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Old 11-27-2012, 09:13 PM
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I've got my W210 on the road. It's awesome driving diesel again. I've missed it. I got a couple questions,

The Climate Control unit, is this thing supposed to illuminate? It's a pain in the arse to see at night

Panel lights, Are they dimmable? or am I a dimwit and not seeing how?

also, Can you open the trunk from the inside of the car without using the remote?

This car is new to me... only put 145 miles on it since I got it....almost a year ago...

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:28 PM
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The CCU display is illuminated and the dash lights are dimmable. See the little + and - buttons on the side of the gauge cluster?

This car also has a photo cell in the dash that automatically dims the dash lights. You can see it work if you shine a flashlight on it while in the dark.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:32 PM
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Trunk release is on center console back toward the arm rest.

You drive it less than I do...
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Trunk release is on center console back toward the arm rest.

You drive it less than I do...
that the switch thing that blinks/lights red when its open? Mine I think might be broken then

to be fair, I was told it had a transmisison issue, which turned out to be a non issue.... so... I wasnt driving it for no reason... silly but thats how that worked out.
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The CCU display is illuminated and the dash lights are dimmable. See the little + and - buttons on the side of the gauge cluster?

This car also has a photo cell in the dash that automatically dims the dash lights. You can see it work if you shine a flashlight on it while in the dark.
diddnt know thats what those were for, there's a ton of odd features I'm getting used to. the mirrors go down when backing up etc. automatic dimming rear view all sorts of odds n ends that I'm not used to lol
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If you swap the "active" mirror switch, the passenger side mirror won't dip down when going into reverse.

You pull up on the trunk button on the console to pop the trunk.
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Get thee an owners manual. It's all covered in there plus a few more "features" that you ought to know about.
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Get thee an owners manual. It's all covered in there plus a few more "features" that you ought to know about.
I happen to have one.....
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Few things of note, My CCU does NOT illuminate. Irked about that. also, my truck release button is broken.... not so shocking. and I'll pick up a manual when I have some spare cash.... I wanted to replace the power button on mine but they are proud of that little piece of plastic, 40 bucks...
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Trunk button being broken is fine with me.... But, the non Illumination of the CCU is beginning to annoy me. what should I look for? every other thing lights up as it should.
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Trunk button being broken is fine with me.... But, the non Illumination of the CCU is beginning to annoy me. what should I look for? every other thing lights up as it should.
It has lil bulbs. Use "radio" keys to remove the faceplate.
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ah nuts... I was hoping to avoid that lol. I'll see what I can do
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It's easy to remove. I just use a paring knife.
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I've got my W210 on the road. It's awesome driving diesel again. I've missed it. I got a couple questions,

The Climate Control unit, is this thing supposed to illuminate? It's a pain in the arse to see at night
Yes. It's not the brightest.....(center console dash section)......

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Panel lights, Are they dimmable? or am I a dimwit and not seeing how?
I've never noticed whether they dim/brighten when using the main instrument panel switch.

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also, Can you open the trunk from the inside of the car without using the remote?
Yes - the switch is located at the 7 o'clock position of your flat console panel next to your driver's seating surface.



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If you swap the "active" mirror switch, the passenger side mirror won't dip down when going into reverse.
Use this when backing - it can save running into things located close to your starboard side.

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You pull up on the trunk button on the console to pop the trunk.
Yes, but you need to hold the switch in the 'up' position for a moment to activate the release.

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I happen to have one.....
Mine came with one too.

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Get thee an owners manual. It's all covered in there plus a few more "features" that you ought to know about.
I did not read my owners manual cover to cover, so I'm sure I am missing some info about the car.

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Few things of note, My CCU does NOT illuminate. Irked about that. also, my truck release button is broken.... not so shocking. and I'll pick up a manual when I have some spare cash.... I wanted to replace the power button on mine but they are proud of that little piece of plastic, 40 bucks...
Replacement parts are pricey when available through the dealerships. Consider buying a parts car or two if you plan to run the car a looong time - provided you can store the extra cars.

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Trunk button being broken is fine with me.... But, the non Illumination of the CCU is beginning to annoy me. what should I look for? every other thing lights up as it should.
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It's easy to remove. I just use a paring knife.
The MB dealer car techs carry a pick, or what looks like a plastic short slender and brittle plastic tool to open many of the car's parts made of plastic/vinyl/rubber.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:43 AM
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Got a couple of other questions....

Where is the fuse panel on this thing? I've done a cursory look around but diddnt see an obvious one. might be one in the dash by the door but not explored that one yet.

Where can I find injectors? Mine are noisier then I Think they should be and with almost 300K on them I'd like to swap them out with newer ones

my rear windows dont work, I assume this is a fuse problem, what type of fuses does this car use? blade or bullet like the 124's?

Also, can you replace just one switch or do you have to replace what looks like a circuit board around the shifter mechanism?

Does the radio auto-adjust with the ambient volume in the car? if not then I need to send this out to becker to have it serviced....

also noted one feature I diddnt know about, turn and hold the key and the window and sunroof opens... turn it the other way and it closes. interesting.

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