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  1. Davo

    Check Your Merc History

    Don't be too hasty to give it up as a bad job - when I tried the site, nothing seemed to have happened and there was some bad English about a slow server. Luckily I didn't click away in disgust as I was busy with something else. Then suddenly, after a minute or so - 'shazzan!' - there was my...
  2. Davo

    Parking Fine - HELP and advice please. Im amazed!!

    A quick anecdote break - Many years ago, car locks aren't what they are now, and if you had a Ford key, with patience and a bit of jiggling you could get into any other Ford, even if you couldn't get the steering lock off. (Worn BL locks you could open with a lolly stick). I came back to my...
  3. Davo

    Check Your Merc History

    Really good info on the printout, thankyou. I got a build card withe the car, but it just had all the codes, whereas this printout interprets them as options.
  4. Davo

    CL 500 W215 Question I can't answer

    Yes but then there's the metal swarf that goes round the ABC system and screws everything else up, then it all has to be reset on a RODEO as I understand, I was told by a specialist about £3.7K in all, I'm sure there'll be threads on here about it. Lovely car though, it wafted about silently...
  5. Davo

    CL 500 W215 Question I can't answer

    I had one, I didn't care much about the ordinary running costs, as I work from home and could use the wife's car as well, but I lived in fear of the ABC light coming on and practically writing the car off. The soft close air pump lunched itself in icy weather, causing the car to stay awake at...
  6. Davo

    British F1 Grand Prix - Silverstone

    I've been a few times to the F1 and the MotoGP. Ive watched almost everywhere over the years, my favourite, and where I'm booked for this year, is the grandstand at Beckett's. You have a fast wiggle, followed by a very important fast left onto the Hangar Straight, a big TV, and then a second...
  7. Davo

    I know Mercedes parts can be dear, but...

    @ Meldrew 2, will the MB dealer, or at least the lad who served me have my CC number along with my Pin number - I was given both slips for the Voided transaction at the time? If so I may go out to an ATM to change it before he tries to buy a C63 or something.
  8. Davo

    I know Mercedes parts can be dear, but...

    :mad::doh::wallbash: Thanks Meldrew, I edited it out, rather than change my PIN.
  9. Davo

    I know Mercedes parts can be dear, but...

    This has already been mentioned on a 'replace your thermostat' thread but I thought I'd share it here... On Saturday I went to my local dealer for a fuel pipe for my W203 C270, and was given the little card reader to put my Visa card in the slot and key my PIN number in. I have the slip in...
  10. Davo

    W203 C180 Engine Temperature problems

    Just done this job on my 2002 C270, using a genuine thermostat and MB coolant (only need about 2L of mix to replace what came out) following the instructions here, thank you. The car now runs at between 80 and 90 degreees, before it took an age to get to 60 and never higher. I did need to buy an...
  11. Davo

    Blue smoke...

    Mine too, I also get a whiff of diesel smoke smell when she starts, though this may be normal. Starting is straight away, though even in this cold weather, so I'm minded to ignore the light for now and 'let it develop' as they say.
  12. Davo

    W203 Air con gas leak

    Yes, worth a try I thought, just because MB think there is a leak doesn't make it so. If there had just been a gradual loss over the years I'm not convinced that would stop them charging megabucks to strip the system anyway. Of course when the sealant goes everywhere behind the dash and all...
  13. Davo

    W203 Air con gas leak

    In the same boat here, I learned a lesson on Saturday - I bought a W203 when it was 0 degrees outside and convinced myself that the aircon was just fine when an icy blast came from the vents! Now looking through the service history I find a quote from MB at the last service offering to strip...
  14. Davo

    A small rant about Admiral

    A young man at Admiral's call centre warned me when I changed my car that I would get an insane renewal quote, but to beat it on the net and then ring in with the best quote. The renewal quote was £650, the best quote Kwikfit could get was an insane £1400+, but LV via the meerkats was £400. I...
  15. Davo

    7G - a hard kick, then it all went limp!

    If so I'll feel guilty, because I was being a bit too rough on the throttle after miles of 50mph frustration. See, it's their fault! Maybe if I stop driving it like I stole it and treat the box as 'slightly suspect', it may not be a problem. It's when it does it again that it becomes one.
  16. Davo

    7G - a hard kick, then it all went limp!

    Hmm, 6 years old and 93K :(
  17. Davo

    7G - a hard kick, then it all went limp!

    Driving through a far too long 50 limit on the M62 with average speed cameras today (no work going on of course) I always use the speed limiter, its amazing how many pass you at an exact 50mph. At LAST it finished, so I pushed the stalk to turn off the limiter and booted it.... Maybe a bit too...
  18. Davo

    CLS500 vs 320cdi

    I just traded a V8 for a V6Cdi, and although I enjoyed owning the V8 for its beauty I'm glad I did it. The CL500 depreciated like falling off a cliff (index linked to the price of petrol), and silly things started to go wrong that cost a fortune to fix. Now I have a car I can afford to go...
  19. Davo

    C320 Cdi cold starts

    Thanks, I'll have to have a close look at the fuel lines.
  20. Davo

    C320 Cdi cold starts

    2006 c320Cdi, runs fine, no issues, but it seems reluctant to start from cold. I wait for the heater plug light to go out, then crank away until it starts to pick up, then more waiting for all 6 cylinders to chime in. It hasn't let me down yet, but either I'm doing something wrong (no...
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