How To Purchase A Used Mercedes-Benz…Continued

W124 E-Class 300E 260E E320 E420 (1986-1995) Buyer’s Guide

The W124 has been lauded by many Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts as one of the best models ever produced by the firm. They believe the car was engineered in a manner that produced a very high quality vehicle with minimal issues. It was designed to provide the driver with a solid driving feel, with many owners describing a bank vault like feeling when closing the doors or driving the vehicle. Having such a stout reputation may make you feel like the 300E is the perfect used car to purchase. Again, with any used car, it is important to ensure that the vehicle you’re looking to purchase won’t be a headache for you down the line, no matter the reputation it has.

  1. As with the 190E below it in the model line, Mercedes used a very sophisticated paint procedure to paint its vehicles. The W124 had a skillfully applied paint job to the body and a sophisticated paint protection process that it underwent. Even though it had a great paint finish and good rust perforation protection, 20+ years of driving in inclement weather can certainly wear down a vehicle’s body work. For this reason, check the following areas on a prospective car that you’re thinking of purchasing: the front edges of the fenders, the rocker sill area, the rear fender edges, the area around the front and rear windshields, and the trunk and trunk floor. Also important is to check the suspension mounting areas on the subframes front and rear for potential rust issues.
  2. The waterpump on the W124 will need to be proactively replaced to prevent any damage to engine. If the waterpump fails, it will generally raise the engine temperature, which can cause severe damage to engine and engine components. It is strongly recommended to change the waterpump every 80K miles.
  3. Oil Leaks. The W124 in general had a robust drive train, but there are issues to look out for. For instance, oilleakage from the timing cover seal is very common along with the top timing chain cover. It would be important to look at the vehicle’s oil usage and consumption. It would also be wise to ask the owner if the vehicle is using any oil. The M103 timing cover seal is a common failure part that can be tricky to reinstall. It can give repairers a hard when they attempt to torque it down correctly, as it’s very long.
  4. The W124 was available with a manual or automatic transmission. The manual transmission, while not the crispest shifting unit, was very well made and handled the power of the engines easily. There are limited issues with the manual transmission, other than a clutch or flywheel wearing down from use. The automatic transmission, a 4 Speed unit, was also generally well suited to the character of the car and can last a very long time. To check the operation of the automatic transmission, it is advised to put the vehicle in reverse and see how long it takes to engage the gear. Longer than a 5 second delay can indicate worn mechanicals, which may mean a rebuild or replacement of the unit may be necessary in the future.
  5. Wood trim. Mercedes-Benz used lots of wood in the 1980s and 1990s. Their dash designs were very clean and elegant and had a vast horizontal center wood piece and dash trim piece around the shifter. These wood trims are prone to cracking, warping and losing their luster over time. While very normal with any material that suffers from extended sun exposure and temperature extremes, second-hand pieces in good condition can be hard to find. Complete replacement wood trim pieces are available for purchase, but often are too expensive to justify the cost.
  6. Heating/Air Conditioning. It’s important to ensure that your prospective purchase has a well functioning HVAC system. Many of the flaps used to dictate air direction were powered by a vacuum system, with many hoses that can deteriorate over time. Additionally, you will want to ensure the fan speed goes up and down correctly, as well making sure the AC is working. Getting into the dash to replace or repair items can be very costly (such as the evaporator). Additionally, it’s not fun driving without heat or A/C! It is a Mercedes, after all!

Interior Pictures of Mercedes E-Class Coupe – C213

This is a image gallery of the E-Class Coupe Edition 1. Enjoy!

Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe Concept Spy Shots!

Check out these spy images of the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe Concept!

After being announced in Geneva, we have gained access to spy shots of the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe. These images show that the production vehicle will most likely lose the concept car’s huge chrome wheels and Panamericana style grille. The vehicle should come with a win-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that along with a electric motor, enables the total output of 805 horsepower. It should be capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. It’s badged EQ Power+, which is Mercedes’ performance hybrid system.

Please let us know what you think!

Installation of a dual din car stereo in a Mercedes-Benz W163 with Fiber Optic Amplifier

Installation of a dual din car stereo in a Mercedes-Benz W163 with Fiber Optic Amplifier

This installation guide pertains to model years 2002-2005 and specific to models equipped with a fiber optic Bose sound system.  The W163 MCS is very close in size to aftermarket dual-din radios, and this guide will highlight how to replace the MSC radio with an aftermarket head unit.

The head unit utilized for installation in this DIY is the Blaupunkt San Antonio 640.  The reason for choosing this head unit is two-fold.  The wiring harness of the Blaupunkt matches the factory harness used in the W163 and the size of the unit is perfectly matched to the factory radio opening.

Utilizing an aftermarket dual-radio will make the cd-changer, sub woofer, and factory amp to not function any longer.

Step 1. Remove MCS unit from radio opening.  This is done by utilizing the radio removal tools.  You can buy these tools from the dealer, or you can purchase a set made by Metra (part 86-9001).

There are two slots at the bottom of the MCS head unit.  Insert the tools in those slots and pull the MCS radio out.

Step 2. Remove the connectors from the MCS unit.  The model we were working on had the factory navigation and cd-changer.  The Image below shows the connects A, B, C, fiber optic connector, antenna, and GPS aerial connector.

Step 3. Remove driver’s side lower kick panel.  Remove two phillips head screws, and two plastic screws by the foot-well to remove the lower kick panel.

Step 4. Locate factory BOSE amplifier.  The factory BOSE amplifier is located high up on firewall above the brake pedal.  It is held in place by one 10mm screw.  Remove this screw.  The amp is now free.  Remove the wiring connector from the amp.  This is done by pushing in on the two tabs of the factory wiring connector and lift up.  Remove the Bose amplifier completely.

Step 5.  Wire speaker output from dual-din radio harness to factory radio harness.  Pull out the speaker wires from the Blaupunkt wiring harness.  The colors wire you need to remove are: White (LF), Gray (RF), Green (LF), and Purple (RR).

The factory radio harness is numbered.  Here are the pin numbers you need:

Front Left Speaker

 

Front Right Speaker Rear Left Speaker Rear Right Speaker Rear Tweeters
Pin 13 – Blue (-)

 

Pin 14 – Green (-) Pin 15 – Orange (-) Pin 17 – Orange (-) Pin 16 – Dark Yellow (-)
Pin 21 – Green (+)

 

Pin 22 – Blue (+) Pin 23 – Red (+) Pin 25 – Red (+) Pin 24 – Yellow (+)

 

You have two options for installing the wires from the Dual-Din radio harness to the factory radio harness.  You can connect the wires with attached spades that was removed from the Blaupunkt harness and plug them directly into the factory radio harness.  You will have to use electric tape to make sure that none of the contacts touch each other.

The other option is to cut the factory radio harness and solder and heat shrink the wires together.  No matter how you choose to do it, make sure you have tight connections.

 

Step 6. Alter the factory radio opening to accept dual-din cage.  The factory radio opening has two pegs that center the MCS headunit.  These pegs need to be cut down to a smaller size.  Cut about 3/4 of the peg off.  Do not cut them off completely, as this will allow the MCS headunit to be reinstalled correctly, if necessary.

 

Step 7.  Install the dual-din radio cage.  Connect the wiring harness into the dual-din radio.  You may need a antenna adaptor to correctly install the antenna connector (Metra 40-VW12).

If your stereo is equipped with a bluetooth microphone or GPS atenna locate your desired area for installation.  Make sure to confirm operation of GPS and bluetooth before final assembly.
Step 8. Slide radio into the opening.  Install trim ring.  Verify correct operation of sound from speakers.

 

Step 9.  Re-install lower driver’s side kick panel.

 

Step 10.  Enjoy sound from your new dual-din stereo in your fiber optic w163.

How To Purchase A Used Mercedes-Benz

How to purchase a used Mercedes-Benz

Should I buy this used car? Purchasing a used vehicle can be challenging at times. Many questions cross your thought process and influence your decision. What’s a good price? Is the vehicle in good condition? Has it been in an accident? Does it have a clean title? These are all legitimate questions and should certainly be considered when attempting to purchase a used vehicle. General questions aside, what are some challenges and concerns a prospective purchaser must consider when deciding to buy a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz? Read on to find out!

We will start this buying guide by breaking down the models by chassis designation and listing the common problems associated with each model. This will be a several post long blog entry broken down by chassis code. It’s important to thoroughly check any pre-owned vehicle before purchasing it, but this will give you an in-depth guide by chassis.

W201 190E / 190D (1985-1993)

The W201 or 190E was Mercedes-Benz’s entry level model at a time where they had an almost endless supply of R&D funding and told their engineers to literally make the best car they could. By most estimates, the development of the 190E cost Mercedes over 1 billion dollars. Due to this ethos, the 190E has proven itself to be a reliable vehicle, with stout engineering that endows the owner with great driving enjoyment. However, with any used car, especially ones as old as the W201 chassis, there are certain criteria that a prospective purchaser must be aware of.

  1. During the era of the 190E, Mercedes used a very sophisticated paint procedure to paint its vehicles. The W201 chassis greatly benefited from it. Even though it had a great paint finish and good rust perforation protection, 20+ years of driving in inclement weather can certainly wear down a vehicle’s body work. For this reason, check the following areas on a prospective car that you’re thinking of purchasing: the front edges of the fenders, the rocker sill area, the rear fender edges, the area around the front and rear windshields, and the trunk and trunk floor. Also important is to check the suspension mounting areas on the subframes front and rear for potential rust issues.
  2. The waterpump on the W201 will need to be proactively replaced to prevent any damage to engine. If the waterpump fails, it will generally raise the engine temperature, which can cause severe damage to engine and engine components. It is strongly recommended to change the waterpump every 80K miles.
  3. The engines are generally very robust and require general maintenance to function wonderfully for a long time. An issue found on the 2.6L straight six engine is the prevalence of head gasket failures around 100K miles. Not all W201 will have this failure, but it’s a good precaution to check and avoid headaches down the line. Look under the oil cap for a milky color and consistency in the oil. Does the vehicle produce a thick cloud of white smoke when applying the accelerator in neutral? This will indicate that the vehicle is burning a mixture of coolant and oil, which is not good. Also, pay attention to the smell from the exhaust, is it sweet smelling? That will also indicate a coolant burning condition, strongly suggesting a potential head gasket failure. Is the oil level higher than the maximum level? This is a sign that coolant/water is in the oil, raising the level of oil from the normal range to overfilled.
  4. The W201 was available with a manual or automatic transmission. The manual transmission, while not the crispest shifting unit, was very well made and handled the power of the engines easily. There are limited issues with the manual transmission, other than a clutch or flywheel wearing down from use. The automatic transmission, a 4 Speed unit, was also generally well suited to the character of the car and can last a very long time. To check the operation of the automatic transmission, it is advised to put the vehicle in reverse and see how long it takes to engage the gear. Longer than a 5 second delay can indicate worn mechanicals, which may mean a rebuild or replacement of the unit may be necessary in the future.
  5. Wood trim. Mercedes-Benz used lots of wood in the 1980s and 1990s. Their dash designs were very clean and elegant and had a vast horizontal center wood piece and dash trim piece around the shifter. These wood trims are prone to cracking, warping and losing their luster over time. While very normal with any material that suffers from extended sun exposure and temperature extremes, second-hand pieces in good condition can be hard to find. Complete replacement wood trim pieces are available for purchase, but often are too expensive to justify the cost.
  6. Heating/Air Conditioning. It’s important to ensure that your prospective purchase has a well functioning HVAC system. Many of the flaps used to dictate air direction were powered by a vacuum system, with many hoses that can deteriorate over time. This would cause the flow of air to not flow to different locations in the cabin. Additionally, you will want to ensure that the A/C components are in good working condition, to ensure your comfort while driving. Make sure that the A/C compressor isn’t making excessive noise and keeps the cabin at a comfortable temperature over time.

We hope that these tips help you distinguish the difference between a vehicle you should buy and one you should consider skipping.

 

 

Meet the Mercedes CLS Successor! The CLE (Spy Shots)

Mercedes is testing the CLS successor in Norrland, Sweden

The CLE was spotted in Sweden doing cold weather testing. Spy shots at this gas station reveal that the car will have a similar coupe profile while still retaining the 4 door layout. The grille has been revised to be like similar AMG models that have just been released. It features one bar with the Mercedes center star located in the middle. The car also features the now famous and seriously luxurious W222 S-Class style interior. The interior shot of the CLE shows a green ambient LED light chosen, one of 64 colors available.

Tell us what you guys think of this new model that will be released shortly!

 

805 Horsepower: Introducing the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept!

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Introducing the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, a Hybrid Gasoline sedan powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 and electric motor that combined make an impressive 805 horsepower. All this in a beautiful 4 door luxury sedan that is capable of using all that power to hit 60 Miles Per Hour in under 3 seconds. Fulling utilizing all of Mercedes’ technological advancements, this all-wheel-drive hyper sedan will be the first to introduce you to EQ Power+, which is the hybrid system used in the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept and further Hybrid Mercedes models.

“With the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, we are giving a preview of our third completely independently developed sports car and are extending the attractive AMG GT family to include a four-door variant,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Very Interesting! This will be a production model! It will likely look very similar to the concept, with some subtle tweaks for production.

How To: Install LED License Plate Bulbs In Your Mercedes

LED LICENSE PLATE BULB INSTALLATION ON MERCEDES W163

  1. Open the tail gate so you have access to the license plate lens. There are two Phillips type screws holding each license plate lens in place.

 

Remove These Two Philips Screws

 

  1. Unscrew the two screws to remove the license plate lens. There are tabs on each side of the lens for leverage when pulling it out. The incandescent bulb will put out with the lens.

Light When Removed From Vehicle

 

 

 

  1. Install LED license plate light bulb. Once bulb is installed, make sure to turn on the lights to ensure operation.  If they are not lighting up, you must flip the bulb over to correct the polarity.

 

Step 4. Reinstall the license plate lens.

 

Step 5. Installation is complete.