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Old 09-08-2017, 11:20 AM   #141
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Oh I'm sure there's a lovely mark up on these kinds of things as well. My other half had to buy a control module for the roof on her SL and it cost her £600 to replace, the part was nearly £500 and there's multiple units in the car.

Sadly your hands are usually fairly tied in these situations, especially with something as specialist as an SL.

Also, handy I know a couple of people who would read the fault codes for me without charge so that kinda helps. If I can avoid piling cash into the E then I'd prefer that. Not that it wants for anything that is.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:49 PM   #142
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Good work sourcing that second-hand module. Hopefully you get a few years out of it!
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:01 PM   #143
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Good work sourcing that second-hand module. Hopefully you get a few years out of it!
As long as I don't knacker it again with the battery booster pack, no reason why it won't last the life of the car really.

The car itself just carries on. Drives so well and does exactly what I want, still gets nearly 50mpg too.
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Old 30-01-2018, 10:20 PM   #144
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Well the tank is soldiering on and just recently passed the 120k mark. As you can see, still returning a decent MPG for a big old barge with a pretty bit diesel engine.



Had to have one of the lower ball joints replaced and a suspension control arm as well. Nothing too crazy but has made a huge difference to the feel though the steering wheel and no creaks when going over bumps!

Also, lost a foglight to a stone so had the swapped over with a new unit.



And new one fitted...



Question is, can my OCD handle having one side brighter than the other where the old fog light has faded!



Either way, the car is still working away. I'm actually doing nearly double the motorway miles I was doing so it's serving me well and no battery woes either.

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Old 03-03-2018, 06:14 PM   #145
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Well firstly, the car got a wash today. The weather finally let up down here in Surrey, the snow started to melt so it was time for a clean..









I then fitted these from CarShades.co.uk...













Actually rather impressed, they fit into the window frames and although don't black out the interior completely they offer a decent amount of shade. Far better than those naff stick on jobs and far better for the little ones in the back.



Hadn't got the blind sitting perfectly in this pic but you get the idea.

Also, was having a rummage on eBay and came across these. They're LED flares that you can put down should you break down in a dark area etc. Hopefully I won't need them but thought they were cool.




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Old 06-03-2018, 11:36 PM   #146
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Interesting to see the car shades Alex. I had investigated getting some for my Mercedes but was slightly put off by one vendor who was charging a £25 delivery fee. I then thought about selling the car, didn't but haven't re-investigated. It might have been CarShades as the prices are up from when I looked but postage is now free.

As for your economy, one of the nice things I like about Mercedes is that it shows both last journey economy and long term economy. This was mine on the 1 year anniversary of collection of my 2011 C350, which is mainly from my daily commute on the A3 and one junction of the M25. How does yours look?

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Old 18-03-2018, 07:31 PM   #147
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Yeah the car shades weren't too bad, pleased with the quality and the price. Although ironically we've had virtually no sun since I fitted them anyway

Across the long term, I've been getting really good readings.



Admittedly you can see the average is 43mph as it's literally all motorway driving. Still staggered with the MPG for what it is though.

I still can't get the same MPG figures from the other half's CLS350 CDI though, the V6 diesel is smoother and obviously a 7 speed but doesn't quite get there.

Dying to give the E a wash but it's currently covered up haha

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Got an early start this morning and was bloody cold. Started off looking like this....



Rinse with the Karcher to remove the snow, spray down with Citrus pre-wash and wash as usual. Looks a lot better!

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You nutter, cleaning in the snow! Does look nice though.

Those car shades look great - would you have done the same if you "privacy glass" in the rear? It's so dark on my GLC that my father in law didn't realise his wife was in the back when he opened the door...
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