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New Benz owner, drives great, have a few questions:

Hi everyone,

first off thanks to the forum, based on all the info here we decided a Mercedes is right for us and ruled out our other options.
In the end we bought a 1999 E-class 4matic station wagon. We wanted a 1999 due to the better reliability rating this one gets on consumerreports but also wanted ESP, and thats what we found. High miles (183k) but in cosmetically excellent hsape, and so far in great mechanical shape too, but we shall see. At least this way we have money left for repairs. I am a DIY guy, with my history with Volkswagen campers and putting Subaru engines into those, so I hope I will be able to wrench on the Mercedes when it becomes necessary.
So while its running good, I would like to address the smaller issues. Some things I already read up in the archives, if I still ask questions that are commonly asked, apologies in advance, and a link to an existing thread would be greatly appreciated.

-as all of these they need to be polished which I read up on, but maybe since these are xenon ones they have chrome rings that are flaking off. Can I just pull the chrome rings off? really dont need the chrome look.

-cd player is not really finding discs, but I would anyway prefer to do some sort of line-in for ipod/slacker. Would like to keep stock stereo, where can I hack in? Isee it has a tape button, is there a free connection accessible?
-phone: came with the original benz labeled motorola phone. are there adapters for modern day phones available?

Climate control:
-works great, except sometimes the fan does not work. cured by shutting the car off and restarting. common disease?

-dealer claimed it works, but said the day before pickup it did bind a little and he had to push it a bit. so I want to be armed with knowledge and good whether when trying it. I suppose grease the tracks first?

seat covers, floor mats:
-would like to get rear seat covers (dog, kid) is there a recommended best brand? same for floor mats.

thanks so much everyone
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I forgot the nearly most important question - which repair manuals can I get? I see there is no Haynes available for the w210, my usual staple....
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