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Old 01-05-2002, 12:55 AM
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A few questions from a new '91 300E owner

Just purchased a '91 300E that I really love. This is my fourth and newest Benz and I'm really excited about it. A few puzzling little quirks I thought I might post about:

1. My power antenna. When it goes up, it goes up, but it doesn't seem to know to stop. Motor just keeps running for 10 seconds or so and then finally stops. When it goes down, it goes down about half way and then gets stuck. Again, motor keeps running for an unhealthy 10 seconds and then finally stops. Antenna will only go down if I push on it while the motor is still running.

2. Climate control. Every once in a while there is a rattling noise coming from inside the dash around the climate control area. Kind of sounds like it is not off all the way. Fiddling with the climate control buttons sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't. Also, the lights that light up the climate control buttons only seem to work if I turn up my dash lights all the way, which is a bit on the bright side.

3. Stereo. I really love the original Mercedes stereo it has with the big knobby control buttons and the fact that it says Mercedes-Benz on it, etc. However, I'm wondering if I can't find another similar original stereo but one with a CD player that would fit?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!
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Old 01-05-2002, 01:05 AM
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About the antenna. I had a similar sticking problem on the way down (don't know about your whole motor staying on thing) and I just applied some wd40 to the mast, and its been working great every since. Now about your radio, do you have the activ bass module? You can find out by first checking if you have speakers on your two front doors. If you do, then play some bassy music with the bass cranked, and see if you can feel the door vibrating. If they are, then you have the activ bass module speaker system. Also, check if you have speakers in both the front and back doors. If either of these two cases holds true, then you are in trouble. You will have to either gut the entire sound system (the amps are located in the trunk of your car) which is very time consuming, or you will have to buy a $100 adapter from becker auto sound that would convert this mini-din connector on the back of your head unit into something normal radios can work with. If either of the aforementioned scenarios don't apply to your car (I.E. you only have 4 speakers) Then its a simple matter of pulling out the old, and pushing in the new. As far as OE stereos with cd players, there is a mercedes unit, but it costs like $600. Another option is you could go with a blaukpaunt or nakamichi system which look subdued enough to be OE, but have better sound etc. As far as instructions for getting at your head unit, should help.
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Old 01-05-2002, 08:32 AM
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read my post. search antenna wont go up.plenty of advice there.
If you need a new antenna mast you can find one at for $18.00.
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