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Old 08-03-2001, 12:57 AM
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Decoding Vehicle Data Plates

I would like to get my data plate option codes explained. Mostly, I need to find the data code for the transmission on my 5 speed 300E to settle the issue. While searching the Internet, I was able to locate the page http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/5350/mbcodes.htm which seems to decode quite a few of the options. Of course, I can't confirm the page's validity. Perhaps others can.

Another page, http://www.mbcoupes.com/datacard/datacard.htm has more codes. This has far fewer codes and is mainly for coupes.

Any help would be appreciated. (Thank-you Longston for suggesting a call to MB in a post some time back, I'll do that.)
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Old 08-03-2001, 07:03 AM
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vrsmith,

Did you see my response to this in the 5 Speed roll call thread? I THOUGHT that the data plate code for the 5 Speed is 430. According to the list, 428 should be the 5 Speed code. I am at the office, but will try to remember to check mine tonight to see if there is a 428 on the data plate.

That was a great job of research finding the code lists.

Have a great day,

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Old 08-03-2001, 12:10 PM
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I have already sent Larry a private message hoping to identify the code I'm looking for. Specifically, the code for the 5-speed which is indicated as 428. My plate does not list 428 so I am still looking. At this point, I have yet to decode numbers 446, 491 and 506. As well, there are a few numbers on the left side of the plate which are nearly undecipherable. I do see 124030, which happens to be my chassis number. Under that is 275, the leather color code. The paint code is on the bottom left. While my 560 has 473-Champagne my 300E has 806 and 873 which I cannot translate.
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Old 08-03-2001, 01:48 PM
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Hi Vaughn,
Here's a site with many MB codes:
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/5350/mbcodes.htm

806 says "change of modelyear last figure shows new modelyear"; I'm not sure exactly how to interpret that.

873 appears to be for heated front seats; it doesn't list the W124 with that code, however, since I know you have heated front seats, it must apply.

(just noticed that you've already been to the 'code' site)
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Old 08-03-2001, 09:02 PM
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vrsmith,

Sorry, but there was no 428 on the data plate. Keep researching and maybe we can work through it by process of elimination.

Would it help if I wrote down ALL the codes on the plate for you?

Also, do you have the maintenance record booklet that came with the car? In the back is a detailed section regarding equipment and subcomponent serial numbers.

Have a nice weekend,
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Old 08-05-2001, 08:04 PM
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Larry,
I do not have the maintenance manual for my car. If it weren't for the previous owner, (Glen), keeping a web page, I wouldn't know anything at all about the past service history.
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:40 PM
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I found an interesting site in Australia that includes more on data codes: http://www.mbspares.com.au/datacardsexplained.html
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:28 AM
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vrsmith,

To make sure you got my message, I found two of the three codes you asked about on my data plate. The 506 was NOT on the plate.

Good luck,
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Old 09-04-2002, 02:32 AM
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I know this thread is pretty old but i was figuring out th eoptions on my car (1989 300e and 1987 300e) and I believe 446 is codes 441 and 442 (443 refers to 440 and 441) so i think 446 is 441 (elec. adj. sterring column) and 442 (airbag in sterring wheel) which i think was pretty much standard in every w124 sedan.
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Old 09-04-2002, 05:17 AM
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Most of the codes on the plate correspond with the codes on the vehicle data card. The Amcon site explains all these codes.

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Old 09-04-2002, 02:10 PM
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I have checked many sites (all that have been posted on this site) and 446 is not on any of them which is why I came to the conclusion that 446 was a combo of 441 and 442.
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Old 09-04-2002, 09:45 PM
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A thought. Have you considered the direct approach? Write to Mercedes Canada or Mercedes USA, wherever the car was delevered to its first owner, and ask for a copy of the sticker (MSRP, etc) that was attached to the car when it was delivered, including all the standard equipment and extras. Transmission will be listed in simple termsm i.e. 4-speed, 5 speed. At least you will learn what price the car fetched.
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