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#1070 of 1109 1988 190E 2.3
Apr 11, 2006 (5:19 pm)
Just bought my first Mercedes, a 1988 190E 2.3 series. It's a great little vehicle has lots of power for a 4 cylinder. I am having problems with the electronics for the trunk access. The access is normally from the outside with the key which isn't working. Is there access to the trunk from the inside of the vehicle? Or some other way to bypass the electronics to open the trunk?
#1071 of 1109 I assume...
Apr 11, 2006 (5:23 pm)
...you've tried the trunk lock from both the trunk and via unlocking the doors at the driver's door, which also (should) unlock the fuel filler door and trunk. You should be able to just push the trunk lock button and open it.
Apr 11, 2006 (6:00 pm)
Yeah, there's no interior button to unlock/open it as far as I know. When you unlock the doors, the trunk unlocks, and when you lock it, everything locks at once. Sometimes the lock cylinders on those cars canm get iffy if you try to unlock it from the trunk lock - it can take a few tries. Just unlock a door and it should all unlock.
#1073 of 1109 I forgot something
Apr 11, 2006 (6:43 pm)
I'm pretty sure, at least on my mom's 300E of the same year, that there's a way to lock the trunk and disable the trunk lock from working--certainly that could be the problem. Don't remember there being a 'valet key' or any such thing per se, though. Make sure the trunk lock cylinder is in the vertical (IIRC) position, as it's on 'lockdown mode' if it's in the horizontal (or maybe I have that reversed--either way, experiment a bit).
#1074 of 1109 Re: I forgot something [ghulet]
Apr 11, 2006 (7:12 pm)
My 126 300SE had a square-fob key for normal driving, and an oval-fob key for valet. I think it just didn't unlock the glove box, maybe the trunk. I remember that 126 had a sticky trunk lock cylinder...often it would take several tries for me to unlock via the trunk. It might be an issue among period MB.
Apr 11, 2006 (7:34 pm)
For some reason I thought you had a 300SEL.
I did see a '90 350SDL today...talk about a rough-running engine there. No wonder almost nobody wants them today.
Apr 11, 2006 (8:04 pm)
Yeah, my 126 was the SWB. Great old car, I'd have kept it if I had the room to store it.
I've heard the engine in those late 126 diesels can be quite a leaker too.
#1077 of 1109 Re: Fintail: [jrosasmc]
Apr 17, 2006 (11:02 am)
Are the 350 SDL's not good? I like the idea of more power than the earlier 300's
#1078 of 1109 Re: Fintail: [amazon]
Apr 17, 2006 (12:06 pm)
I really don't know much about that engine technically, but once I was looking at a 350SD (the very rare SWB model made in 90-91) and my MB specialist told me to stay away. I think there must have been a reason.
It's a little off the target of this thread, but I know the W140 was offered in a diesel in 92-93...I wonder how those are.
Apr 17, 2006 (12:47 pm)
350SLD -- Bad engine design...stay away....