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Old 08-13-2001, 04:21 PM
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Inverse Entropy

My '88 300e had a weird condition wherby the electrical system would pulse at a strange frequency, affecting lights, etc. I was slowly replacing bits and peices, fuses, checking wires, reading up on diy alternator removal, etc.

My son asked me to go fast on the highway, so i got it up to 200 kmh and sustained it until my fear of speeding ticket overtook my need for speed (im sure theres a formula there).

Interestingly, the "pulsing" condition has disappeared shortly after this speed thrill. Act of God? A car that fixes itself? Improves with use? I remember a French mathematician named Ilys Prigogene (and others) who speculated on how complex systems can "reverse" entropy, that they could 'auto-organize'. grow to higher level of complexity, etc...
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Old 08-13-2001, 07:00 PM
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There have been reports of Mercedes cars repairing themselves overnight.

My 280 has also fixed herself overnight. Had a steady (2 drips per minute at idle) leak from the tensioner. One night the leak stopped, never to return - at least for the past year now.
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Old 08-13-2001, 07:26 PM
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Mine has repaired itself several times. The latest was a key that would not open the drivers door no matter what I tried. Then last week boom, the key works fine. We used to say FM, maybe we should call it MM.
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Old 08-14-2001, 12:53 PM
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I have some problems on my 300E that act like "wounds"...they mysteriously heal themselves over a period of time, instead of suddenly disappearing.

But occasionally, the wound may "re-open"...
2009 ML350 (106K) - Family vehicle
2001 CLK430 Cabriolet (80K) - Wife's car
2005 BMW 645CI (138K) - My daily driver
2016 Mustang (32K) - Daughter's car
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Old 08-14-2001, 01:13 PM
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Mercedes-Benz, amongst all brands of vehicles, have the peculiar tendency of developing annoying malfunctions that, suddenly, fix themselves after a while. Or better yet, after a short but unlawful high speed blast at the highway.

Brake rattles, suspension noises, engine misfires, electrical gremlims, etc, etc, etc. I have experienced everything through my 18-years of ownership of M.B. cars and most of them fixed themselves after a high speed run.

Even the official M.B. dealer here recommends sometimes to try the high-speed "miracle healer".

My only guess on the subject would be that since all M.B.s have been designed to be driven at constant high speeds at autobahns in Germany, that is there home turf. If you tend to drive them at town or "normal" highway speeds constantly, they resent you and start to develop a weird behavior.

Disclaimer: I am not suggesting to brake the law and exceed your local speed limits! Try the solution at your local race track, supervised by a proffesional driver and with all the proper insurance forms signed.

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Old 08-14-2001, 08:50 PM
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I would say that this is proof positive that a good workout helps anyone and anything feel better!

Now, lets all help ourselves feel better. . .

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Old 08-14-2001, 09:04 PM
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A few months ago I caught the glimpse of a bright flash from the left side of the instrument cluster when I turned on the headlamps. I then noticed that the left instrument cluster was not illuminated but the center and right side were. I drove on through the night knowing I had just blown the bulb, right? A few nights later I turn on the headlamps and the whole instrument cluster worked and has been several months later! go figure....
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Old 08-18-2001, 11:49 AM
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You know my 107 owners manual recommends cleaning out the spark plugs by driving at high rpm's under load. I believe that it suggested driving up hill in second.

Whatever it takes...

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Old 08-18-2001, 12:26 PM
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Would a judge accept an owners manual?
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