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Old 01-14-2006, 04:09 PM
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['00 W202] LCD temp & trip displays and Non-Kompressor Engine ...

Hi friends -

Am really enjoying my "new" C230K - been doing great thus far. Have noticed one small problem from time to time though. When it's cold out and I first begin driving, I sometimes notice that the LCD readout on the temperature and the trip odometer are garbled with little bits of the LCD not reading through. The clock, transmission gear indictor and odometer all read fine. Eventually when things warm up, the garbled bits eventually begin showing again, and it displays normally. Has anyone else had this problem?

Was also doing some reading on a Mercedes engine web page, as well as on this forum. I've read several posts on rebuilding the turbocharger ("kompressor") or installing one should one be wanted. I've seen HUGE $$$ on the V-8's in excess of $10k for a turbo installation, but no real figures on the C230. Is this what I can expect to pay should I ever need to worry about rebuilding/rebuilding the kompressor on the C230? If not, what's a realistic figure?

Another thought I had - if it's mega $$$, would it be cheaper to buy a non-turbocharged M111 (the 111.974) and stick that in? Is it even possible to do that?

I have an extended warranty to 100k, so I really don't care, but inquiring minds want to know.

Happy driving,
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:29 PM
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The Kompressor, if it were to go out, would probably be available on an exchange basis, they sell you a rebuilt one and get your old one to then rebuild and sell to someone else. Would be worth checking on a price sometime if you really want to, but with proper oil change intervals, would really be strange to have one fail, really a pretty simple thing to build and not as prone to failure as a turbo-supercharger, much slower speeds involved and a Kompressor, once the engine it shut off it's not going to sit there and spin for a few minutes like a turbo will do. I don't think it would be feasable to swap in a naturally aspirated M111 engine, and a broken Kompressor unit wouldn't really make me automatically think "new engine time" anyways. The M111 is a good engine, will last a looong time if taken care of.
On the digital display, I've seen a few like this, usually has to be down below zero. If it really bothers you, I think the only real fix would be a new cluster, if you have an MB warranty (Starmark) it may be covered. You know who to ask.....
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Old 01-15-2006, 10:18 AM
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Have a look at this site IF you ever need a rebuilt supercharger:
http://www.canadiansupercharger.com/mercedes_supercharger.html

P.S. It is fairly normal for LCD read-outs to go whacky in subzero temperatures.
They are LIQUID crystal displays.
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Old 01-15-2006, 10:40 AM
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Well ... $400 - $450 sounds MUCH better than $10k++ I figured as much with the LCD - it works eventually, and if anything, at least I have an estimate.

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