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    Automatic transmission or manual in a sporty Merc?

    If you check how it works you'll discover the system actually powers up the brakes hydraulics when it detects you lift you foot suddenly off the throttle so that by the time you hit the brake pedal it's already at full power, the more modern cars with radar and other sensors also incorporate...
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    Automatic transmission or manual in a sporty Merc?

    Some people two foot their autos i've heard it before, loading up the torque converter on the brakes used to be our version of launch control! Personally i wouldn't bother in any Merc these days, they started fitting the brake assist as standard in the mid 90s and it already pumps up the system...
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    Automatic transmission or manual in a sporty Merc?

    Even the AMG e class cars are not really "sporty" IMO, to big and lardy to feel sporty, if your divers seat weighs more than you do your car is never going to be sporty! ;)
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    Automatic transmission or manual in a sporty Merc?

    Mercedes buyers have preferred autos for years, possibly originally because the manual gearboxes weren't great, the kind of people who want a manual Mercedes usually buy a BMW. In my youth I converted a few "auto only" cars to manual and it makes a massive difference to the feel of the car...
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    Replace Comand

    Not a lack of power, it's a lack of quality, but if you are thinking of second hand speakers you'll be fine with just a new headunit. :)
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    Replace Comand

    Pull it out and see if it has a fibre optic cable in the back?
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    Fuel Range - Remaining Miles - W212 E-Class

    Mine has 2 gallons in it when the light comes on, that's about 35 miles usually. :wallbash: My range to empty display stays working though. Hah! I knew I had a picture somewhere, we'd been on the motorway for ages so was getting good fuel consumption and had a photo taken to commemorate the...
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    Replace Comand

    I have an Android unit in mine too, its a good unit, does what it says on the tin and is a lot better than the old out of date comand unit my car had BUT while it sounds good enough for most people (including me) the amps and tuners are not the best quality. I've had some very good gear in my...
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    Dashcam on Android 8

    I bought mine because it had more memory and a faster CPU, there often isn't much difference between Andriod versions on the surface, besides, i'm not 100% sure I trust the manufacturers to be honest about version numbers anyway, could just be a flashier front end for all i know! Mine works well...
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    Dashcam on Android 8

    I have an Andriod 8 headunit in my car, I found the dash cam options were either so basic or so much trouble to use I just went back to a separate one, I think the hardware is good but the software is rubbish, low demand means not much choice and what choice there is seems barely functional.
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    DAB radio?

    They don't usually swap between FM and DAB while searching, most half decent radios have been able to search for the same station on a stronger frequency since RDS was introduced back in the 90's (?), there is often an "AF" on/off select somewhere but the FM/DAB circuits are not usually...
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    Discs and pads on E350 estate.

    I dunno how old this article is, possibly also adds another wear point. ADAPTIVE BRAKE: Brakes with added value | marsMediaSite
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    Choppy MP3 music playback

    I have an android head unit in my car with an internet connection, not audiophile or anything like it but it does do pretty much everything a normal computer does as well as having am/fm and DAB+ so you get a good choice of ways to go music wise
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    Choppy MP3 music playback

    Unless both Bluetooth devices specifically state otherwise the wireless link will be compressing the signal if you try to put full sized lossless music files through it.
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    buying a 211 e500

    If you wanted an LPG conversion for a better car 2 grand is a good deal, pull the kit out and part the the rest out for spares and you might even make enough profit to pay a fitter to put the kit into another car, LPG kits not always fitted because of a tight budget (not with the amount they...
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    Discs and pads on E350 estate.

    Old style asbestos pads used to last a lot longer than the newer metallic ones and of course the longer the pad life is designed to be the harder the pads will be on the discs, I suspect that it's also easier for manufacturers to calculate stresses and wear patterns these days so they probably...
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    Cheap, Reliable Family Car Wanted.

    I would avoid any older auto given the choice, in my experience of being skint and buying cheap cars for many, many years I've had FAR more problems with autos than i ever have with a manual box, I remember reading somewhere that the failure rate within a year of rebuilt auto boxes was something...
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    Choppy MP3 music playback

    192kbs/s is about the best it's worth having in a car, most people can't hear the difference in a car due to all the other cabin noise and manufacturer fitted ICE often can't reproduce the full range of sound you'd need for accurate playback of lossless music anyway so don't feel like you are...
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    SL55 AMG V8 Kompressor

    Rarity or original price are no indication of value or collect-ability with cars, it's desirability and supply that drives prices. There were well under 300 of mine brought into the country (I believe total world production of saloons and estates was around 3000) and they cost over £70k but you...
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    E Class AMG's 0-100kph videos

    I want a 55k engine to drop into something more unusual, I know everyone is different but personally Its my favourite engine ever for road car use.
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