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Glove box light?

We just picked up our 2008 E350 4Matic. When I open the glove box there is no light inside. I called my salesman and he wasn't sure if it had one or not.

Does the glove box have a light and if so, is there anything special you need to do to turn it on? I have a hard time believing that a car over $50,000 doesn't have such a light.

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We just picked up our 2008 E350 4Matic. When I open the glove box there is no light inside. I called my salesman and he wasn't sure if it had one or not.

Does the glove box have a light and if so, is there anything special you need to do to turn it on? I have a hard time believing that a car over $50,000 doesn't have such a light.

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Hi, Tom. Congrats on your purchase!

I have a W210 (previous E-generation to yours), the glove box light on mine won't come on unless the key is in the ignition. Since you have keyless go, try yours with the engine running and see if it comes on. If not, call a SA, there may be some other "feature" about it. And be sure to dope-slap your salesman next time you're there, he sounds like he should be selling Kias, not MBs.

When you're really bored, read through the manual, likely there is some mention of that in there, plus a whole host of other things you'd never have guessed.

Finally, whenever you have a question relating more to your specific model, you're usually better off posting in the W211 forum, scroll down the page until you see it.

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aha!!

You are correct--the ignition has to be on to have the glove box light come on. So if a cop pulls you over and asks for your registration, turn off the engine then turn the ignition back on, but don't start the engine, while you fish for the paperwork.

Not too smart. On the other hand, it gives less light for a thief who broke into your car and is searching through your glove box.

And I do wish you a Merry Christmas.

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You are correct--the ignition has to be on to have the glove box light come on. So if a cop pulls you over and asks for your registration, turn off the engine then turn the ignition back on, but don't start the engine, while you fish for the paperwork.

Not too smart. On the other hand, it gives less light for a thief who broke into your car and is searching through your glove box.

And I do wish you a Merry Christmas.


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Actually, if you're in the car with the engine running and turn off the ignition but don't open the door, it should still come on, much like the radio functionality. I think the idea behind the design is to prevent accidentally draining the battery.
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Actually, if you're in the car with the engine running and turn off the ignition but don't open the door, it should still come on, much like the radio functionality. I think the idea behind the design is to prevent accidentally draining the battery.
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That's it. If the light was supposed to come on when ignition is off, it would have to be powered directly from the battery, nothing would switch it off if the door was not closed properly etc.

Now that the control boxes take care of it, those again have to be switched off after a while when ignition is switched off, in order not to drain even more battery.

Some MB features are really for the European taste and may feel odd for US owners. Some sound odd for everybody at first thought but usually when considering the pros and cons, the MB approach appears clever after all.
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Yes, but

there are lights in the trunk that go on with the ignition off. Do those stay on if you leave the trunk open or do they go off after a certain time? If yes, couldn't the same design be used for the glove box?

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there are lights in the trunk that go on with the ignition off. Do those stay on if you leave the trunk open or do they go off after a certain time? If yes, couldn't the same design be used for the glove box?

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Hey, Tom. I can't say what they have done with the trunk light in your model, in mine the light will not stay on unless you "pop" the spring switch, then it stays on until you close the trunk. I think the philosophy is that if you glance at your car you'll see a trunk standing agape (and that's pretty hard to forget to close), but you might arrive home, open the glove box and grab something out of it, forget to close it (or shut it and something obstructs it so it doesn't close), leave the car and next morning, voilà, dead battery.

If this is your first benz, I'd respectfully suggest you hang out for a few evenings with the owners' manual. I did that with my 210 (my first benz, coincidentally the first car for which I also read the manual) and learned quite a lot about the car. I was also impressed at the quantity of useful information in the manual, in the past whenever I looked at a domestic manual it was just nonsensical junk until you finally found the oil capacity, etc.

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Trunk light, tire-pressure sensors

Three trunk lights go on when the trunk is open. You are correct that it is easier to leave a glovebox open than a trunk. But many cars have a device that will turn off lights after 40 minutes if left on with the ignition off or the key not in the Aux setting.

Yes, I should read the manual and I have to some extent and I have learned some interesting tidbits.

For example, I was happy to read that each wheel has a pressure sensor that is monitored to alert you to low tire pressure. This is much better than systems that rely on different rotational speeds of tires, which indicates that one tire is smaller in diameter than the other because of a loss of air. This latter method cannot tell you which tire is low, merely that one tire is different and it is up to you to use a tire-pressure gage to find the bad tire.

However, by having individual pressure sensors the onboard computer should be able to indicate the exact tire that is bad. I was disappointed in reading the MB manual, if I read it correctly, that the computer dashboard display will merely alert you to a tire-pressure problem but will not indicate which is the bad tire. Its a pity that they did not take their more sophisticated design to a higher level of problem indication.

I hope that any MB staffer takes my comments as helpful suggestions.

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Trunk light, door entry lamps, glovebox light

I have been reading the manual and I found that "If a door remains open, the door entry lamps go out automatically after approximately 5 minutes when the SmartKey is removed or in starter switch position O."

And it says "If the trunk/cargo compartment remains open, the trunk lighting switches off automatically after approximately 10 minutes."

So if they can do the above, why can't I have the glovebox light on without having the key in the ignition setting? If I leave the glovebox open, design it so that it is turned off as with door entry lamps and trunk lighting.

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No offense intended with this post...but why is this so important or "nagging" to you?
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