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  1. st13phil

    Servicing and ServiceCare FAQ

    Thanks, Tim. I've messaged Karl, so hopefully it will be made a "sticky" 👍
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    Servicing and ServiceCare FAQ

    Disclaimer The authors of this FAQ are not affiliated with Mercedes-Benz in any way. The information in this FAQ is provided in good faith and based on knowledge the authors have acquired through their personal research and experience. The accuracy of the information provided cannot be...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    What everyone needs to remember is that for decades everyone involved in inventory control has had it drilled into them that stock is a bad thing. The mantra was always that what was needed was a responsive supply chain that can supply what you want, when you want it. Anyone who invested in...
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    Looking for support / advice E63 Differential?

    Hopefully that's the end of your issues, but do keep a close eye on oil consumption. The 5.5 Biturbo engine (admittedly most times on mapped engines) can bend con-rods and there's informed speculation that misfires under high load may be a contributory factor. Increased oil consumption can be...
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    New car detail advice please

    Main dealer prep on a new car is variable, but in all honesty rarely catastrophic. As @Toobad says, MB SupaGard is a waste of everyone's time, except the salesman who gets commission on it ;) I can vouch for Ed's work at Divine Detail. He did a great job on an ex-dem E63 I bought (full paint...
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    Sad news

    Sincere condolences to you and your family, Janet. May Terry be at peace.
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    What 'purpose' does your big AMG Saloon serve?

    Excellent advice from Harry. M5’s are undoubtedly extremely competent, but an E63 will have you laughing out loud like an idiot...
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    What 'purpose' does your big AMG Saloon serve?

    I swapped from an E350CDI to an 18-month old pre-facelift Biturbo E63 which I used as a daily driver (48-mile round trip on fast A- and B-roads), for going to the shops and for longer trips. It was an absolute hoot to drive, with an ability to switch between luxury wafter and mad hooligan with a...
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    Tough Old Things those G-Wagons

    Someone sent me the video clip on WhatsApp, and a Google search turned this up: https://www.dailysun.co.za/SunWheels/watch-a-g-wagon-cops-and-crazy-stunt-20200731 (scroll down the article for the clip). As the first line of the article says, is it real, a movie stunt, or video game?
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    I completely agree: some automation technology is well thought out and and well deployed - the sophisticated "climate control" HVAC systems in many cars is a great example. The issues come when technology is used inappropriately, and I (and it appears many others) view the delegation of control...
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    I will say that the natural language address lookup in the MBUX system in my W177 works remarkably well. "Navigate to 123 West Wallaby Street, Anytown" does work reliably, at least as long as the "Global Search" internet address lookup feature is enabled (it is by default as a no-cost Mercedes...
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    I admit, it's speculation based on the evidence of how unsuitable some of it is. If they did take input from automotive ergonomic "experts", I further speculate that it was either ignored, or they weren't that "expert" ;)
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    I swap between driving Angie's SLK55 which has the limiter and cruise control on the classic stalk, and my W177 A-Class that has the stupid steering wheel set up. The former is far, far, easier to use and putting it on the steering wheel is a real retrograde step. Another annoyance is that on...
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    Just think back to the older SAAB's that even extinguished the illumination of non-critical instruments at night to minimise distractions - as so often is the case with technology, we seem to have lost the knowledge we previously had. Let's be honest about this. The "user interface" in the...
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    Touch Screen Controls are a Danger

    I’ve long argued that the trend started by Tesla of moving control functions from tactile buttons, levers and switches to a touch screen that requires the driver to look at it to operate the control is dangerous, and it would seem that the German courts agree...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Your view and mine on that topic largely coincide, however I would make the point that hospital admissions is a lagging indicator and it would be a brave scientist or government minister that left themselves open to charges by our rabid media of "acting too late and causing untold numbers of...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    While at the top of the homepage on the BBC News site today they can't resist giving prominence to the latest wisdom through hindsight pronouncements from the committee of MP's chaired by the famously non-partisan Yvette Cooper, entitled "Coronavirus: UK made serious mistake over border policy...
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    Formula 1 2020 (Will Contain Race Day Spoilers)

    Like you, I don’t know what additional info the telemetry was giving them, so whatever I think would be a pure guess.
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    Formula 1 2020 (Will Contain Race Day Spoilers)

    AIUI, MV was reporting increased vibration from the left front, hence Horner's post race comments (my post after yours).
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    Formula 1 2020 (Will Contain Race Day Spoilers)

    In fairness, Christian Horner in a post-race interview also disagreed that MV would have been guaranteed to win if he'd stayed out, saying that they were very uncomfortable about the condition of his left front tyre which they were nervous could have let go, and if it had done so in one of the...
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