Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 CLK430
Location: Southern California
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You bought a six year old vehicle, one that had been wrecked, has no warrantee, and has electrical problems which may be related to the pile up.
Sorry to hear about the disappointing purchase. Hopefully others who are contemplating a purchase can learn from this. One of the BEST things a person can do before purchasing one of these cars is take it to a Mercedes-Benz dealer and have a pre-purchase inspection performed. As far as a return on one’s investment, this can be the most useful money spent. At this point, I'd take to a dealer for a complete inspection. Based on the inspection report, I'd decide whether to keep it, or buy another vehicle - preferably new or certified.
Regarding the radio, you can take it to the dealer and ask for the code. At my local dealership, the code is free, but proof of ownership is required (vehicle registration and a driver's license will suffice). If you want the dealer to code the radio, that may qualify as a service, which may require a service fee. Not being a fan of handing over money, I'd load the code myself. What does your owner's manual state regarding entering the code? If you don't have an owner's manual, Mercedes-Benz USA may give you a free digital copy if you register the vehicle at their website. On my car, if the incorrect code is entered three times, the word "WAIT" will appear and the radio will be locked out for about ten minutes. Per the owner's manual, the lock out time will only count down if the radio is left on. In your case, I recommend after getting the correct code from the dealer, taking a 10+ minute drive back home (with the radio on) and then attempting to enter the code.