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Hi. Picked up a 95 s420 188k. Been reading the discussions and getting some great info. I always liked this car from the very first time I saw one pass me on the highway. My last car was a 99 interceptor, and I have never owned a foreign vehicle. I am used to maintaining my vehicle on my own, and was reluctant to buy such a high mileage car that I probably can't repair like i could my ford...
Had the s420 for about 2 weeks now so here's what I've found:
Radio volume control has a mind of its own (seems common). Rear climate control only blows cold. Only one headlight wiper is working. ACR and ABS lights come on but only when the car is cold (no lights when warm). I have an exterior light fault on but can't find the bad bulb (just read on here to clean and check connections) . Needs tires and alignment as it pulls to the right (it sat for about a year). Key fob only works right by the door even after new battery, and the air locks seem a little slow but I have nothing to compare them to. First moving shift when the car is cold seems a little hard and delayed. Steering almost seems to have a dead spot right in the center but otherwise very tight and responsive. Paint is good with a couple of scratches and some bubbling just starting on the wheel wells - but still great for a 15 year old new england car. Runs quiet with no leaks or noises.
I plan on upgrading the radio so I hope to find some good threads on dissasembly. Sound familiar to anyone? Maybe the previous owner is a member on here.
Well back to searching- looking for info on replacing the shifter console light so I can see what gear I'm in at night. Trying to find a local shop that carries the entry lights for the doors too - I removed a 12v 5w bulb but can't seem to find a replacement at the auto stores.
Love driving it, hope it last another 188k!
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Thanks for the welcome!! I went and started checking bulbs - found that an 1157 was installed in the passenger side stop light, and a p21/5w in the driver side stop light. The p21 was toasted and the 1157 filament looked a little melted. Replaced both bulbs to the p21/5w both are working and the exterior light failure warning light is out. Read on here the p21/5w is the proper replacement, the manual calls for something I can't seem to find in stores. So question one - is the p21/5w the correct replacement? Next I posted that my center console had no light- actually the light works but there is nothing to indicate the selected gear. Is there supposed to be a light or red stripe or anything to indicate what gear selector position you are in other than the notches for the shifter? Found the thread on the 15 climate control doors - haven't tried it yet but maybe this will help solve my rear climate problem? Thanks for the help.
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Having owned both of the cars you've mentioned (03 interceptor, 97' S420) I have to say that the Mercedes is the better car in every category (except reliability W140). Sure there are extra costs associated in owning a car like the W140 but in the end the car is very fun to drive along with being very advanced even in todays standards. Good luck with fixing those issues.
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