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DIY / Technical Forum?

Hiya Folks.

Newbie Benz owner here. (1991 500SL Blue with Cloth "checker" Interior, 66,000KM)

Anyhow, I come from a P-car background with 911's and 944's as some of my previous cars.

I have noticed (On this forum anyhow.... ) That there is not a lot of "technical" information here. Do most of you have your service performed by mechanics? To actually be able to afford my cars, I have to do as much work as possible myself.


In the Porsche world, it seemed almost everyone I talked to was a DIY'er. (Really tough to afford any other way)

This forum is great, and I have learned a fair bit by browsing and searching the forums thus far, but a segregated "Technical" type forum may be a nice touch.


Other than that, I say "Hello" To everyone.


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Hiya Folks.

Newbie Benz owner here. (1991 500SL Blue with Cloth "checker" Interior, 66,000KM)

Anyhow, I come from a P-car background with 911's and 944's as some of my previous cars.

I have noticed (On this forum anyhow.... ) That there is not a lot of "technical" information here. Do most of you have your service performed by mechanics? To actually be able to afford my cars, I have to do as much work as possible myself.


In the Porsche world, it seemed almost everyone I talked to was a DIY'er. (Really tough to afford any other way)

This forum is great, and I have learned a fair bit by browsing and searching the forums thus far, but a segregated "Technical" type forum may be a nice touch.


Other than that, I say "Hello" To everyone.


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There are many models and "trim levels" so to speak that Mercedes has to offer. To have just one Technical forum would be very "crowded" and unorganized. Personally I find it just fine the way it is.

You'll find that there are very many DIY'ers on this forum. You just have to go the extra mile to search the forum for the posts. There is also a Technical Publications section where people have written up How-To's on mods and other stuff.

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Hello Jeremy, as an ex-Porche owner and wrench, I'd have to agree that you won't find the same level of DIY discussion. However, I'd also have to say my W208 CLK doesn't require the same type of service that my 73 S did. For starters, there are no valve adjustments, no chain tensioner replacements/upgrades, and no where near the number of oil leaks. Basically, it's oil changes, coolant services, filters, and (the same) biennial brake fluid changes.

The W208 section does have a DIY sticky. If you start an DIY thread in the R129 section and request that it become a sticky, you may be surprised at what gets added. I'd suggest starting with whatever OBDI/II code reader/procedure you guys follow and a list of the codes.
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I'm from the bimmer world and i'm new to MB as well. From what i can see, MB owners do very little or ZERO DIY work. you'll find very little help here...
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As a porsche owner, I have found MB's are easier to work on. This is just my own personal feelings. No valve adjustments, dealing with 915 tranny's....I am sure you know what I mean. The search button will help you find a lot of tech info. There is also a book you can get. It is not specific to your model, but there is a ton of info in it. I cant remember the exact name. It is published by Bentley is a collection of tech questions from the MBCA. If someone knows the one I am talking about I am sure they will post the name.
You can check with Mercedes Technical Literature. The manual for your car may now be available at a decent price. The w126 which are of the same era as your car now have their manual available for $20. Maybe you will have something similar with yours

Congratulations on your new car. Post some pictures when you get a chance.

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I'm from the bimmer world and i'm new to MB as well. From what i can see, MB owners do very little or ZERO DIY work. you'll find very little help here...
Absolutely not true. If you've noticed, it's just that the W210 forum here has very little activity. Go to other forums and you'll find there are many DIYers. The most DIY stuff are probably done on the older models such as the G-Wagen, W126, and etc.

The W163 group is also very DIY inclined.

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R170 got lots of DIY'ers

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