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Forum: Tech Help 11-08-2007, 01:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By hanfrac
I think it's over-simplistic to say "well, you're...

I think it's over-simplistic to say "well, you're smart to have a depreciated classic car, so of course you should repair it rather than allow yourself to own something that depreciates." At 210k...
Forum: Performance Paddock 09-10-2005, 12:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,728
Posted By hanfrac
I am unfortunately not a DIYer. If I need to...

I am unfortunately not a DIYer. If I need to replace either the upper or upper and lower wiring harnesses through a good independent repair shop, what kind of coin am I looking at?

Also, if a new...
Forum: Performance Paddock 09-08-2005, 07:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,318
Posted By hanfrac
I may be looking to sell my 500E cheap as well. ...

I may be looking to sell my 500E cheap as well.

It's over 160k miles (bought it at 130-something k). Body is probably a 6/10 and interior is 7/10. It has had some trouble holding a charge. My...
Forum: Performance Paddock 09-05-2005, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,728
Posted By hanfrac
500E won't hold charge - wiring harness?

I've had on-going problems with getting my 92 500E to hold a charge. Last year, we replaced a control unit (I don't know which one - it was a $500 part) and it was better for a while. Recently, it...
Forum: Tech Help 07-22-2005, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By hanfrac
i guess that's the challenge - to find a used one...

i guess that's the challenge - to find a used one somewhere. my mechanic thinks this item is unique to the 92 500e. i thought maybe it would be the same in a 500SL, which had the same engine. i'm...
Forum: Tech Help 07-22-2005, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By hanfrac
Is this the end of my 500E?

I have a 92 500E that cannot hold a charge. My mechanic has determined that the control box for the ignition system is not powering down and is drawing 1.5-1.6 amps. Mercedes is estimating a...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 04-05-2005, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,416
Posted By hanfrac
I (almost) successfully had a local Sound Advice...

I (almost) successfully had a local Sound Advice put in a Pioneer DEH-P660 head unit in to replace my aging and failing Becker.

They ran new wire from the head unit to my 4 Rainbow shelf-mounted...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 03-06-2005, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,726
Posted By hanfrac
replaced the Becker 1432 - antenna won't work.

I have a 1992 500E with the Becker 1432 and Silverstone changer. I pulled the changer after learning that it was draining my battery dead. I finally replaced the 1432 with a Pioneer DEH-P660 that I...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 02-01-2005, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,726
Posted By hanfrac
Wow- that's awesome. I traded email with...

Wow- that's awesome.

I traded email with Crutchfield and they say they cannot establish fit on a 500E and therefore cannot provide the accessories, wiring harness, instructions, etc. They are...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 01-30-2005, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,726
Posted By hanfrac
Was it easy to use the factory wiring with the...

Was it easy to use the factory wiring with the Nak or Alpine or Blau? Did you (or your installer) need a harness to use the factory speakers?
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 01-25-2005, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,002
Posted By hanfrac
Harness

Does anyone know where to get the wiring harness that allows non-Becker headunits to work with the existing wiring?

It sounds like if one wants to replace their stock Becker (I have a 1432 that...
Forum: Car Audio and Multimedia 09-23-2004, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,151
Posted By hanfrac
Becker 1432 woes

My mechanic diagnosed a 0.5 amp draw coming from the factory CD changer (some Silverstone variety) in my 1992 500e. I had him disconnect the changer.

Now when I turn on my 1432 head unit, it...
Forum: Tech Help 08-28-2004, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By hanfrac
Any thoughts on whether these units regularly...

Any thoughts on whether these units regularly fail? The car is 12 years old with 155k, so some failures are no doubt to be expected.
Forum: Tech Help 08-27-2004, 11:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By hanfrac
500E can't hold charge

If anyone could help, I would greatly appreciate it.

My 1992 500E cannot hold a charge beyond about a day or two. Also, since this started becoming a problem, I've also experienced some very...
Forum: Tech Help 02-08-2004, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 507
Posted By hanfrac
500E - Need to replace turn signal

As I was driving from Tampa to Orlando, I hit a big piece of fiberglass insulation that a truck had dropped. It knocked out the passenger turn signal cover and bulb.

I'm sure this is an easy fix....
Forum: Performance Paddock 01-31-2004, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,519
Posted By hanfrac
I have 154k on mine. I bought it a little over 2...

I have 154k on mine. I bought it a little over 2 years ago with 137k on it. It was purchased from a MB dealer who had done a lot of the service work on it, but it didn't have complete service...
Forum: Performance Paddock 12-18-2003, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By hanfrac
500E - declining gas mileage

I have a 92 500E. I drive about 70% on highways (avg 80mph) and 30% around town in terms of miles. Recently, I'm finding that I'm getting around 13-14 mpg, which seems lower than I used to get. I...
Forum: Tech Help 09-17-2003, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Posted By hanfrac
500e - trunk light stays on

I've been dealing with electrical draws that have left me with a dead battery stranded several times in the past month. After replacing a faulty power antenna, my problem seemed solved.

However, I...
Forum: Performance Paddock 09-17-2003, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By hanfrac
Trunk light stays on

I've been dealing with electrical draws that have left me with a dead battery stranded several times in the past month. After replacing a faulty power antenna, my problem seemed solved.

However,...
Forum: Featured Cars 09-11-2003, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,039
Posted By hanfrac
I bought a '92 500E at the end of 2001 with 139k...

I bought a '92 500E at the end of 2001 with 139k on the clock from a respected dealer in LA. The car passed a PPI done by a well-respected mechanic recommended by members of this board. Cosmetics...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-24-2003, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,055
Posted By hanfrac
I have 150k on mine. I assume these are...

I have 150k on mine. I assume these are original. So it may simply be time.

What kind of costs am I looking at to do this? Should I do both rears or just the one that's clunking? Of course,...
Forum: Performance Paddock 07-20-2003, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,055
Posted By hanfrac
500E - diagnosing bad shock

I have a hollow-sounding clunk coming from the rear right when I drive over potholes, etc. It is not speed-dependent. In looking at the archives, it sounds like it's a bad shock. I recently did...
Forum: Performance Paddock 06-19-2003, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By hanfrac
500E - 2 dead batteries in 4 weeks

In the past 4 weeks, I've twice left my car parked for more than 2 days without starting it. Both times, the battery has died. The first time, I replaced the battery, as jumping it and driving it...
Forum: Performance Paddock 06-01-2003, 10:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By hanfrac
500e - how hot is too hot

I just relocated my 92 500e to the Tampa area from Las Vegas - so it's one hot climate to another. My car regularly ran in the high 90's in temp at freeway speeds (air conditioner on low). I had my...
Forum: Tech Help 02-16-2003, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By hanfrac
Yup - I found it and disconnected the two cables....

Yup - I found it and disconnected the two cables. Now, I have to find a good aftermarket keyless/alarm solution and someone local who can do the installation. I'm in Las Vegas.
Forum: Tech Help 02-16-2003, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By hanfrac
Disabling alarm - 1992 500e

My alarm system is misbehaving. When I unlock the car and attempt to start the car, the alarm engages. However, the car does start. So I turn the ignition off, get out, lock and unlock the doors...
Forum: Performance Paddock 02-06-2003, 07:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,722
Posted By hanfrac
I had no discernable symptoms. However, with...

I had no discernable symptoms. However, with 147k on the clock and no records of this being done, I had them go in to measure the stretch. Just to have the measurement cost about $300 in labor. ...
Forum: Performance Paddock 02-06-2003, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,722
Posted By hanfrac
I did the lower rails at my shop's...

I did the lower rails at my shop's recommendation, even though the general consensus here is that they are not prone to fail. Had I not done the lower rails, I think the job would have been $300-500...
Forum: Performance Paddock 02-06-2003, 12:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,722
Posted By hanfrac
Labor to inspect chain and replace chain,...

Labor to inspect chain and replace chain, tensioner, upper and lower rails - $1950

Parts - another $600 or so

So I paid about $2600 in Las Vegas (I believe my shop's hourly rate is $72)
Forum: Performance Paddock 01-27-2003, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By hanfrac
Any suggestions on how best to remove the plastic...

Any suggestions on how best to remove the plastic casing? I've tried prying up from where the casing meets the rear deck carpeting, but this didn't appear to work.
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