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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
#3684 of 6720 Fan speed Regulator
Jul 29, 2002 (3:11 pm)
I experienced the same problem last month with my 2000 E320. The fan would not react properly to inputs, auto or manual. Fortunately, my service advisor is a real pro, and he knows automobiles, particularly Mercedes. When I described the problem, he immediately knew what was wrong. I picked up the car later that day after driving a 2002 C-Class loaner (the dealer's loaner fleet is all Mercedes!). No problems since.
#3685 of 6720 E320 Headlamps ...
Jul 29, 2002 (3:33 pm)
I got my 02 E320 a couple of weeks back & want to change the standard headlights with a brighter one. Something to create a HID or Xenon effect .... err ... atleast something like that.
Can anyone help and point me in the right direction.? Are there bulbs that are available at auto stores that I can purchase & plug in.? Something like PIAA lamps, etc ...??? Are these bulbs better than the original ones.? Is it worth the money.?
Thanks in advance for all help.
Jul 29, 2002 (7:46 pm)
You will have to decide whether you want a color temperature close to HID or simply a strong beam for better night driving. We had a long discussion about this subject last year in the After Market Headlights Bulbs Forum included within After Market Accessories . Initially I tried Hella's xenon filled bulbs which were fine but unreliable. Then after a long research I elected Philips Vision Plus bulbs which provide about 50% more light than the OEM (also Philips) with a noticeable super white beam. I procured them from Fosmo in the UK at the following address
Fosmo have a good and reliable service.
Beware the blue coated bulbs. Not only they filter part of the light but they will provide annoying reflection under the rain. Good luck.
Jul 30, 2002 (5:42 am)
I'm envious of your service experience. The service department of Holloway Motorcars in Manchester NH does not operate this way. Sadly there is little competition for this class of dealership in southern NH.
Jul 30, 2002 (3:38 pm)
If I were you, I'd call the MBUSA District Manager. You can probably find contact info in your owner's manual. As a last resort, demand the info from your dealer. Mercedes dealers are constantly rated by MBUSA and get into trouble when they provide shoddy service or poor customer support. I'd be willing to bet that you get some satisfaction. I'd also keep a log of your experiences with the dealer.
Hope this helps. You're driving one of the finest luxury automobiles in the world, and the service of that automobile should reflect that fact!
#3690 of 6720 Headlights
Jul 30, 2002 (4:58 pm)
I had real issues with the OEM headlights on my 2000 E320. In the first 750 miles of ownership, I encountered a black dog on a rural road. Higher wattage bulbs are not recommended.
Without changing bulbs, I found that adjusting the height of the aim produced a dramatic improvement. The factory aim is 2" below the height of the bulb at a distance of 25 feet on a level surface with 1/2 tank of gas. I raised the height by 2" and adjusted the lateral adjustment to preserve its original orientation. (Vertical adjustments result in a lateral change.)
Jul 30, 2002 (6:53 pm)
The MB OEM H7 bulbs are very good compared to other bulb types. But I found the color of the OEM does not provide enough reflection at night. As soon as I tested the super white bulbs (Hella and VisonPlus)side by side with the OEM I discovered a striking difference. The additional reflection raises the safety level with a more comfortable drive. However these after market bulbs are no match to the OEM HID system which is very difficult to install outside the factory.
#3692 of 6720 DVD Navigation
Aug 06, 2002 (7:20 am)
Has anyone successfully installed a third party DVD navigation in the 2000 & up E Class. Please share your experience. I am looking for something that installs flush with the dash and retains the Wood doors. Pioneer has DVD navigation with motorized screens but don't know if those units will fit in.
Aug 09, 2002 (8:09 am)
I'm ordering a 2003 E500 and considering going with a 17" tire. My dealer is discouraging this move because of other customers having problems with these tires because they are softer and have to be replaced as early as 12000 miles. I find this hard to believe! Can anyone share their experience with 17" wheels??