster

Expect the OEM bottom segment to only last a year...

Expect the OEM bottom segment to only last a year or two. They fail all the time, I'm on my third set.
03-21-2013, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,937
Posted By lkfoster

If you can see "Telephone" when you scroll...

If you can see "Telephone" when you scroll through the screens then coding is not required. At least that was how it was when I added mine.
03-20-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,399
Posted By lkfoster

+1. I'd love to have a wagon but all we get in...

+1. I'd love to have a wagon but all we get in the states are mini-vans and SUVs. And the few estates that we do have are not exactly sporty, E63 excluded.
03-18-2013, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By lkfoster

When it happened to me, along with a no-crank...

When it happened to me, along with a no-crank episode, I figured it was my seven year old battery.
03-15-2013, 06:22 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

I found the correct sequence in the STAR service...

I found the correct sequence in the STAR service DVD.

Radio
Sound amplifier (if HK only)
VCS
Telephone
CDC
03-14-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

I think I'd double check the fiber ring...

I think I'd double check the fiber ring configuration. There are too many different systems acting up.

From here:...
03-13-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

I think my VCS was after the amp. Also, does...

I think my VCS was after the amp. Also, does swapping fibers at the VCS do anything?

What happens when you pull the stalk?
03-13-2013, 03:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

Curious, I didn't need any additional connectors...

Curious, I didn't need any additional connectors when I plugged mine in. Instead of a splice connector will the fiber provided in the kit reach to the next component in either direction?
03-12-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

Here's the link that I meant to send, i claim...

Here's the link that I meant to send, i claim that it was jet lag's fault. It should show the microphone connectors. ...
03-12-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,819
Posted By lkfoster

Our old '88 BMW M5 came originally with...

Our old '88 BMW M5 came originally with directional Pirelli P700 tires. There was a sticker over the spare that said something to the affect that reversing the tread direction would cause a minor...
03-12-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

I used the VCS section of this when I did mine as...

I used the VCS section of this when I did mine as a reference. It's for a w211 E-class but the system is the same. As I recall there was only one way to connect each of the microphone connectors due...
03-06-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,187
Posted By lkfoster

+1. I had the same experience with cold start...

+1. I had the same experience with cold start noise when te dealer used 5w-40 M1.
03-05-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By lkfoster

Most certainly change the transmission fluid. I'm...

Most certainly change the transmission fluid. I'm at 80k and just did a transmission "flush". Was actually only about half the total fluid capacity but I did a near full change at 40k.

They say...
03-04-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By lkfoster

When I had some front end damage repaired by a...

When I had some front end damage repaired by a dealer body shop awhile back they tried to use non-OEM radiator and AC condensers because that's what my insurance company would cover. They wound up...
02-27-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,080
Posted By lkfoster

I put Koni FSDs on a mk 1 Audi TT and was very...

I put Koni FSDs on a mk 1 Audi TT and was very impressed with how subtle they were while being significantly tighter than the OEM S-line shocks. I poked at Koni a bit to see about valving for w203...
02-27-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,569
Posted By lkfoster

I think that there was a fiber optic piece and a...

I think that there was a fiber optic piece and a coupler too I order to plug it I to the fiber ring. I don't recall if there as a wire harness too.
02-27-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,569
Posted By lkfoster

If you can get into EPC you should be able to run...

If you can get into EPC you should be able to run down the different part numbers. I think that my part n umber was superseded several times. Don't know the differences other than mine only does...
02-26-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,101
Posted By lkfoster

What is the p/n on your VCS? Mine is an older...

What is the p/n on your VCS? Mine is an older version i think and just does the radio and phone.
02-25-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By lkfoster

That's my assumption, that or too much power. ...

That's my assumption, that or too much power.

You're right about towing in the states. I see all sorts of E- and S-classes with tow hitches around Dublin. Strangest was a R129 SL towing a horse...
02-25-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By lkfoster

I looked it up a long time ago and found that the...

I looked it up a long time ago and found that the C55 was not rated to tow, all the other were but don't recall for how much.
02-19-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,389
Posted By lkfoster

Or jumper the connector with a paperclip if...

Or jumper the connector with a paperclip if you're frugal.
02-12-2013, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 554
Posted By lkfoster

It used to be a baseball bat in the old days....

It used to be a baseball bat in the old days. Place it in the wheel well and push the car forward adjusting the bat as needed.
01-18-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,138
Posted By lkfoster

I'd look there also. The sound quality on mine...

I'd look there also. The sound quality on mine with the old larger BT puck is cleaner than the wife's new Audi.
01-10-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,651
Posted By lkfoster

While there is no mention of destroying the key,...

While there is no mention of destroying the key, leaving it in can put a strain on a weak car battery according to the owners manual.
01-02-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,284
Posted By lkfoster

Probably because they're really not needed with...

Probably because they're really not needed with wide US parking spaces. I wish that my car in Ireland had them as parking spots are significantly narrower.
12-21-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Posted By lkfoster

I've always used the old school metric of...

I've always used the old school metric of changing them when the friction surface gets down to the thickness of the steel backing plates.
12-20-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 9,924
Posted By lkfoster

Phoenix, AZ though most of the time Dublin 6W.

Phoenix, AZ though most of the time Dublin 6W.
11-27-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,549
Posted By lkfoster

I tried Redline Water Wetter a number of years...

I tried Redline Water Wetter a number of years ago on a Jeep Grand Cherokee that didn't like Arizona summers. It didn't make any difference in running temperatures. I never noticed any hydrophobic...
11-05-2012, 02:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,014
Posted By lkfoster

Same here, no leaks on any of my Thule racks that...

Same here, no leaks on any of my Thule racks that clip on using the door frame.
10-11-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,750
Posted By lkfoster

Good question but it's official published 0-60...

Good question but it's official published 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds time (0.2 seconds faster than the C55) indicates that something is up. Most likely off the line traction but the 7-speed DSG, which...
10-11-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,750
Posted By lkfoster

It's the wife's car but I "get" to drive it once...

It's the wife's car but I "get" to drive it once in awhile. We've been meaning race to research the power bit but from the butt dyno I'd have to say that it's faster than the C55. That, and it gets...
10-11-2012, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,750
Posted By lkfoster

I'm running Continental DWS', one size larger at...

I'm running Continental DWS', one size larger at the rear. I've had good luck with these.
09-10-2012, 07:38 PM
Replies: 3,050
Views: 220,986
Posted By lkfoster

I drive like my grandmother and I still only get...

I drive like my grandmother and I still only get around 15k from my rear DWS'. One of the reasons I went with the DWS' is the 50k mileage warranty.

While I'm at stock ride height I have to doubt...
09-04-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,043
Posted By lkfoster

My drain plugs were really tight the first time....

My drain plugs were really tight the first time. I needed a breaker bar on them, something that should not have been necessary. Apparently ANG uses one gorilla-one engine for our cars.
09-03-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,024
Posted By lkfoster

I had the same thing with overly tight drain...

I had the same thing with overly tight drain plugs when I started doing my own oil changes when the warranty timed out. Apparently the dealers used the topside method.

My problem with the topside...
08-22-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,761
Posted By lkfoster

I went with the OEM system. Do a search of this...

I went with the OEM system. Do a search of this forum, the was a pretty comprehensive thread on what to do. I don't remember the exact cost but parts were less than $500 and it's a DIY using the...
08-03-2012, 11:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,604
Posted By lkfoster

I've bled ABS brakes since 1988 and have never...

I've bled ABS brakes since 1988 and have never needed to exercise the ABS block. As long as you don't run the reservoir dry you should be OK. If in doubt take the car down a gravel road and trigger...
07-10-2012, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,706
Posted By lkfoster

Yep. The same factors, additive depletion and...

Yep. The same factors, additive depletion and clutch face wear, are there.
07-09-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,194
Posted By lkfoster

For my '06 part number 13 does not apply. If...

For my '06 part number 13 does not apply. If (when) I change my fuel filter I will need part number 9. MB uses generic diagrams and then uses your VIN to filter out parts that do not apply.
07-08-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,706
Posted By lkfoster

Opinions vary but I change ATF and diff oil at...

Opinions vary but I change ATF and diff oil at 40k.
07-05-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By lkfoster

Helicoil should work if you can reach it with the...

Helicoil should work if you can reach it with the drill and tap.
07-03-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Posted By lkfoster

You don't need BT installed for mBrace to work, I...

You don't need BT installed for mBrace to work, I opted in for the lifetime subscription on my '06 before I installed the BT.

I've never used it once to unlock the doors but it's nice to have...
07-02-2012, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,181
Posted By lkfoster

AFAIK there isn't a way to trouble-shoot the...

AFAIK there isn't a way to trouble-shoot the system without a STAR machine. When I installed mine it was just plug-and-play. The dealer reset a fault code but it worked fine without it being cleared....
07-01-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 20,472
Posted By lkfoster

You will get a SRS fault if the module doesn't...

You will get a SRS fault if the module doesn't see the airbag when powered up. On the '88 560SL I can clear the fault with a paper clip but suspect that it's not so easy on the w203.
06-25-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,235
Posted By lkfoster

You mean like this?

You mean like this?
06-23-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,235
Posted By lkfoster

It all comes down to to personal preference. But...

It all comes down to to personal preference. But I should mention that my C55 and 560SL dain plugs have straight threads that rely on the metal crush washer for sealing. The only interference (pipe)...
06-22-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,235
Posted By lkfoster

In my case (C55) the sump has two different low...

In my case (C55) the sump has two different low spots. If I would use the topside method I would leave about a liter in the sump.
06-09-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,282
Posted By lkfoster

Recommeded pressures on my '06 are 33/37 so 40...

Recommeded pressures on my '06 are 33/37 so 40 isn't that much of a stretch. Tire wear across the tread has been even on the last four sets of rears.

Same pressure up front takes out some of the...
06-09-2012, 12:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,600
Posted By lkfoster

57 and a half. I wish all these d*mned kids...

57 and a half.

I wish all these d*mned kids would get off of my lawn.
06-09-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,282
Posted By lkfoster

Same. Rears evaporate every 15k, fronts about 30k...

Same. Rears evaporate every 15k, fronts about 30k even though I drive like my mother.
05-08-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 99,098
Posted By lkfoster

:eek: This is starting to sound like a...

:eek:

This is starting to sound like a replay of the poor gas issues from the mid-80s. At least at that time some manufacturers covered the problem under warranty. We had an '84 5000 that they...
04-28-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,385
Posted By lkfoster

My last replacement lasted less than a year and...

My last replacement lasted less than a year and it didn't get turned on once. It's a less than optimal design, our '88 M5's worked flawlessly for 18 years.
04-25-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,230
Posted By lkfoster

We have one Audi and one Merc right now. Amongst...

We have one Audi and one Merc right now. Amongst many differences two things stand out;

-Audi USA is MUCH more responsive than MBUSA. Audi USA paid for all costs on an ignition coil failure on the...
04-24-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,937
Posted By lkfoster

I changed the oil (Mobil 1) every 10-12k on our...

I changed the oil (Mobil 1) every 10-12k on our old BMW E28 M5 and things looked brand new inside when I replaced the timing chain at 170k. It burned the same amount of oil as when new also. And this...
04-24-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,116
Posted By lkfoster

Interesting, I may have to try that myself. ...

Interesting, I may have to try that myself.

But judging from the fun I just had with the egits I may just drop alll four accounts. They just activated a fifth radio on my account for a car that...
03-31-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,818
Posted By lkfoster

I've always liked the GTVs but the closest I got...

I've always liked the GTVs but the closest I got was a '61 Guilietta Sprint coupe.

I think the last GTV that I saw was in Melbourne a few years back. I'd forgotten how small they are.

Isn't...
03-31-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,590
Posted By lkfoster

Does it look like this? This is what I have on my...

Does it look like this? This is what I have on my C55.

Hella 90mm fog light
03-30-2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,818
Posted By lkfoster

The old muscle cars may be slow but there's...

The old muscle cars may be slow but there's nothing like the sound of the secondaries opening up on a 4bbl engine. Maybe BMW can add a .wav file on their new M5.
03-30-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,818
Posted By lkfoster

Angry We had two Fiat X1/9s that we couldn't seem to...

We had two Fiat X1/9s that we couldn't seem to kill, once running the '74 out of oil and then filling the crankcase up with petrol when the fuel pump leaked. Both times just refilled the sump with...
03-29-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,818
Posted By lkfoster

1959 Alfa Romeo Guiletta Normal Spyder senior...

1959 Alfa Romeo Guiletta Normal Spyder senior year in high school. I can't remember if it was a series 750 or 101.
03-27-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,882
Posted By lkfoster

I installed mine using a kit that works for the...

I installed mine using a kit that works for the w211 E-class and others. It ran around $175 from a dealer online as I recall and included all the bits though the control stalk was wrong. My '06 was...
03-26-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,590
Posted By lkfoster

Yours may be different, but my C55 fog lights are...

Yours may be different, but my C55 fog lights are standard Hella 90mm lights. I paid $50 for the last one with H7 bulb.
02-27-2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,495
Posted By lkfoster

Look here for the full details

You will need three pieces, though one can be skipped if you want (I didn't).

https://mbworld.org/forums/c32-amg-c55-amg-w203/378366-oem-bluetooth-installation-complete.html
02-20-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,814
Posted By lkfoster

It's your call but it's in the factory manual and...

It's your call but it's in the factory manual and I tend to believe factory engineers. That, and I won't do anything around a running engine in D.
02-20-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,814
Posted By lkfoster

P, not D! My factory shop manual DVD says to...

P, not D! My factory shop manual DVD says to check ATF level with the dipstick in P.
02-15-2012, 11:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,800
Posted By lkfoster

My C55, which I believe has the CLK front end,...

My C55, which I believe has the CLK front end, has two.
02-12-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,715
Posted By lkfoster

That was 4 years ago when I had a project for...

That was 4 years ago when I had a project for IBM. Lived 6 months up river from Beacon.
02-12-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,715
Posted By lkfoster

I know the feeling. It once took me 5 minutes to...

I know the feeling. It once took me 5 minutes to get up the driveway to the Holiday Inn in Fishkill in a Hertz Mustang with summer tires. The snowplow behind me was not impressed.
02-12-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,715
Posted By lkfoster

I'd buy a c63 4Matic wagon tomorrow if they...

I'd buy a c63 4Matic wagon tomorrow if they offered one in the states.

Had to take the C55 in the snow once when the wife's Quattro TT torched an ignition coil and I won't do that again.

As...
02-12-2012, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,331
Posted By lkfoster

I wouldn't be surprised if the Thule Aero load...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Thule Aero load bars have the same mounting slot profile as the OEM bars, which means that Thule racks would fit an OEM bar and visa-versa.
02-12-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,800
Posted By lkfoster

Drain plugs no, but copper seal rings yes (the...

Drain plugs no, but copper seal rings yes (the cheapest part you'll ever buy for a Merc).

Maybe you're supposed to change drain plugs, but I'm old school. I only change drain plugs when the...
02-12-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,800
Posted By lkfoster

I do mine from the bottom. On the V-8s the oil...

I do mine from the bottom. On the V-8s the oil pan has two drain plugs due to a configuration that has to clear a cross-member. Draining from the top leaves something like a liter behind.
02-11-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,331
Posted By lkfoster

Thule stuff is easy to find usually, but when I...

Thule stuff is easy to find usually, but when I put mine on 4 years ago they didn
t have a listing for the w203 in the states.
02-11-2012, 01:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,331
Posted By lkfoster

Where did you get the Thule parts? When I put my...

Where did you get the Thule parts? When I put my rack on a few years back I had to bring parts back from the UK.
02-08-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,705
Posted By lkfoster

MBUSA can be a pain sometimes. It took me eight...

MBUSA can be a pain sometimes. It took me eight visits to the dealer to get them to finally replace my Command unit to fix a nav issue.
02-08-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,705
Posted By lkfoster

Same here.

Same here.
02-03-2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,375
Posted By lkfoster

It may be dead weight most of the time, but it...

It may be dead weight most of the time, but it does come in handy from time to time like when you can't find a replacement 18" tire at Yosemite. At least it's better than the American wife's Audi...
02-03-2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,375
Posted By lkfoster

Me too. There is a spare....

Me too. There is a spare....
01-29-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,039
Posted By lkfoster

The two times that I've had BiX aiming problems...

The two times that I've had BiX aiming problems (one Merc and one Audi) it's been a ride height sensor issue. And both times the lights have been too low, not too high.
01-18-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,773
Posted By lkfoster

+2 In an ideal world I'd wait to see that...

+2

In an ideal world I'd wait to see that engine oil was up to normal before flogging it but there's no way to tell these days. From earlier cars with oil temp gauges it takes a bit longer than...
01-18-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,194
Posted By lkfoster

The EPC shows that #13 is not valid for my '06.

The EPC shows that #13 is not valid for my '06.
01-17-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,194
Posted By lkfoster

Replacing filters are a routine PM function. Up...

Replacing filters are a routine PM function. Up to a point a filter works better as it collects dirt, but as the particulate layer builds up it increases pressure drop. At some point the fuel pump...
01-16-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,194
Posted By lkfoster

It's combined with the fuel gauge sensor on the...

It's combined with the fuel gauge sensor on the left side within the tank. Price was around $300-400 as I recall for a new unit from a dealer. It looks like you get to remove the fuel pump/level...
12-28-2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,603
Posted By lkfoster

I did the install in a couple hours. Cost was...

I did the install in a couple hours. Cost was around $450 using OEM parts. In my case there was no need to re-code anything. Do a search in the C32/C55 forum for the install link.
12-21-2011, 02:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,039
Posted By lkfoster

I think it's because Americans need to be spoon...

I think it's because Americans need to be spoon fed everything and would besiege the service departments with questions and complaints. As I recall the feature is mentioned in my '06 owners manual as...
12-21-2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,039
Posted By lkfoster

+1 I've had it trip an alarm something like 20...

+1 I've had it trip an alarm something like 20 times to date. Got a nail in a rear tire up at Yosemite and then had to nurse a replacement tire that leaked worse then the one with the nail until I...
12-14-2011, 05:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,544
Posted By lkfoster

The picture would be of a MG TF, the headlights...

The picture would be of a MG TF, the headlights were flared into the front fenders.

Magnettes, at least the post-war ones, were the MG four door sedans. The mother-in-law has a '58 ZB Magnette....
11-30-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,096
Posted By lkfoster

Back in the days when I was learning to drive the...

Back in the days when I was learning to drive the family car only had snow tires on the rear. I used to take it skiing all the time and didn't think twice about it. But now that I know what...
11-24-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,032
Posted By lkfoster

I figure that as long as Quaife has the correct...

I figure that as long as Quaife has the correct dimensions on the OEM carrier it should be a straight drop-in. What I don't know is whether they had access to MB carrier design drawings or if they...
11-24-2011, 11:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,223
Posted By lkfoster

Blame Canada!:D Sorry, I had to slip that...

Blame Canada!:D

Sorry, I had to slip that in. Prices are always high up your way, which could be the reason that my grandfather moved to the states in 1919.
11-23-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,223
Posted By lkfoster

Mine says P-2700-203-07 version 2.0.

Mine says P-2700-203-07 version 2.0.
11-22-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,223
Posted By lkfoster

I got mine at my dealer for something like $60...

I got mine at my dealer for something like $60 three-odd years ago. It covers all years and models of the w203.
11-22-2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,223
Posted By lkfoster

The OEM STAR Service DVD didn't used to be W7...

The OEM STAR Service DVD didn't used to be W7 64bit compatible but now most of it works. You have to use a work-around on the electrical ETM bits, but that works too now.
11-20-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,826
Posted By lkfoster

I'm on my fourth DVD and the only difference I've...

I'm on my fourth DVD and the only difference I've ever noticed was that more mobile home parks have shown up that can't be turned off. One has to wonder if the MB target market has changed. :confused:
11-16-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,235
Posted By lkfoster

It could be part of it, but unless you have a...

It could be part of it, but unless you have a STAR machine it's the only choice that you have. I'm more inclined to think that a position sensor is off, but that's within the STAR realm. There's...
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