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07-17-2019, 01:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 235
Posted By ChrisB

Test drove a 2019 E53 AMG

It was on the way home from downtown near rush hour ... but I was able to take a few corners and hit the gas a few times.

When the hybrid engine kicked in at lower revs and speeds ... the...
07-17-2019, 01:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 136
Posted By ChrisB

Good looking R107

I saw an immaculate example at a Benz Dealership ... sholuld have taken more pictures.

So shiny and looking brand new. Must be restored- because it was in such great shape.

It had over 100,000...
07-17-2019, 01:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 155
Posted By ChrisB

1991 500 SL next to 1999 SL 500

On the way out of a brunch Resteraunt this past weekend - couple was walking past the door to “look at this beautiful smokey grey car” ... I said that’s our car - it’s from 1999.

They said we own...
07-03-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By ChrisB

A bit of research shows a lot of grief with...

A bit of research shows a lot of grief with design flaws ... not even recalled in Canada ??

Thanks for the info.
07-03-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By ChrisB

BMW vs MB - Cabriolet

We have been toying with the idea of replacing the 1999 SL 500 with a more modern, technically advanced, all wheel drive, slightly more powerful cabriolet.

The 4Matic drive train was missing from...
07-02-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 149
Posted By ChrisB

Road Trip Report

Just drove 9 hours, 410 + miles over 2 days through the Cascade Loop of Washington State ... sea level to 5,600 ft .. 60 F to 93 F degrees in temp.
Rain Forest to Desert to Alpine.
All fair weather...
06-30-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By ChrisB

I am a 56 baby. Tend to keep cars a long time &...

I am a 56 baby. Tend to keep cars a long time & don’t accumulate.
No mandatory retirement age in Canada ... we early retired for 7 years after bad burnout and health issues - now back at it for 3...
06-29-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By ChrisB

Nice summers day in Canada ... got (4)...

Nice summers day in Canada ... got (4) compliments.

Went for breakfast at IHOP and got complements on the R129 in the parking lot.
One when arriving - an old guy saying that’s the car I’ll buy...
06-28-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

Any one recently completed a good raid trip?

Any one recently completed a good raid trip?
06-22-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By ChrisB

The point being ... that you do not have to buy a...

The point being ... that you do not have to buy a new car to get Bluetooth connectivity.

That was pleasant surprise for me this weekend.
06-22-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By ChrisB

Maybe not the most sophisticated unit .. but one...

Maybe not the most sophisticated unit .. but one of the features is an Auxiliary input ... for older playback devices;

Scosche BTFreq Bluetooth FM TransmitterThe longer head of Scosche’s FM...
06-22-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By ChrisB

Bluetooth Devices

Our in the trunk CD Changer packed it in about 10 years ago. We drove without music for quite a while.

Then we had a wired FM Modulator (plugged into headphone jack) installed on the car 6 years...
06-22-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By ChrisB

Number 23 on the image below? ...

Number 23 on the image below?

https://dz310nzuyimx0.cloudfront.net/strapr1/414f5b7557cad423232951eb9dffa655/06c7e3fa2c1bf7efe8e447fdeb8de6af.png

...
06-22-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 44,628
Posted By ChrisB

The R129 starting to be referenced as a Classic...

The R129 starting to be referenced as a Classic car;

https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/mercedes-benz/sl-r129/running/

Mercedes-Benz SL500 Classic Cars for Sale
Find new and used...
06-22-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChrisB

One time I accelerated hard from a light near my...

One time I accelerated hard from a light near my office ... in a 100 ft the road crested a hill and dropped off on a right hand curve down hill.

With the ESC on it felt like being hot out of a...
06-20-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By ChrisB

As posted before mine have them ... yours does on...

As posted before mine have them ... yours does on one side.

I wonder why not on the diagrams?

You should be able to order one from MB. Yes ?
06-20-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By ChrisB

Is the E53 AMG Cabriolet in high demand ... or is...

Is the E53 AMG Cabriolet in high demand ... or is it going to be relatively rare?

4Matic. 3.0 Liter Inline 6 with over 400bhp sounds real nice.
06-20-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChrisB

Maybe on loose gravel ;-)

Maybe on loose gravel ;-)
06-19-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChrisB

I drive to work 10 minutes each way by quiet...

I drive to work 10 minutes each way by quiet country road, streets with stop lights or freeway. All about the same time ... so lucky for me - I have the luxury of hitting the gas to have a little fun...
06-19-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 558
Posted By ChrisB

I like to drive in a sporty fashion ... so high...

I like to drive in a sporty fashion ... so high energy or techno music is fun for that.
06-08-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By ChrisB

little research ... 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds in...

little research ... 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds in the sedan and cabriolet,

Sounds good to me.

Thanks
06-08-2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 842
Posted By ChrisB

We Like the C Class Cabriolet

We test drove a 2018 C43 4Matic last weekend.

I was pleasantly surprised on the ride quality.

Was the 2917 year the introduction of this class? And have they always paired the motors with the...
06-08-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By ChrisB

We want a powerful 4Matic Cabriolet

Did the E450 in 2017 come with 4Matic?

The previous E Series did not have 4Matic :-(
06-08-2019, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By ChrisB

Cruise Control Engine Brake

I have found that while driving in heavy traffic at highway speeds ... rather than going from gas to brake all the time - I set the cruise control at the speed of the slower cars, proceed to drive...
06-08-2019, 01:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

While trying ti light up the tires with ESP off...

While trying ti light up the tires with ESP off on my E 550 ... I recall the time when I switched ESP off on the SL 500 and burned a U Turn. Smoke and more smoke from those back tires .. that are...
06-07-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChrisB

It is in Driver Assist menu- toggle to off and...

It is in Driver Assist menu- toggle to off and leave it that way. Stays turned off overnight.

On the way home from work - at a left hand turn ... from a stand still, turning 90 degrees onto a...
06-07-2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

On the weekend we test drove; A 2018 E 400...

On the weekend we test drove;

A 2018 E 400 4Matic which is apparently built on a larger frame (S Class frame?)
&
A 2018 C 43 4Matic which is built (I presume) on a C Class frame.

I was...
06-07-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 35,070
Posted By ChrisB

Congratulations ... I am about 5,000 miles away...

Congratulations ... I am about 5,000 miles away from being eligible for this same badge & certificate with our 1999 SL 500.

I will be applying.

Post pictures of badge and certificate book. I...
06-07-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,099
Posted By ChrisB

1) 3 years ago, we had a “rock spray” on our hood...

1) 3 years ago, we had a “rock spray” on our hood hood - insurance claim on the SL. Faded out over the 1/4 panels and also fixed the clear coat failure on the driver side mirror. A flawless paint...
06-06-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChrisB

ESC Off Setting

I like the cars acceleration and occasionally enjoy a sporty drive.

Every time I start the car - I have to push the button to select S (sport) mode to get the car starting in 1st gear (not 2nd)...
06-06-2019, 01:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,634
Posted By ChrisB

I also own a 2011 E550 4matic. I not I do...

I also own a 2011 E550 4matic.

I not I do not like the Caiper cover poor finish.

I’m not sure if/when I will experience brake problems - at 90,000 Km (55,000 miles) everything is working fine....
06-06-2019, 12:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By ChrisB

Even on my 1999 SL500 there was an intermittent...

Even on my 1999 SL500 there was an intermittent warning on the dash for High Oil ...

I checked the dip stick and tried to convince myself it was OK ...

I called the Mechanic - he said no...
06-04-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,305
Posted By ChrisB

I asked my Indi Mechanic , when replacing the...

I asked my Indi Mechanic , when replacing the transmission fluid;
- did they drain the torque converter ... no they did not
- did they clean the magnet ... yes they did.

Why did MB make the car...
05-30-2019, 02:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By ChrisB

Combination Filter

What is this Combination Filter?

There is also Cabin Filter & Air Filter for the motor in the Maintenance Schedule.
05-29-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,305
Posted By ChrisB

The internet research I did seemed to say that...

The internet research I did seemed to say that the full system drainage was a one time thing to deal with wear in particles.

I would for sure do regular transmission fluid changes - every 3 years...
05-29-2019, 01:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,305
Posted By ChrisB

I just so happened to have the 3rd A service (A3...

I just so happened to have the 3rd A service (A3 called up on the on-board computer) done today and had the transmission fluid replaced today because it has been 9 years since the car went into...
05-26-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

We have driven the entire length of the Pacific...

We have driven the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway from LA up going north .... and the most scenic part you mentioned from north to south.

Driving south is best ... easier to pull off...
05-26-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

Any one have direct driving comparison A207...

Any one have direct driving comparison A207 compared to R129?

A207 being built on a C Class chassis does not bother me ... there’s lots of C Classes out there - so they must be well built.
05-25-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

Are the 4Matics problematic? Or just...

Are the 4Matics problematic?

Or just expensive to fix if they break?

Many Classes offer the 4Matic ... and there are a lot of them on the road in Vancouver. I thought they would be strong and...
05-25-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By ChrisB

Google maps says CT to DC is about a 6 hour...

Google maps says CT to DC is about a 6 hour drive.

Is the CD changer in the trunk working? Take some tunes.

I recall the first summer we had the SL 500 (back in 2003) ... the best feeling was...
05-25-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

We have driven at highway speeds into rain...

We have driven at highway speeds into rain storms. Sustained medium to heavy rain - with the top down.

Especially if the rain cloud seems to be of a limited length.

The aerodynamics of the wind...
05-24-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By ChrisB

Yes make sure that is in place before your road...

Yes make sure that is in place before your road trip ... makes Highway speeds + very pleasant in the car.

Windows up is the best way ... if you are new to TOP down driving.
05-24-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

I am 5’-10” and I would be doing all the road...

I am 5’-10” and I would be doing all the road trip driving.

We drove our SL 500 from Vancouver to Key West one winter.

My Wife drives around town and it snows occasionally in Vancouver - thus...
05-24-2019, 01:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

From the little research I have done - the 2011...

From the little research I have done - the 2011 E550 (or E350) A207 did not offer 4Matic. Right?

Does any E550 cabriolet have 4Matic?
05-23-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 824
Posted By ChrisB

Hard to tell from pictures - but I double checked...

Hard to tell from pictures - but I double checked and it is 6.5”
...
05-23-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,013
Posted By ChrisB

I tend toward opening and closing with the car...

I tend toward opening and closing with the car running ... even when moving very very slowly.

And I have opened and closed with the key in position 2 (motor not running) ... but when I do I have...
05-23-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By ChrisB

Yup ... spring required on both sides. ...

Yup ... spring required on both sides.

Poorly taken pictures attached....
05-23-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By ChrisB

I have no idea about the TOP switch light. I...

I have no idea about the TOP switch light.

I just wanted to say congrats on getting a great car.

Post how you enjoyed the road trip. We have been on many in the R129 and have enjoyed every...
05-19-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By ChrisB

Pitch and roll have never bothered me ......

Pitch and roll have never bothered me ... although I have not had a chance to really put a R230 ABC through its paces..

I have occasionally read references to cowl shake over the 16 years we have...
05-18-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ChrisB

Well an E Class convetible is certainly not a 2...

Well an E Class convetible is certainly not a 2 seater Roadster ... but the E Class convertible does look pretty good. I my opinion. Although must be quite rare - I have never seen one on the road.
...
05-18-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

Top down is definitely a great driving...

Top down is definitely a great driving experience.

And to answer the important question ... a 3rd and 4th passenger very, very, rare for us. Not really a consideration.

We do like the trunk...
05-18-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ChrisB

Should We Get a E Class Convertible?

The E Class we now own will never accommodate top down driving. We really used to love driving the SL500 ... and still do - but not as much.

The E Class has become the go to car for driving around...
05-18-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By ChrisB

Should We Get a E Class Convertible?

The E Class we now own will never accommodate top down driving. We really used to love driving the SL 500 ... and still do - but not as much.

The E Class has become the go to car for driving...
05-18-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By ChrisB

So it is not the power you crave ... since you...

So it is not the power you crave ... since you have resisted the SL550 and bi-turbo motors.

The E Class we have does not have Active Body Control. ABC must make the R230 feel more sporty?
05-17-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By ChrisB

We are not driving the SL as much

Since October when we bought the 2011 E550 ... I drive the E Class daily. I like the power - a lot!

Now my Wife likes the ease of getting in and out of the E Class, likes the Media player, the...
05-15-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By ChrisB

Here is another good write up of what to look...

Here is another good write up of what to look for;

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/04/04/definitive-1990-2002-mercedes-benz-r129-sl-buyers-guide
05-15-2019, 02:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 44,628
Posted By ChrisB

A very good general description & some good...

A very good general description & some good replies;

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/04/04/definitive-1990-2002-mercedes-benz-r129-sl-buyers-guide
05-15-2019, 01:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By ChrisB

On another MB forum (BenzWorld) ... I found...

On another MB forum (BenzWorld) ... I found reference to R139 sun visor covers ... made me do some googling for eBay stuff and found this;
Genuine OEM Sun Visors for Mercedes-Benz SL500
There must...
05-15-2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By ChrisB

The panorama roof has always been an expensive...

The panorama roof has always been an expensive option. We were lucky to get one with the pre-owned car we bought 16 years ago.

the line of the roof is slightly more streamlined / sportier than the...
05-15-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By ChrisB

GLWS[/QUOTE] ... R129's are being considered...

GLWS[/QUOTE] ...
R129's are being considered the next worthy young classic, and now is the time to buy because prices are probably at the lowest point they will go.

As we all know, for about $10K...
05-14-2019, 10:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,279
Posted By ChrisB

Glad to help - I learnt the trick to this common...

Glad to help - I learnt the trick to this common problem on this forum as well.
05-12-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

Drove all the way north while sight seeing and...

Drove all the way north while sight seeing and staying at B&B's. The north end of Nova Scotia is Cape Breton Island, and you need to drive the Cabot trail around the ocean side cliffs.

You will...
05-12-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

Looks like a nice 70 minutes round trip. Lots of...

Looks like a nice 70 minutes round trip. Lots of bends, hills, great scenery, herds of wild animals and chilled air top down drive.

We drive from Vancouver Canada to Key West Florida and back in...
05-11-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Posted By ChrisB

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1500x2000/bbd17a9c_9e87_4178_b86e_19989bc6c272_7d057bd7b261b4230d7015bd3b090d0c4d5847a8.jpeg...
05-04-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By ChrisB

A link to an old thread .., ...

A link to an old thread ..,
https://mbworld.org/forums/sl-class-r129/96577-third-brake-light-out.html
05-01-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By ChrisB

Probably a broken wire in a rubber sheath at the...

Probably a broken wire in a rubber sheath at the hinge of the trunk ... a common place for the wire to snap from fatigue.
04-25-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By ChrisB

Continental ... or Michelin Pilot Sports. ...

Continental ... or Michelin Pilot Sports.

Thats all I know - may not be accurate.
04-19-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By ChrisB

I have only been in this forum since Oct 2018 .....

I have only been in this forum since Oct 2018 .. I see you have owned since new - right?

You could post on the Combo Stats thread I started - you would be high miles & high miles per year.
04-19-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 875
Posted By ChrisB

After (9) E Class owner responded ... note worthy...

After (9) E Class owner responded ... note worthy take away info;

Car model and year - 33% E 550
Owner age - I am oldest at 62.5 ... (2) youngest at 29 years old ... average = 49 yrs
Car owned...
04-19-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By ChrisB

Very good looking car. I’m sure you will enjoy...

Very good looking car. I’m sure you will enjoy for many years and the cost will average out to be not such a big thing.

To get such a fine car for $ 10 K is a steal in the first place.

I had...
04-17-2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 875
Posted By ChrisB

Just in case your wondering, a Nov 2018 statistic...

Just in case your wondering, a Nov 2018 statistic ...

What's the National Average MilesDriven Per Year? According to United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration,...
04-14-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

I have another vivid memory of driving top down...

I have another vivid memory of driving top down in spring to a mountainous area ... having greasy snow accumulate to 3” thick over a couple of hours ... then being in absolute terror trying to...
04-14-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I like comedy too ... but have never had it on...

I like comedy too ... but have never had it on board - except for good Chanel Hosts on live radio.
You record & play back?
04-14-2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 173
Posted By ChrisB

Do you have a Driving Memory?

Having only owned the 2011 E550 4 Matic for about 6 months ... the most vivid memories are when the car launches and the ESP lights twitch off and on & my head is pressed back into the head rest.
04-14-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 679
Posted By ChrisB

Best Memory of Driving your R129?

I had an urban circuit near our condo we lived at 10 years ago - where there were no cross streets and I could sit and wait for traffic ahead to clear.

Then I could mash the gas from stand still...
04-14-2019, 10:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 875
Posted By ChrisB

Wow ... you are driving your car more because it...

Wow ... you are driving your car more because it is fun.

I do the same - saying to my wife ... don’t you want to go shopping (or go to the park) this weekend?
04-14-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By ChrisB

Still get complements?

Our cars are 16 + years old ... who still gets complements from casual observers?

Quite often at gas stations - I will have people saying “you really have taken care of this car” (won’t spend time...
04-14-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

That "feel" of the solidity of the car is...

That "feel" of the solidity of the car is definitely tangible.

The few people that I have allowed to drive the R129 have expressed the sensation shortly after rolling away from a stand still -...
04-14-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

Did not realize that the USB cable was for fobs...

Did not realize that the USB cable was for fobs full of music.
Not going to be getting tired of what is in the (6) CDC changer any more!...
04-14-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

Your favorite ... over the 2013 SL550 -...

Your favorite ... over the 2013 SL550 - interesting.

Why would you say the R129 is better?
04-14-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

Did you ever think you would still be driving the...

Did you ever think you would still be driving the R129 21 years later?
My how time flys when having fun.
04-14-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,151
Posted By ChrisB

We have driven our 1999 SL 500 for over 16 years...

We have driven our 1999 SL 500 for over 16 years now. Still as solid as new.

If the new to us 2011 E550 4Matic is as reliable and strong ... we may never have different cars again.

I am 62 and...
04-13-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 875
Posted By ChrisB

Combo Ownership and Mileage Stats

Since the series is relatively new - there is not Super high mileage yet ... the model is owned by middle aged Drivers ... let’s see who has owned the longest and drives the most each year on...
04-12-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By ChrisB

Combo Stats - Ownership & Miles

Since it it is hard to believe - how long we have owned our car and how much fun we have had ... here goes. This could be fun ... to report;

Car model and year - ours 1999 SL 500
Owner age - me...
04-12-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

Did you apply for your high mileage badge &...

Did you apply for your high mileage badge & certificate?
04-12-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,394
Posted By ChrisB

I wonder if BlueSL and Hotel_California still...

I wonder if BlueSL and Hotel_California still follow the R129 forum.

I was enjoying the forum back in those times.
04-12-2019, 12:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,244
Posted By ChrisB

To be clear - pull the left (-) paddle and within...

To be clear - pull the left (-) paddle and within a second or so the car shifts down to the optimal gear, release and be in that gear ... cruise there, slow down or speed up a bit in that gear, or...
04-11-2019, 12:30 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

Did you find your own R129? At 23 years ... you...

Did you find your own R129? At 23 years ... you are the youngest R139 driver in the current survey.
04-11-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,770
Posted By ChrisB

We bought in Oct 2018 and I am still learning...

We bought in Oct 2018 and I am still learning about the features of the car. My Wife really enjoys the comfort. I really enjoy the performance.

Congratulations ... I think you are going to enjoy...
04-10-2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,244
Posted By ChrisB

So you are trying to reduce the revs at a given...

So you are trying to reduce the revs at a given speed (overdrive as you wrote) - right?

Is the car not designed to do that, for fuel economy? Maybe MB has already optimised that.

A different...
04-10-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,244
Posted By ChrisB

Do you mean your manual down shift by hitting the...

Do you mean your manual down shift by hitting the - (left hand) paddle? That should hold as long as you want till red line ... then automatically will up shift for you.
04-10-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I thought that was just daylight running light...

I thought that was just daylight running light setting ... I saw this AM for the first time ... with set on A and dimmer stall pushed forward - the =A on the cluster and sure enough the High beam /...
04-10-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,244
Posted By ChrisB

Do you use the paddle shifters?

I grew up driving stick shifts. I find the paddle shifters unnatural in feel.

The few times I have used the paddles for extended periods - it is nice to be in a rev band / optimum gear where both...
04-07-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By ChrisB

77,023 Km ( 48,000 miles).

77,023 Km ( 48,000 miles).
04-07-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I may have Auto high beams and not realize it ......

I may have Auto high beams and not realize it ... I have the light washers (have seen the pop up once), I notice the headlights pointing themselves in the direction of cornering ... however I always...
04-07-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I have been enjoying the in-dash 6 CD changer. ...

I have been enjoying the in-dash 6 CD changer.

I guess I had stopped trying to decipher the COMMAND Operators Manual before realizing that the car can store many CDs worth of songs in a onboard...
04-06-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By ChrisB

Bumper to Bumper warranty programs

We bought a 2011 E550 4-Matic in October 2018 and we are really enjoying the car. My Wife now prefers riding in it - rather than the SL 500. Lots of Power! A comfortablr & good-looking car.

If you...
04-06-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

Did you know that when stopped in traffic or at a...

Did you know that when stopped in traffic or at a light - you can tap the brake a couple of times ... HOLD is displayed on the instrument cluster & you are in brake mode till you hit the gas.
Is...
04-06-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I have grown fond of the Keyless Go ... Now I...

I have grown fond of the Keyless Go ...
Now I get annoyed when driving the 1999 SL 500, that I need to fish for Key in pocket.
04-06-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

Auto lights meaning High / Low beam & Brake...

Auto lights meaning High / Low beam & Brake lights able to be left on when car shut off? Or more? Maybe I do not fully understand what Auto lights do - please elaborate.

Home link ... on both our...
04-06-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

I was driving with Cruise Control the other day...

I was driving with Cruise Control the other day .... off and on at higher speeds than Cruise set .... then when taking the foot off the gas - the car went into some % of automatic braking to get back...
04-05-2019, 11:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By ChrisB

What features do you like on your car

It was cool on the way home from work - I switched on the heated steering wheel and thought ... I love this feature.
04-05-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By ChrisB

We should start a separate thread on this topic...

We should start a separate thread on this topic for awareness.
04-04-2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By ChrisB

Old Republic Canada 5 Years, 40,000 Km (25,000...

Old Republic Canada
5 Years, 40,000 Km (25,000 miles) Platinum, Bumper to Bumper
Cost $ 3,500 Cdn ... the dealership had a 20% off promotion at the time .. so $ 4,400 Cdn ( $ 3,300 USD) may be...
04-04-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By ChrisB

Gas Pedal Tuning Device

I had read on this forum recently - that there is an accessory that can be purchased & mounted on the gas pedal that gives performance level selection.

I did not make notes .. and have lost track...
04-03-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

My my how fast the stats change; More...

My my how fast the stats change;

More rapidly on the Low end ... current Low Mileage Statistic = 55 miles on a 1993 SL 600

Current High Mileage Stat = 177,000 miles on a 1999 SL 500

I’m...
04-03-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By ChrisB

We have owned a 2011 E550 4-Magic since October...

We have owned a 2011 E550 4-Magic since October 2018 and we are really enjoying the car. My Wife now prefers riding in it - rather than the SL 500.

Lots of Power! A good looking car.

Look for a...
04-02-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By ChrisB

Maybe some clues in this link ... ...

Maybe some clues in this link ...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1532623-92-500sl-wheel-speed-sensors-differential.html%3Famp%3D1
03-29-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By ChrisB

Sounds like a fun toy ... where is it installed?...

Sounds like a fun toy ... where is it installed? Pics?

Do you get better than stock performance ... or just defeat the bad learning habits of the transmission?
03-29-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By ChrisB

We purchased our 2011 E550 in Oct 2018 ... and...

We purchased our 2011 E550 in Oct 2018 ... and the dealership had a special on the Old Republic warranty.

Our independent mechanic said they are a good company. We got a good discount. So we went...
03-28-2019, 10:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By ChrisB

On the YouTube videos they make the process look...

On the YouTube videos they make the process look so easy & permanent.

I think I will just live with it. Not interested in botching it up.

The other suggestion ...

The leather wheel cover...
03-28-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,639
Posted By ChrisB

As noted you have Smoke Silver (some call it...

As noted you have Smoke Silver (some call it Desert Silver) paint. It looks like the Java interior. A black (or dark brown?) top?

That is the same colour combination as our 1999 SL 500. And yours...
03-26-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By ChrisB

So one E550 to another (NA vs Turbo) they are...

So one E550 to another (NA vs Turbo) they are about the same in acceleration performance ... a beast as some say.

My 2011 certainly has a lot of get up & go. Lots of fun!
03-26-2019, 02:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By ChrisB

So the E550 (E500 in Europe) progressed from; ...

So the E550 (E500 in Europe) progressed from;


5.5 L normally aspirated V8 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_engine), model years 2010 to 2013
4.7 L turbocharged...
03-26-2019, 01:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,254
Posted By ChrisB

So the E550 (E500 in Europe) progressed from; ...

So the E550 (E500 in Europe) progressed from;

5.5 L normally aspirated V8 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_engine), model years 2010 to 2014
4.7 L turbocharged...
03-25-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 371
Posted By ChrisB

R129 Development Video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5Q6xh6OCY

Enjoy
03-24-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By ChrisB

Model Year Motors

Having bought used back in October ... I am not fully versed in the progression of the series.

I know 2014 Model year was a big technology refresh. One of the largest upgrades mid series ever for...
03-24-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By ChrisB

I would have guessed those were R107 ... rims but...

I would have guessed those were R107 ... rims but apparently not
...
03-24-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By ChrisB

A full list of reference info ...

A full list of reference info

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1563124-r129-sl-purchasing-tips-advice-archived.html%3Famp%3D1
03-24-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By ChrisB

I found this reference ... which seems to confirm...

I found this reference ... which seems to confirm

https://r129.co/wheels-tyres/mercedes-alloy-105-1404011002-x4-16-7-5j-et51-w140-r129-sl/

I looked for original rim by year - could not find...
03-23-2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By ChrisB

Video ...

Video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aAMD1dvMIUE
03-23-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By ChrisB

There seems to be DIY kits out there ...

There seems to be DIY kits out there

http://www.r129motoring.com/R129M_Store.php?view=productPage&product=3

When our rear window was vandalized ... we got a new top through our insurance.
...
03-23-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By ChrisB

I am doing some internet research - finding that...

I am doing some internet research - finding that these leathers can be reworked;

1) Deglaze with rubbing alcohol
2) Leather filler
3) Dye application
4) Protectant

Has anyone done this?
...
03-23-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By ChrisB

Leather for Steering Wheel

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504/fd66c752_8597_4adb_b91d_e3de4a5ecf72_85b4961516827962e01ed6b6922ed03b389041d9.jpeg
Small cracks & localized discoloration ......
03-23-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

That 303,000 mile car is a 2009 W211. Impressive...

That 303,000 mile car is a 2009 W211. Impressive but little off topic on this W212 thread.

Looking for mileage stats from W212 owners.

My report of a Piston Heads post is interesting - but off...
03-23-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By ChrisB

Thanks so much for the instructions and diagrams....

Thanks so much for the instructions and diagrams.

I would normally never attempt such a project. I took the seat back cover off one time ... and the inside of the seat looks like it was built by...
03-22-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

The low mileage is probably sown up by the Barn...

The low mileage is probably sown up by the Barn Find car referenced in another post ... 1991 500 SL with 1,280 miles.

What about those high mileage R129s out there?
03-22-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

If I made good notes the higesr mileage reported...

If I made good notes the higesr mileage reported here is 171,133 miles - a few months ago.
03-22-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By ChrisB

Both of our horns stopped working at one stage -...

Both of our horns stopped working at one stage - outmechanic got one going by fiddling with with the wires. The other we abandoned.

It sounds sick when blown ... but at least makes some noise.
...
03-22-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By ChrisB

It is a leak in the left hand driver’s bolster...

It is a leak in the left hand driver’s bolster bladder.

From research I had done on older series - the W211 was much easier getting to from the back of the seat.

I think it would be impossible...
03-22-2019, 01:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By ChrisB

https://www.classicandsportscar.com/features/buyer...

https://www.classicandsportscar.com/features/buyers-guide-mercedes-benz-sl-r129

A good write up
03-22-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By ChrisB

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.benzworld.org/for...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/2149865-1999-r129-horn-location-s.html%3Famp%3D1
03-22-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By ChrisB

Any advice?

Any advice?
03-21-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By ChrisB

After I reset the transmission last weekend (as...

After I reset the transmission last weekend (as prescribed in the link) - my wife drove the car 2 days this week. Both trips about 50 miles round trip, at highway speeds.

Out of no where tonight...
03-19-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By ChrisB

The 1990 Motor Week video review imbedded in that...

The 1990 Motor Week video review imbedded in that article was interesting to see & hear.

The R129 was a big step up from the R107. The reviewer was very excited.

The 500 SL did not have...
03-17-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By ChrisB

Did the procedure today ... but could not test...

Did the procedure today ... but could not test the way I normally would.

I am the type of guy that thinks the car runs better after I wash & polish it ...

Still smooth & strong as ever, on...
03-17-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

There is a DYI Air spring replacement thread on...

There is a DYI Air spring replacement thread on the W212 forum ... one guy did the systematic approach - valves first, then something else, then the air springs. The leak in his case only went away...
03-16-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By ChrisB

There are problems listed by year on web sites...

There are problems listed by year on web sites ... I did a quick search and found this;

https://mercedes-enthusiasts.co.uk/blog/common-problems-r129-sl/

Google Ken Rockwell R129 and you will...
03-16-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By ChrisB

Are you saying this is bad to do? On the...

Are you saying this is bad to do?

On the W212 E Class forum - several members say they do this procedure every month or so.

Seeing improvement in sluggish shifting.

I do not know how...
03-16-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By ChrisB

Dynamic Seat Bolster Leak

The left hand bolster leaks when using the system. It puffs up to say 80% when cornering and immediately deflates.

The right side puffs up and holds for a while before deflating.

I like the...
03-16-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

It has been 2 weeks now and no settlement of...

It has been 2 weeks now and no settlement of springs overnight. No dashboard Wait Vehicle Rising warnings. A real load off my mind.
03-16-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By ChrisB

I just did this procedure last night on the way...

I just did this procedure last night on the way home from work .

The driving I did for 15 minutes was a combination of cruising, stop & go, simulated hard passing, quick off the line.

All the...
03-16-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By ChrisB

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504/39effda6_5991_413c_bbe0_b47a0177216f_cb3233e8ec34525af7fe240669edbb5d5c3645e5.jpeg
It has been 2.5 weeks of spring driving - too...
03-15-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By ChrisB

I know almost nothing about brakes & am not a DIY...

I know almost nothing about brakes & am not a DIY handy guy.

Love the brakes being strong when needed.

I am very interested in comments regarding ceramic pads. Have owned a 1999 SL 500 since...
03-14-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By ChrisB

Better Looking Brakes

I borrowed this picture from another thread.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1284x882/cb2e856b_3b17_4f33_9c55_73c244785728_a507d5e1849d23ad4166496f3839ae953e8fde36.jpeg...
03-14-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By ChrisB

Resetting Transmisdion

I just found this reference in a post;

” Try resetting the ECU. It really works. We have adaptive transmissions so they adapt overtime to your driving style. Check out this link.
...
03-09-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,207
Posted By ChrisB

The first car seems to be a 2010 and the second a...

The first car seems to be a 2010 and the second a 2011 ... based on this description of the running light styling cues;

2010 P1 - Round - two of the lights are fog ... and two are DRL's, halogen...
03-09-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By ChrisB

Resetting the Transmission

I just found this reference in a post;

” Try resetting the ECU. It really works. We have adaptive transmissions so they adapt overtime to your driving style. Check out this link.
...
03-09-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By ChrisB

Mine even look cruddier than this ... I wonder...

Mine even look cruddier than this ... I wonder why they did not give them a better finish. Something that would not rust.
03-05-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By ChrisB

I see the car went for $ 27,500. I wonder...

I see the car went for $ 27,500.

I wonder how much work a 1999 SL 500 with 5,600 miles on it needs - to be ready for the road?
03-05-2019, 12:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

The after market bumper to bumper warranty that...

The after market bumper to bumper warranty that we purchased last year when we bought the car - agreed with my mechanic today, to cover the cost of replacing both of the rear air springs and...
03-04-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 535
Posted By ChrisB

No individual pressure displayed. Last time...

No individual pressure displayed.

Last time I had these warnings the pressures were exactly the same tire to tire & the correct pressure.

It has been cold (for us) in Vancouver - so temperature...
03-03-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 242
Posted By ChrisB

New MB Soft Tops

You all probably know ... I just saw ...

2020 model years for SL and S Class will be soft tops!

Who knew ... that trunk space was so important?

Only 16 years to have them figure that out.
03-03-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 535
Posted By ChrisB

Tire Preesure Waning - Why?

I have had to check my tire pressure once ... and then scrolled through the menus to reset .

Now 3 months later- I am getting the same warnings.

Is this to do about my leaky airmatic suspension...
03-01-2019, 12:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By ChrisB

Could be something simple - ours seems locked...

Could be something simple - ours seems locked some times ... then we wiggle the shifter knob & the steering wheel lock goes away.
02-28-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By ChrisB

Make sure the top works. A complete record...

Make sure the top works.

A complete record of regular maintenance.

Reasonable miles - not sitting around unused for 28 years.

Otherwise a well built car - I have heard the power train on...
02-28-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By ChrisB

Would this type of case have to be fought in each...

Would this type of case have to be fought in each state or country ... or if won in California - would it lead to a world wide recall?

that is a lot of transmissions to fix.
02-27-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

The low mileage is going to be hard to beat ......

The low mileage is going to be hard to beat ... 5,607 miles on a 1999.

See the BAT, no reserve auction going on till March 4th. Posted on this forum.

If the car cost $ 85,000 USD back in 1999...
02-27-2019, 12:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By ChrisB

I read one time that when widows get out of sync...

I read one time that when widows get out of sync ... open both at the same time and continuously hold the open buttons for a couple of seconds after they both hit bottom.

This procedure has...
02-24-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By ChrisB

OBD Scanners

Has anyone purchased a VGate iCar device and paired it via Bluetooth to an iPhone ELM OBD2 reader app?

The app is free ... but it seems like I need the plug in for the OBD port.

I am interested...
02-23-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By ChrisB

After proper bleeding & new fluid ... don't be...

After proper bleeding & new fluid ... don't be afraid to really stop on the brake pedal. Most people don't press hard enough.

Mercedes actually designed a system for this - Brake Assist. I don't...
02-23-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

Here is the 155,000 mile (250,000 Km) badge &...

Here is the 155,000 mile (250,000 Km) badge & certificate ... only 4,500 miles to go!...
02-23-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,068
Posted By ChrisB

I replaced both Fobs the same time ... bought a...

I replaced both Fobs the same time ... bought a two pack of Energizers from Walmart.

One new Energizer seemed to work fine. The second new battery in that pack would not make the message go away....
02-23-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x480/img_1516_19cfdca94e34a6493f26a6bed77ebc18fe58d42e.jpg
Same 34 minutes - just parked...
02-23-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,068
Posted By ChrisB

Replace Key Battery - warning

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x480/img_1512_87bb5ac09f2044b603dd07405ccf09e4cc674abd.jpg

This warning I get every time I start the car.

I just put new a new battery...
02-23-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

In a store for exactly 34 minutes & here the the...

In a store for exactly 34 minutes & here the the right side sagging;
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x480/img_1517_16e7e1370be021087e88e1c341bf8c81df8a6aa9.jpg
Just Parked...
02-23-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 640
Posted By ChrisB

Air Suspension Settling - Normal??

1) Every time (after a couple of hours parked) the gauge message "Vehicle Rising Please Wait" appears for about 20 seconds, until all the springs are pumped up.
2) Ever so often I get a vehicle...
02-22-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,363
Posted By ChrisB

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x297/7368c042_474a_4fbc_bb36_96d9b89a713c_5ada76e2498307d32109775012a24493d7ca0df6.jpeg
The exterior is attractive.
This is not our car ......
02-22-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

Barely broken in ... must look great. Do you...

Barely broken in ... must look great.

Do you get out on road trips?
02-22-2019, 12:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 22,460
Posted By ChrisB

1) Every time (after a couple of hours parked)...

1) Every time (after a couple of hours parked) the gauge message Vehicle Rising Please Wait appears for about 20 seconds till all is pumped up.

... I started a new thread for this.
02-21-2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By ChrisB

I was surprised how many R129 videos are out...

I was surprised how many R129 videos are out there. Some very proud owners.
02-21-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By ChrisB

Another near freezing night and a good...

Another near freezing night and a good acceleration run on the way home.

Has anyone ever noticed how the car reacts differently when the gas pedal is stabbed very quickly? Toe pushed up into the...
02-20-2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By ChrisB

Original sales brochure

1999 SL sales brochure

http://oudemercedesbrochures.nl/R129_USA_1999.html

found on the net.
02-18-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By ChrisB

R129 Videos

I sent the afternoon looking at random R129 videos on YouTube...

It is amazing how much praise there is out there for the R129 series.
02-17-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

I will be applying for the award when I am...

I will be applying for the award when I am eligible.
02-17-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 35,070
Posted By ChrisB

High mileage award / badge - ...

High mileage award / badge -
https://*******/images/z5qg4d

For those of you with over 155k miles; are you aware that MB gives a high-mileage award that includes a grill badge and a certificate...
02-17-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

For those of you with over 155k miles; are you...

For those of you with over 155k miles; are you aware that MB gives a high-mileage award that includes a grill badge and a certificate in a hard folder?

High mileage award / badge - the image is...
02-17-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

On pistonheads.com , I found this reference to a...

On pistonheads.com , I found this reference to a 2011 W 212 with 299,000 miles;

"I had two W211's doing log distance chauffeur work, both did over 300k miles with no major issues.

I had and...
02-17-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

I think there could be at least one 200,000 mile...

I think there could be at least one 200,000 mile + 2011 EClass car out there - judging by another thread that was going for a while “high mileage w212”.
02-17-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 35,464
Posted By ChrisB

I have tried to take notice recently ......

I have tried to take notice recently ... Including ours ... I have seen (10) E Class cars in parking lots or on the road recently;

(3) I did not catch the designation
(3) were E 550
(4) were E...
02-17-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By ChrisB

Brembo Brakes

In the few instances where I have had to slam on the binders in an emergency situation ... I was impressed how well the brakes stop this heavy car.

I read somewhere recently (likely in an old car...
02-16-2019, 08:34 PM
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Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

High mileage so far = a 2010 with 101,000 miles...

High mileage so far = a 2010 with 101,000 miles (say 13 K per year)

Low mileage so far = a 2010 with 42,000 miles (say 5 K per year).

At this rate the hugest I could predict - for a 2009 model...
02-16-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,935
Posted By ChrisB

You have probably figured it out by now; Cam...

You have probably figured it out by now;

Cam Shaft Sensor.

A common issue. Wears out over time.

A worn out sensor figures there is something wrong & will not allow the car to fire.

I had...
02-16-2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Posted By ChrisB

Moderator

Why is the E Class 212 forum referred to as 2010-present?

There is a new forum for the 213 model.
02-16-2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By ChrisB

With corrections - it seems; 2010 P1 - Round...

With corrections - it seems;

2010 P1 - Round - two of the lights are fog ... and two are DRL's, halogen headlights
2010 P2 - Hockey stick LED DRL's, HID headlights and LED turnsignals

2011 P1...
02-16-2019, 02:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

Current low stat = 80,000 miles ... Current...

Current low stat = 80,000 miles ...
Current high stat = 151,560 miles ...

Could be interesting to see if there is a garage R129 out there ... or a daily driver R129 that expands that range.

I...
02-16-2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,853
Posted By ChrisB

What is your mileage?

I have heard that the E Class is used as taxi cabs in Europe. That must bring on a lot of miles and reasons for design / build decisions.

My 2011 E 550 is relatively low mileage at 52,900 miles to...
02-16-2019, 01:52 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 54,404
Posted By ChrisB

So far we have a high mileage at 151,560 miles. ...

So far we have a high mileage at 151,560 miles.

... and we have 80,000 as the low mileage.

I hope that everyone declares their mileage for statistical purposes.

It will be interesting to...
02-14-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By ChrisB

How many miles on your R129?

Our 1999 SL 500 has been on quite a few wonderful road trips ... we currently have 151,560 miles on the odometer.
How about you?
02-14-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

The R129s are a great value at current day prices...

The R129s are a great value at current day prices - “one of the best designed cars ever” someone posted once.
I like to see that the young people recognize the beauty & reliability the car was...
02-10-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 66,002
Posted By ChrisB

Since some one pointed out "In the center armrest...

Since some one pointed out "In the center armrest storage compartment, one of the flaps has a "PEN HOLDER"." ... I just put my tire pressure gauge there. Thanks for the tip.
02-09-2019, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By ChrisB

Styling Ques

I like to know the difference in the models by styling ques.

I do not know why in pictures ... some early W212 models have oval lights, some hockey stick & some straight cross.

Is this of some...
02-09-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By ChrisB

As the the thermodynamic equation predicts - if...

As the the thermodynamic equation predicts - if in actuality there is a 10% increase in power (considering 90 F air vs 40 F air) ... does that relate directly to 0 to 60 acceleration?

If 5 second...
02-07-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By ChrisB

Cool Air = Faster than normal Car

It is cold in Vancouver today.
- 1 degree Celsius ... 30 degrees F. Just below freezing.

On the way home after a long day of work, on a deserted country road - i decided to do a standing start on...
02-03-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 31,414
Posted By ChrisB

Das Good!

Das Good!
02-03-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 31,414
Posted By ChrisB

That sounds awesome!

That sounds awesome!
02-03-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 422
Views: 231,846
Posted By ChrisB

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x480/image_9f85eb47489e714c0aaeff8322f28dd7883061f5.png

Recent family photo. In the fall - so the panoramic roof is on.
02-03-2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 24,303
Posted By ChrisB

Just noticed your reply to an old thread I...

Just noticed your reply to an old thread I started.

I am curious if you are still driving a R129 after 4.5 years?

We still have our 1999 SL 500 & have been on many wonderful road trips.We were...
02-02-2019, 09:47 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 35,464
Posted By ChrisB

[/QUOTE]The E550 is aimed more at someone who...

[/QUOTE]The E550 is aimed more at someone who views a car as a way to have some fun and actually enjoys driving. Someone who wants the practical functionality of a DD car, but doesn't want the annual...
01-19-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,455
Posted By ChrisB

Same for me I had driven 50 miles one morning -...

Same for me I had driven 50 miles one morning - stopped to get a coffee and it would not turn over, did not respond to a jump either.

Very little or no warning.

Was towed to the MB shop & they...
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