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Old 13-04-2017, 11:23 PM   #131
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Wasn't sold on the wheels when i saw the picture originally, but they do look great on the car. Well done.
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Old 14-04-2017, 09:49 AM   #132
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They paired up well, good choice
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Old 17-04-2017, 07:26 PM   #133
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Thanks all. I'm still really pleased with how the car is looking now. The wheels have brought it right up to date!

Gave the car a once over today.

Interior always comes up nicely.











It's a surprisingly good sounding stereo and for those of us born in the 80s there's even a cassette player hidden away!



My CLS came with a Carmats4U boot liner bought by the previous owner so this was a given for the E320 as well. Doesn't matter parenting cr*p gets put in here, the boot stays clean.



Gave the outside a clean of course.









Couple of cheeky pics with an added affect which I think looks great with silver cars (which two of mine are, which is handy haha)



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Old 17-04-2017, 08:25 PM   #134
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Those wheels turned out right to be a good choice, very smart, finishes the tank off very well.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:23 PM   #135
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Well firstly, since Photobucket decided to b*gger most of it's users, here's a few pictures of my beloved E320!





Gave the car a quick wash, polish and wax the other week so good to see the finish is still good.





Car has generally been behaving itself, went through it's MOT with one advisory so otherwise good. Did a great family trip in May where it was great, four up for over 700 miles and carted us all around in comfort and managed that number of miles on about one tank of diesel too.

But, I had a bit of a niggle the other day. Battery was flat from having not driven it for a couple of weeks (it hates staying still). I attached my battery charger and gave it a quick charge, then switched the pack to the jump start option.

Eventually I get the car started but then get this....



Sh!t. So did a bit of homework and it came up with it either being the alternator, secondary battery or main battery. Main one was changed last year so I took a guess at it being the secondary battery which was original!!

So £90 on this..



And it didn't fix it. So I popped into a local garage and was advised it was the Battery Control Module. A box in the boot which essentially monitors the battery voltages. It's one of these actually...



Contacted a local Merc specialist and was told it was just under £600 to replace.

So a little bit of eBay browsing, a used one for £90 and ten minutes with a socket set had that swapped over! All sorted in time for it to tick over 116,000 miles and it soldiers on.


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£600

Comedy prices, do they honestly expect people to pay that kind of money
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:51 PM   #137
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It is mental. I mean don't get me wrong, it was a car I paid £4k for but someone paid nearer £40k over 13 years ago so parts are never going to be cheap.

But, I still didn't pay much so I took a punt on a part and it worked in my favour. To be honest, apart from servicing, MOT, fuel etc this car has only cost me £300 to run since May last year.

I still don't tire of that 370lbs of torque that engine produces either! haha
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:58 PM   #138
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£600

Comedy prices, do they honestly expect people to pay that kind of money
Thing is, this is a part that very well may no longer be in production, so you're probably paying for Mercedes to keep stock on the offchance that someone wants one...
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Yep that's entirely possible as well. Thankfully there's plenty of these still on the road and plenty that obviously end up off the road haha
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Thing is, this is a part that very well may no longer be in production, so you're probably paying for Mercedes to keep stock on the offchance that someone wants one...

True but it just smacks of taking the proverbial to me and it makes pre owned cars less desirable which has knock on effects for a manufacturer in terns of new sales and residuals.
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