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  1. Stratman

    Current drain W203

    My '04 (pre facelift) W203 C200 CDI has a battery drain of around 1.7A. I pulled the COMAND fuse and it dropped to 700mA, meaning something(s) else is pulling around an Amp. I don't have memory seats, neither are they heated so it's not that. With the battery disconnected and my trusty...
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    Ain't no cure for stupid

    Learner driver arrested twice on same day in same car A learner driver was arrested twice on the same day, in the same car - for the same offence. The driver, who had a provisional licence, was arrested in a Mercedes near St Austell in Cornwall for driving without supervision on Wednesday. His...
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    Mercedes EQS EV wins prestigious award puts EQS in first place on Worst in Show Awards, a selection of the "the least private, least secure, least repairable, and least sustainable gadgets at CES." (Consumer Electronics Show) Kyle Wiens, co-founder of iFixit, gave the new Mercedes EQS EV the award for the worst product in...
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    Aston Martin sues Swiss dealer over Valkyrie deposits

    As a rule, ausländer suing Swiss companies in Switzerland don't do so well. I wonder if Sir Bastien will get one as a company car😁 Link to BBC article with piccy
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    Drug dealers caught after undertaking police car on hard shoulder

    Story and police onboard video You can't legislate for stupid. What car were they driving? When the passenger jumps out it shows a 'semi gullwing' door (40s in)
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    Dumb question?

    Is there a way to rev the engine from under the bonnet on my '04 W203 C200 cdi? As far as I can tell from peering under the bonnet around the A pillar while pressing the accelerator with my left foot, nothing moves under there. It would be nice to be able to rev it when checking things.
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    iCarsoft CRPro link error

    I did an oil change on my W203 today and after resetting the service nags* went for broke and asked my iCarsoft CRPro (with freshly updated software) to scan the various modules. Apart from the ECU and TCU it came up with a Link Error, please check you've actually got the modules (with both auto...
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    Police officers sacked after recording themselves speeding

    You know how we question the intelligence of loons who post videos of themselves speeding? Two police officers have been sacked for doing just that. During a road safety campaign. Two police officers have been sacked after filming themselves breaking the speed limit at 89mph in a seized...
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    They live among us

    Yet another twunt videos himself speeding and is jailed for twenty five months. A man who live streamed himself on Facebook while driving dangerously has been jailed. Justin Dean Jones, of Panteg, filmed himself several times driving at excessive speeds and racing other cars in Llanelli...
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    Drivers to be banned from picking up mobile phones

    No more photos or games while driving more...
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    "Hitler's Supercars"

    Channel 4 tonight (Sunday 26th July), a documentary looking at the rivalry between Mercedes Benz and the Nazi-funded Auto Union racing cars of the 1930s.
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    Things you've always wanted to know

    Might as well start with a motoring conundrum. When did bushes become bushings?
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    MOTs back in August

    Mandatory MOTs to be reintroduced from August 1st That's cleared things up then....
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    Volkswagen loses German landmark civil case

    Germany's highest civil court must pay compensation to a motorist who had bought one of its diesel minivans fitted with emissions-cheating software. The ruling sets a benchmark for about 60,000 other cases in Germany. The plaintiff, Herbert Gilbert, will be partially reimbursed for his...
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    Heads Up: The Deadliest Crash - Le Mans 1955

    This is being shown again on Yesterday at 0710 on Saturday 2nd May. That's tomorrow morning ;) If you haven't see it then I'd say it's a must for anyone who likes cars, racing or just motoring in general. Make the effort, record it and watch a superb piece of television. It's no spoiler to...
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    Arizona's 'Stupid Motorist Law'

    From QI on Twitter:- Quite Interesting @qikipedia Motorists in Arizona who drive around flood barriers and then become trapped can be charged for their rescue under the Stupid Motorist Law. Right he says, what would you include in a UK Stupid Motorist Law? Proper stupid things that actually...
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    Tiling MDF

    I throw myself at the feet of the great fount of knowledge to be found in these forums. Kitchen table, probably MDF top, waffer theen mock grain worn through in patches. I want to keep the table (right size, it fits, doesn't wobble etc.) and fancy a tiled top. The question: what would be the...
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    Daimler to cut 10,000 jobs

    Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide
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    Watchfinder TV advert cars

    OK, I give in. What are the cars featured in Watchfinder's TV advertisements? Each time I think I recognise one, an image search casts lots of doubt. Apart from the 911 ragtop, which no doubt I'll be corrected on too ;)
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    Mobile Aircon

    MAC Mobile Air Conditioning Had the condenser on my W203 replaced today by Mac. First class job, and a personal yardstick of mine, he called back when he said he would. He kept me informed by text on the progress of parts which needed to be ordered and he turned up on time. Thoroughly...
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