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96 mb e300 dw starting problems
I am new to the forum and have just got a 96 mb e300dw, and love it when it works.
I was instructed by the dealer that after inserting the key and turning it into position 2, the preglow light is on. I have to wait for the light off, then I can start the engine for a cold start. But for quite a few times, when the preglow light is on, at the same time, the red indicator lamp (locking) and green indicator lamp (unlocking) under inner rearview mirror are both blinking. When this happens, the engine can't start. This past Saturday, I did follow the above procedure but both red and green lights under the rearview mirrow were blinking again. As expected, the car can't start. Then I waited for another one to two hours before restarting, and luckily it started finally. I have learnt from a car forum that while red and green lights blinking simultaneously on inner rearview mirror, system will cut off fuel supply to engine, you will not be able to start engine at that time. This is by design as MB wants to make sure only the owners having correct keys and entering car legibly.
I am not sure mine is a case of something wrong, because I do follow the procedure above mentioned for a cold start. Because this is a 96 car, the dealer didn't sell any warranty to me. So I am here to ask for help.
Thanks a lot!