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Yamazaki
04-24-2014, 08:40 PM
This is the wife's daily since I am taking the H6 offline to do its restoration.
Pics from the day I bought it:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4115-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4115.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4118-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4118.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4119-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4119.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4117-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4117.jpg.html)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4121-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4121.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4122-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4122.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4124-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4124.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4126-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4126.jpg.html)

Stats:
5.0L V8
All wheel drive
5 speed auto

Options:
COMAND Navigation
Dynamic seats
Airmatic suspension
Keyless GO
Headlight sprayers
HID Xenon adaptive headlights
Parktronic
Premium Audio
Heated seats
Power rear roller blind
Updated electronics

Modifications:
Sport front grille
Hood emblem delete
Tint (35% all around)
Aftermarket taillights

To do list:
Trunk lip spoiler
Rear window spoiler

amgarrety
04-24-2014, 09:11 PM
...taking it to the dealer and getting charged a Spanish galleon full of gold doubloons every time I retrofit an option on the car...

Sounds about right. Do you have to take it to the dealer to get the electronic options enabled? I could see why the would charge an arm and a leg. Those would've been options you had to pay quite a bit for when buying it new, and the software to do it yourself isn't easy to get.

amusa
04-26-2014, 08:51 AM
...taking it to the dealer and getting charged a Spanish galleon full of gold doubloons every time I retrofit an option on the car...

Sounds about right. Do you have to take it to the dealer to get the electronic options enabled? I could see why the would charge an arm and a leg. Those would've been options you had to pay quite a bit for when buying it new, and the software to do it yourself isn't easy to get.

No. Used to be back in the day if the vehicle was not equipped with HIDs. To put in HID's in you had to have the dealer with the STAR tool to enable the setting in the software. Now you don't have to anymore just get a CAN-BUS HID kit. Same as for LED's they need to be CAN-BUS.

2005 the Tele-Aid was switched to digital from analog. For me and other owners have (2) options is to do the upgrade for $2,500 or get lucky and have it turned off from using the STAR tool. For me I did not get so lucky so I have ignore the error message since day 1.

I have owned my 2004 Mercedes CLK500 for 6+ years now.

YamazakiSubaru
I have a mechanic in G'burg that does all my general maintenance on all my vehicles incld the Mercedes. For any major work I have a guy that I know is a mechanic for Euro Motor Cars in Germantown. That does it on the side at his house in Frederick. I would be concern with the transmission that was the first year that they came out with the 6 gear. I know people were having issue on the 2005 model.

Yamazaki
04-26-2014, 05:22 PM
I would be concern with the transmission that was the first year that they came out with the 6 gear. I know people were having issue on the 2005 model.
The trans has been great so far. No issues at all. In fact, it's the reason we got the RWD instead of the 4matic. I didn't like the 5peed, but the 7 speed is amazing (which first came out in '03). I don't know about a 6 speed.
As for everything else, I plan to get ahold of the SBS myself so I don't need to worry about the programming when I retrofit the more technically challenging options like Distronic.

Yamazaki
05-03-2014, 08:34 PM
As promised, here are pictures of the car:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4098-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4098.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4114-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4114.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4113-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4113.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4102-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4102.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4100-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4100.jpg.html)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4103-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4103.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4101-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4101.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4104-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4104.jpg.html)

Yamazaki
05-03-2014, 08:38 PM
And here's what it looks like now:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4115-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4115.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4118-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4118.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4119-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4119.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4117-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4117.jpg.html)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4121-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4121.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4122-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4122.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4124-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4124.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4126-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4126.jpg.html)

rkrenicki
05-03-2014, 08:44 PM
Wow, amazing work in such a short period of time!

geckoboy86
05-03-2014, 09:12 PM
Lol.

amgarrety
05-03-2014, 09:23 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time until it became some shade of blue.

I should've put money down on it.

Who did the work? The same guys who did the Blitzen? Or somewhere better?

Yamazaki
05-03-2014, 09:59 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time until it became some shade of blue.

I should've put money down on it.

Who did the work? The same guys who did the Blitzen? Or somewhere better?
No, I actually bought another car. No joke. I didn't like the prospect of the retrofit, and everything else, so I traded it in for another '05 E500. But this one is loaded with options. It has a couple downsides, but the trade offs were worth it.

Items added:
Parktronic
Dynamic seats
Keyless GO
HID Xenon headlights
Headlight sprayers
Premium audio
Navigation
All wheel drive

Items lost:
Black interior (it's grey now)
Sweet 7 speed trans (it's 5 speed now)

Dead91silvia
05-03-2014, 10:21 PM
Oh brother... You are crazy man. How did the wife take it?

Yamazaki
05-03-2014, 10:44 PM
Oh brother... You are crazy man. How did the wife take it?
She said this better mean that I am not going to mess with it. And plans I had for the Impreza also got scrapped. So it's basically "no more money on cars".

So I'd like to say there will be even less activity in my threads than usual. We'll see how well I stick to that.

98legwag
05-04-2014, 07:49 AM
The funny thing is I was thinking "did he buy a different one?" That was a lot of changes pretty quick.

amusa
05-04-2014, 09:09 AM
Never knew the 500 came in 4matic....

Yamazaki
05-04-2014, 11:09 AM
So much for no more mods. I put on a new grill and did the emblem delete. I'm ordering taillights next.
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4127-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4127.jpg.html)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4128-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4128.jpg.html)

MRLancaster
05-04-2014, 11:18 AM
Hehe, looks great! I knew the no more mods wouldnt last long. ;)

geckoboy86
05-04-2014, 11:37 AM
That grille makes it look like a proper merc

amgarrety
05-04-2014, 09:32 PM
Hah! Of course there were going to be modifications, I mean, you already had the grille.....

Also, is this the Merc you first passed up on for the 7 speed?

Also also, are these headlights less dangerous than the halogens? I would imagine so, but the lack of light output from the halogens was outstanding. I was wondering how much of a difference there was.

Dead91silvia
05-05-2014, 12:04 AM
So much for no more mods. I put on a new grill and did the emblem delete. I'm ordering taillights next.
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4127-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4127.jpg.html)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/th_DSCF4128-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20E500/DSCF4128.jpg.html)

Are these that same parts you had got for the original car?

Yamazaki
05-05-2014, 06:56 AM
Are these that same parts you had got for the original car?Yes they are. That's why there wasn't even a day between the time I got the car and the time I put that stuff on.

Also, is this the Merc you first passed up on for the 7 speed?

Also also, are these headlights less dangerous than the halogens? I would imagine so, but the lack of light output from the halogens was outstanding. I was wondering how much of a difference there was.This is a different car. The one we passed up was black with black interior, but only the same options as the first E500 we got. All else being the same, I'd still take the RWD 7 spd over the AWD 5 spd.
The headlights are amazing. They work very well and are 'adaptive', meaning when I go around a corner they turn in the direction I am going.

However, I am not a fan of the place we got the car. They gave us two keys but one isn't even for this car, and the owners manuals are all for an '06 S class. To top it off, even though the car is navigation capable, they kept the navigation disk.

Ghey. :smt011

98legwag
05-05-2014, 07:49 AM
Just curious as to where you bought this one? When I bought my 3.0R they gave me two keys. One had a dead battery which was slightly annoying. I bought it as Koons Ford/Nissan in Falls Church, VA.

Dead91silvia
05-05-2014, 02:13 PM
Thats a drag... Have you talked to them about the key and the disk?

Does this one have the radar cruise or no?

MRLancaster
05-06-2014, 05:31 PM
Glad to hear the headlights are much better! I hated driving that thing when it came to the lack of light!

Yamazaki
05-11-2014, 06:43 PM
This post is about a week late, but...

It turns out that the "new" car already had its electronics upgraded, so that spares me about four hours at the dealer. I also subscribed to the mBrace service. It's gimmicky, but I will definitely cancel it before the trial period ends. It isn't worth the yearly fee, even if it were free. Taillights should be here in a few days and tint should be done in a couple weeks (the shop I like is backed up).

After that's all done all I want is a trunk lip spoiler and a rear window spoiler and I can call it good. Maybe down the line I'd like axleback exhausts and a bumper that shows them off, but that'll cost a bit so I'm not in a hurry.

Dead91silvia
05-12-2014, 12:28 AM
Your not going to do the tail lights yourself?

Yamazaki
05-12-2014, 05:58 AM
Your not going to do the tail lights yourself?
I am, but I can't change them until they get here and that'll be a few days.

Dead91silvia
05-12-2014, 10:55 AM
Oh, ok. I miss read it. Your talking about the tint shop. I dont do tint either. Though I have thought about giving it a try on my Ford truck.

Yamazaki
05-15-2014, 05:42 PM
New LED taillights and 35% tint all around (I didn't want to wait, so I went somewhere else). I wanted 45% in the front, but they said they didn't have it. The tint looks la little too light to be 35% though....

Tint:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/DSCF4131-1.jpg

taillight comparison:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/DSCF4129-1.jpg

Installed!
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/05/DSCF4132-1.jpg

amgarrety
05-15-2014, 07:06 PM
Everything you're doing to this car is right.

Dead91silvia
05-16-2014, 12:59 AM
Like the tint, not a fan of the tail lights though.

amgarrety
05-16-2014, 01:28 PM
They remind me of S class tail lights. In my limited knowledge of Mercs anyway.

hansvonaxion
05-16-2014, 09:54 PM
Like the tint, not a fan of the tail lights though.

+1

Nice car though.

:smt023

MRLancaster
05-19-2014, 11:30 AM
Love the lights!

nikolaus.conrad
05-21-2014, 10:47 PM
I'm liking this so far

Muse
06-11-2014, 08:33 PM
Very nice. I'm a little sad I didn't get a chance to try the first one when I was down there for the meet, but... I really like this one better. Can't say why,l but I really do.

Yamazaki
12-10-2014, 01:23 PM
So the crank sensor has been going out on the Merc. It would have some times where it wouldn't start up right away, but if we waited a little bit, it would be fine. However, last night it quit on the wife in the middle of traffic and may have caused an accident a few cars behind her. So I had to go and tow the car to a local park and we left it overnight. I ended up towing the Merc with the Impreza because the Forester was diagnosed with a bad wheel bearing on the same day! I was impressed that the Impreza could pull the larger/heavier Merc uphill.

So I swapped out the crank sensor for a new one, but I had to buy some bits I never even knew existed because the Merc has a whole different set of bolts in the engine bay I was not equipped to handle. And even though it's changed out, now instead of P0339 I am getting code P0335. Crap.

Looks like I get to do it all over again. Oh well, at least it doesn't have a bad wheel bearing...... Stupid Forester.

98legwag
12-10-2014, 02:23 PM
You got a Forester?!

rkrenicki
12-10-2014, 03:25 PM
Is there more than one crank sensor?

Sucks about the wheel bearing. Is it pressed in, or is it bolt-in like the rear of the BE/BHs? Also.. when is the MR2 getting made for the Fozzy?

Yamazaki
12-10-2014, 03:51 PM
You got a Forester?!
Yup. It's a major reason the Impreza has to go. If not the Impreza, then I'm calling SoA to see how interested they'd be in taking the S401 off my hands.

Is there more than one crank sensor?
Nope. And it turns out that I did a good job the first time. The CEL just wouldn't clear with an OBD II reader and I had to wait for the car to run a self diagnostic.


Sucks about the wheel bearing. Is it pressed in, or is it bolt-in like the rear of the BE/BHs? Also.. when is the MR2 getting made for the Fozzy?
I think it's pressed in, but not sure. I don't really care either since I have an appointment in two weeks to get it fixed.
As for an MR2 thread.... well, I didn't ever make one for the wife's '97 GT-B Ltd because I never modified it. This probably won't get its own thread for the same reason (not counting the tech package that I installed).

Muse
12-10-2014, 08:56 PM
This probably won't get its own thread for the same reason (not counting the tech package that I installed).

We still need pictures or something.

amusa
12-11-2014, 04:30 AM
So the crank sensor has been going out on the Merc. It would have some times where it wouldn't start up right away, but if we waited a little bit, it would be fine. However, last night it quit on the wife in the middle of traffic and may have caused an accident a few cars behind her. So I had to go and tow the car to a local park and we left it overnight. I ended up towing the Merc with the Impreza because the Forester was diagnosed with a bad wheel bearing on the same day! I was impressed that the Impreza could pull the larger/heavier Merc uphill.

So I swapped out the crank sensor for a new one, but I had to buy some bits I never even knew existed because the Merc has a whole different set of bolts in the engine bay I was not equipped to handle. And even though it's changed out, now instead of P0339 I am getting code P0335. Crap.

Looks like I get to do it all over again. Oh well, at least it doesn't have a bad wheel bearing...... Stupid Forester.

E8 (female) Torx and E12 Torx (male). I believe there is only (1) sensor. You said you have replace it. The ECU need to be reset to clear the code since it's throwing CEL when the sensor went out. I would clear the code first. You will need STAR tool for it but not sure if there is another method on clearing it out.

I have replace mine in my CLK500 5 or 6 years ago.

Yamazaki
04-15-2015, 01:57 PM
So the Keyless GO had stopped working for the driver door. That meant in order to open or lock the door, I (or my wife) would be saddled with oh-so-burdensome task of actually getting the key fob out and pushing a button. Well, that just simply wouldn't do. So I took it to the dealer to see how much it would cost to fix the problem and they asked how much life insurance I have.... okay maybe not, but they did quote $2K. I subsequently went to a Benz forum, found a DIY for this exact problem, and $240 (in parts) later, the Keyless GO system works for the driver's door again! Hooray for car forums and their DIY fix-it threads!

Now I just need to find a DIY for turbocharging a Phase 1 EZ30D....
(just kidding....maybe).

Yamazaki
08-23-2015, 04:32 PM
So this is gone now (sold). S401 is next.