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Old 11-14-2002, 07:18 PM
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Unhappy 1992 500sel


I bought a 1992 500SEL in August, 70,000K, great condition.
Recently, I got in and had zero power. Got the battery changed, was told the alternator was OK, then, next day, same thing, absolutely NO POWER. Now the car has been in a reputable(I think) MB repair shop for nearly two weeks. They say they have replaced/fixed several things that COULD be drawing power from the battery, including a wiper blade malfunctioning on the headlamp, defroster switch, speaker switch, trunk vaccum, starter. The bill is at $1900(Extended warranty covering about half). Then they say they haven't found the problem and the car will probably do the same thing when I get it home. They recommend going to a dealer, doing another full diagnostic, then seeing IF the warranty will cover it.




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Old 11-14-2002, 10:31 PM
it leaks, its german
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Ok, if your car has the "premium" sound system, unplug the amp and tuner in the trunk, nope, you wont have tunes but, odds are it'll start. :-) The dang amps dont power down for some reason on occasion. If that resolves the draw issues, remove them along with the head unit and send 'em to Becker USA for repair. (or go get a system put in aftermarket) On rare occasions the antenna will fail to power down as well.

Watched a bunch of folks get their butts kicked by this one. Only reason I know about it was from Brian.

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Old 11-15-2002, 12:35 PM
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Find another garage. One that doesn't resort to "plug 'n' play" as a diagno$i$ method.
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Old 11-15-2002, 08:30 PM
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Joe P,

Thanks, I have passed that info on to the MB repair folks.
I have basically told them , look, I went to you, told you the problem(no power). Nearly two weeks later they call me, tell me it is going to cost $1900.00, and in the same breath they say they haven't fixed the problem, that when I get it home, shut it off and try to restart it, I will again have no power. Wow that made me mad. I hope your idea works. Thanks again.


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