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Old 12-01-2001, 09:11 PM
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Lightbulb Battery Change in 97 E320/210 ?

Haven't look in the manual yet, but the battery in the 320 is 5 years old. I want to put in a new one before winter.

I read that it's under the back seat.

Anything I should doing before opening and removing the cables.

I have the codes for the Radio head Unit and Changer.

I've had good luck with Interstate's products in my other stuff.
400E, 944S2, Truck, etc.

The company has a local distribution point add the stock is always fresh.

Anybody know the group #

Mike Mullins
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Old 12-02-2001, 09:37 PM
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I just replace the battery for my 98 E320 with an interstate battery Model MTP91 (Type 45?) for $93. My original battery shorted out under load.

The battery is located under the rear passenger seat. There are three bolts to undo. One for the positive, one for the negative, and one for the bracket.

When you pull the old battey out a clear hose will come off. The hose is a vent hose which vents any acid fumes out of the car. The interstate battery is shorter than the original and does not have a connection to connect the vent hose up to .

I will keep my eye out to make sure that the new battery does not "leak" any acid fumes.

I hooked up my battery jump starter before I removed the old battery so that I didn't loose any radio codes or presets.

So far the interstate battery is working fine. Mike if you have any additional questions I will be out of the country the next week and I won't be able to get on the internet.

FYI, I noticed that sears sells a similar battery called the international series for $100.
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Old 12-02-2001, 10:16 PM
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Just put new batteries in both the 300 D and the 400 SEL. Cost for the Mercedes battery at the dealership was $109. I felt that to be a fair price.
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Old 12-02-2001, 11:16 PM
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I replaced my batter with a Mercedes-Benz battery (what is the company they're made by? it's on the tip of my tongue...)... I think I paid $125 or something like that (dealer).

Don't worry about unplugging the battery... you will not lose your PRESETS, but you will need the Radio Code entered back in once it's powered up.

Good luck!
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