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  1. David404

    Need advice about buying a MB

    If your mileage is low I'd go for a petrol over diesel to avoid potential issues with the more complex diesel emissions systems on modern diesels. The 7GTronic gearbox is not generally regarded as unreliable but it does need regular servicing every 60,000Km or 37,000 miles. From 2008 mercedes...
  2. David404

    2012 ML 350

    Use the blade key that's hidden in the top of the key to access the car. I'd not even bother trying, connect a good quality battery charger like a Ctec and charge to 100%. I had my old E320 (W166 - 2009) sat unused for 90 days - didn't even try it, just charged the battery to 100% on my Ctec...
  3. David404

    E55 AMG flat battery

    On my old E320 (W211) I attached the fly leads that come with a Ctec charger directly to the battery in the boot. \connecting then is just a plug in job rather than crocodile clips, a much neater and elegant solution. Never had any problems with interfering with the cars electronics. FWIW I...
  4. David404

    E350 Coupé 2010 red battery light

    I had the red battery light come on on my old E320 (W211 series so no stop/start) but otherwise same engine. Local Indie diagnosed as alternator failure (££ Ouch) which I had replaced. If that is the problem after replacing the alternator I'd recommend charging both batteries to 100% with a...
  5. David404

    GLE350d (W166 - 2016my) - Internet connection/Internet radio

    Vehicle as above, query on internet connection and internet radio, sorry it's a long post. I've tried two phones: * Google Pixel 3 - Android 10 - April 2020 security update * iPhone 5 iOS - 10.3.4 - this being the most recent for the iPhone 5 * Also connected the car to the home internet...
  6. David404

    Lock Down Detailing - Anyone? :)

    Lock down and improving weather, been doing a bit every day and still more to do. Car looking better by the day.:)
  7. David404

    Cheap microfibre cloths.

    Costco. About £15 for pack of 36.
  8. David404

    Best tyre dressing?

    Megs Endurance. Wear gloves Apply with small nail brush.
  9. David404

    Wheel cleaner

    Looking for recommendations for wheel cleaners, the inner wheel well on my GLE are BLACK looks like previous owner never cleaned them. Gave good scrubb with shampoo & nylon brush, shifted perhaps 60 % of the crap. Thinking it's going to need product but something that's not going to strip any...
  10. David404

    Late service

    Stand to be corrected but I thought service interval on those was 15,500 miles or 12 months. The Auto box service is also critical on those and often skipped as its a costly job but 40,000 miles is only just over (3,717 miles) against the official 60,000km (36,283 miles). So that's in its favour.
  11. David404

    You can tell you're a car guy when...

    I'm getting wife to embroider MB logo on the back of my soft shell jacket...
  12. David404

    Service history

    As others have said 8100 miles is exceedingly low. The thing that would worry me would be missed service and oil having exceeded its drain interval, clearly NOT the case here. On the assumption that you are happy with the cars condition, have found no defects and it drives as it should I think...
  13. David404

    E10 to be the new standard petrol?

    Given its budget day... My last tank of diesel cost 119.7p. A little 4th grade maths reveals an effective tax rate of 286%. The diesel itself having a pre tax cost of 41.8p. So NO I don't think more tax can be justified.
  14. David404

    270cdi or 320cdi - advice sought please

    Look on www.fuelley.com for real tank to tank economy results from real drivers.
  15. David404

    Android Auto on a C Class Coupe 2017

    Same but different... I have a GLE350d 2016 vintage, it's got Apple CarPlay but NO Android Auto, obviously I've got an Android phone! So in an effort to get a feel for what advantages upgrading would bring I borrowed an iPhone 5c - iOS 10.3.3 which is the most recent OS for that phone. Got...
  16. David404

    GLE350d (W166 - 2016) Apple CarPlay

    Ted Thanks for feedback and confirmation on that. Don't think I'm missing anything then by having Android phone as my main phone.
  17. David404

    Clay bar or not

    Vote for clay mitt, easy to use and yes you can feel the panel getting smoother. An expert with clay bar may get better results but as beginner a mitt will work well.
  18. David404

    Battery voltage query

    Ideally bring to 100% full charge with good charger such as a Ctec allow to rest overnight and then check voltage.
  19. David404

    Start stop not working on b class

    I use an indipendent MB specialist for all my service/repair work. On occasions I've had faults I've taken it in, they connect to Star machine tell me what fault is Andi book it in for repair, I don't pick up specific charge for diagnosis. It'd no doubt built into repair cost somewhere but they...
  20. David404

    GLE350d (W166 - 2016) Apple CarPlay

    Am playing with iPhone 5c (iOS 10.3.3), it connects and works fine but when connected and active none of the other infotainment systems/functions are accessable ie I can't play a podcast from the iPhone & run cars satnav. My question : Is this normal, do more recent versions of the iPhone/iOS...
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