one other tid bit on this. the battery is suspect. its only a year and a half old but when the car wont start (aka I know to hook up trickle charger) lately the trickle charger when hooked up to the dead battery will read 100% charged almost immediatly. I remember half a year ago that a dead battery would read 25% or 50% dead. so the battery is suspect. its a duralast, I just hate to trow money away without having a true diagnostic test to find the problem, shotgun approach to electrical system could get expensive. Last question, if a ground wire or strap were bad, wouldn't I see a current draw with the car off? Thanks for the help.
1985 190e 2.3