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Old 04-10-2002, 01:48 PM
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I put an Optima red top in my '96 E320 (W210) a couple months ago. The main problem is that the cable positions are reversed from the stock battery, and the optima can only be installed one way due to its height - don't even try to install it with the terminals toward the front of the car because they will make contact with the (metal!) body - but if you follow the ground cable to where it attaches to the car body and loosen or remove it, THEN connect the cable to the battery and lastly connect the cable back to the body it works fine. The cables are barely long enough, though. A better mechanic would make a new ground cable but I got by with the old one. The stock clamping system holds the Optima down fine.

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