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Old 11-23-2005, 12:07 AM
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1990 300SE - power failure.

Last few weeks, I noticed that the interior lights took a few seconds to illuminate after I opened my driver's door.

Delay of about 4 seconds.

Didn't think anything of this- figured it was the cold weather moving into town.

Tonight I get in the car, notice the delay before the interior lights turn on- ignore it as it hasn't yet caused a problem.

I turn the key and all power goes out. No start, nothing.

I went out and checked things a few hours later: lights come on after I open the door- same 4 second delay- turn the key towards start position and all electric goes dead.

Any ideas?

Car has started every time for me the last 8 years.


leaving town tomorrow to visit family for thanksgiving- flying so no car needed.

Car drove great the day before.

Strange. Weather related? Temps have dropped here in NC lately.


'90 300SE 298k
-300K and it gets put into retirement.
'80 300D 255k Purchased new by family in 1980.

Had a:
1973 220 (gas)
1980 300SD
1992 400E
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Old 11-23-2005, 12:15 AM
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