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Old 03-10-2004, 11:55 AM
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Question 300E rear foglight- have I or haven't I?

Trying to work out why the rear foglight in my '91 300E doesn't work.

It has the orange bulb in the light selector knob for the foglight but doesn't light up when I pull it all the way out (saw there was a tiny bulb in there, not sure if it's burned out though).

On inspection as suggested on the forum I do have the extra fog light bulb in the left (drivers) side rear cluster which appears to be fine.

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Old 03-10-2004, 01:51 PM
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My bulb on the headlight switch was burned out too...

And you pull out two clicks to activate the rear fog. A single click activates the fronts only.

If you pull two clicks, the orange light on the switch should glow, and the rear fog bulb illiminates.
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Old 03-10-2004, 02:01 PM
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I pulled it out 2 clicks- the orange light does not come on and no rear fog light on.
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1983 230E W123 M102
1994 E300D S124 OM606 (x2)
1967 250SE W108 M129
1972 280se 3.5 W108 M116
1980 280SE W116 M110
1980 350SE W116 M116
1992 300E W124 M103
1994 E280 W124 M104
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Old 03-10-2004, 02:08 PM
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I don't think any US bound Mercedes had this rear fog light feature installed. although the switch has 2 detents like the European cars do.
No legal in America in those years.
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Old 03-10-2004, 02:43 PM
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weird- the bulb is even installed.
was anything useful legal in those days?
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1994 E300D S124 OM606 (x2)
1967 250SE W108 M129
1972 280se 3.5 W108 M116
1980 280SE W116 M110
1980 350SE W116 M116
1992 300E W124 M103
1994 E280 W124 M104
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Old 03-10-2004, 03:08 PM
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I have a 1991 300E and the rear fog works and so does the switch light.

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Old 03-10-2004, 03:40 PM
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the plot thickens...

i don't suppose the bulb in the switch being burnt out has anything to do with the operation of the actual fog light?

I guess I'll mention it to my tech as I'm in for an oil change soon.
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1980 350SE W116 M116
1992 300E W124 M103
1994 E280 W124 M104
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Old 03-10-2004, 04:17 PM
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I don't think any US bound Mercedes had this rear fog light feature installed. although the switch has 2 detents like the European cars do.
No legal in America in those years.
jackD
Yes, the US 300E's have the rear fog light. So did the S-Class of that era. The 190's did not have it. This is a valuable safety feature when driving in the rain. It makes it easier for the guy following you to see you. Too bad everyone doesn't have it. I think it's mandatory in Scandinavia.
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Old 03-10-2004, 04:30 PM
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the plot thickens...

i don't suppose the bulb in the switch being burnt out has anything to do with the operation of the actual fog light?
Nope. Should still operate despite a burnt-out bulb...
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300E rear fog

'91 was the first year for the rear fog light in US model 124. Prior to that the wire for them was not in the harness.
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Old 03-11-2004, 03:26 AM
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This is just a guess.. But is there a specific fuse for the rear fog light? And if there is, could that be the culprit?

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Too bad everyone doesn't have it. I think it's mandatory in Scandinavia.
It is mandatory in Scandinavia. And it's a great thing when your driving in very hard rain or fog with 30 ft. visibility.
But it's NOT great that everybody turns these annoying lights on whenever they see a slight mist in the distance, so when driving in heavy traffic you get blinded by them and have much harder determining if the cars in front of you is braking or not..

When we've had foggy weather you always see wrecks of 'rear-enders' parked roadside. And a common theory is that it's the fog lights that are causing most of the accidents -not the fog!

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