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2 weeks in with a 2007 Mercedes E280 CDI


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Thanks , it hadn’t been used for quite a while when I got it , I’ve done 3000 miles in it since I’ve had it , it’s not failed to start first time for weeks now so I’m wondering if it was a lack of use problem 

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Next question how does this bloody key open 

It could be a key problem as mine is working fine but hers still has problems 

I've found tutorials to get into the battery compartment but both my keys are different 

They say remove the mechanical key and press it into the hole opposite the slot only typically my keys are different, there is no hole opposite the slot , just the sprung plastic clip that holds the mechanical key in 

Also they appear to be different to the keys in the youtube video in that the lever to remove the mechanical key is on the bottom not the top

I'm starting to wonder if I've got some sort of prototype as the michelin wiper blades didn't fit the arms without modification despite their insistence they did , I had to cut 2 lugs off 

 

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Arse 

We're currently on a tour of Yorkshire in the E280 , well it's a tour from a static point which I've just found out is the old butlins filey site , our rented static caravan is sited where the chalets used to be which is making me feel a bit nostalgic as we came here a few times late 60s-early 70s 

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anyway , drove down to Flamborough head this afternoon , on the way back a fucking rock thrown up by a truck put a whacking great chip in the screen  right in the annoying spot, it looks like it's going to spread too so it might want a screen which won't be cheap as rain sensing and tinted, insurance renews in 10 days so I suppose I may as well claim now ? 

 

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If you're still trying to open the key fob, try removing the mechanical key and sliding the spring-loaded nub (that holds it in place) towards the hole, in the direction of the arrow visible in your pic. You should then be able to slide the whole core of the key out from its metal sleeve.

Your car was right on the cusp of the facelift; it has some of the later exterior updates but the pre-facelift interior. That stereo was replaced with a version with a colour screen and bluetooth. Amusingly, when I was selling these, two brothers came in and bought a pair of E-Classes at the same time, and when they turned up one was a facelift and one wasn't. I thought the shit would hit the fan but fortunately the brother who got the pre-facelift said he preferred it.

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On 9/12/2020 at 12:15 PM, RoadworkUK said:

If you're still trying to open the key fob, try removing the mechanical key and sliding the spring-loaded nub (that holds it in place) towards the hole, in the direction of the arrow visible in your pic. You should then be able to slide the whole core of the key out from its metal sleeve.

Your car was right on the cusp of the facelift; it has some of the later exterior updates but the pre-facelift interior. That stereo was replaced with a version with a colour screen and bluetooth. Amusingly, when I was selling these, two brothers came in and bought a pair of E-Classes at the same time, and when they turned up one was a facelift and one wasn't. I thought the shit would hit the fan but fortunately the brother who got the pre-facelift said he preferred it.

Thanks i'll try that with the key

It does seem odd it's mid facelift , it was a demonstrator before the guy I bought it from had it ,

You'd think there would be a cutoff point on the production line, 99 pre facelift ,100 facelift not a combination of both 

It seems to have a lot of tech for a 2007 car 

Auto lights

Auto wipers

Dual climate

2 electric heated seats

Electric folding mirrors

Front & rear parking sensors

Xenon lights 

Cruise control with speed limiter 

Ambient lighting

 

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I remember when mercedes came with 5 seats and a steering wheel , everything else was an option

In the 90s i delivered stuff to mercedes truck prep centre in barnsley

One of the guys was really excited about getting a new mercedes on a staff deal £100 a month but you had to keep it under 6000 miles and give it back after a year

When it came he wasn't happy , radio , no cassette player 

His kids were small , he went to put the child locks on the back doors but there was just a hole so he rang the dealer , child locks were an option 

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Now it's getting dark earlier I've found something else I didn't know it had 

As you turn a corner lights come on at the front corners to light up the road as you go round the bend then go out again when you straighten the wheel 

Still loving it just as much as the day I got it 

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I’ve just ordered a tuning box for it , I like it that much it’s a keeper and while 187bhp is good , more would be better  so I’ve gone for a synergy 3 at £135 with a 10% discount off the £150 rrp

 

reviews look good and you can fiddle with it between torque & power 

 

https://www.tuning-diesels.com/synergy-3

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25 minutes ago, Wack said:

I’ve just ordered a tuning box for it , I like it that much it’s a keeper and while 187bhp is good , more would be better  so I’ve gone for a synergy 3 at £135 with a 10% discount off the £150 rrp

 

reviews look good and you can fiddle with it between torque & power 

 

https://www.tuning-diesels.com/synergy-3

I'd either get a proper remap or not bother, these are just cheating the sensors and not the correct way to 'tune' a car.

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