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Jun
24
comment Mercedes start/stop system doesn't always kick in
They make the manuals in English, depending on your dealer/mech they may give you one; my mom asked and got one (a $200 book) by asking, and that was a 7 year old model at the time. I'd check my manual but the 2006 E class doesn't have this feature
Jun
13
comment How can I put down stuck rear sunshade on a 2006 Mercedes E class?
@BobCross that's where it's supposed to be according to the manual but I didn't see anything that could be opened, unless it needs prying. Manual says where the boxes are but not how to open them... I'll double check in better light though. I'll be talking with a mech soon (though he's an audio guy) and have him peek at the fuses if he gets to it first.
Jun
4
comment Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?
@RoryAlsop Hm, really? So my 6 year old bulbs should last quite a while still for example?
Jun
4
comment How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?
You don't need much room for a wire...
Jun
4
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
@Alex huh, I'll have to investigate, in all the Benz forums I've never heard of someone successfully reprogramming a key
Jun
4
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
@Alex really? Which key was it? Are you sure it was used? They shouldn't be able to be erased
Jun
4
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
Getting the "emergency key" right really is important so make sure it fits before you leave the dealer; I've got a $170 key fob sitting in a drawer because they got the wrong part and I'm waiting for them to ship the right one.
Jun
4
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
Oh....no one else makes the keys except Mercedes' manufacturers. I'm not familiar with any one else offering keys smart keys (or emergency keys for that matter)
Jun
4
comment Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?
The one thing I never did turn up was an official Mercedes resource on this, though I've confirmed this with a Mercedes authorized dealer.
Jun
4
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
Related (I think...) mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/3681/…
Jun
4
comment Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?
Spent a couple hours scouring info about these keys so I thought I'd share in a more succinct manner
Jun
3
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
Lots of info about how the smart keys work (and why they can't be reprogrammed after pairing to a car) here: benzworld.org/forums/w210-e-class/…
Jun
3
comment How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?
The keys use the same unlocking mechanism but the new styles of keys are different (and much nicer). If you buy a new key you'll get the new style. Mercedes keys don't need any hardware to be accociated, you just plug it into your car. However I've heard you're SOL if it's a used key, as they can only be programmed once.
Jun
2
comment New headlight lenses?
Do they actually sell the lenses separately or would the whole fixture need replacing? Looks like the whole fixture for my car is easily $150 per light (mercedes not subaru).
May
22
comment Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?
These are factory installed so I'm sure they're installed properly, just concerned about the longevity. The car's six years old but I'm not sure if the lights have been replaced.
May
18
comment Alfa 156 pollen filter leak
Please post the actual solution (text describing how to do it) as an answer to your question (and optionally accept if it works) so others know that it's how you do it
May
18
comment Sound system volume fades in/out erratically
Actually I know the analog speedometer's right, I'll double check that the digital speedo reads the same thing
May
18
comment Sound system volume fades in/out erratically
@mikes speedometer's working right, haven't checked the cruise since last week but it was working fine (don't use it in my daily commute). I'll double check for settings related to that though, I thought it might be some feature like that (louder when there's more engine noise...not that it has much engine noise)
May
18
comment Sound system volume fades in/out erratically
Is this sort of question on topic? It's not about the engine which the FAQ stresses but I saw lots of other questions about alarms/ect. Is there a better tag than electrical for this sort of problem?