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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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"Overhead Control Panel" C320

Hello to everyone,

My local M-B Dealer has said that we need to replace the “Overhead Control Panel” to fix an ongoing battery drain problem in our 2002 C320.

Does anyone know if this is a common problem? $1200 seems a bit steep for the cure, I am tempted to live with the problem and hook up the charger at night. Is the Overhead Control Panel repairable, or available anywhere other than the Dealer? Is this something that I can access & replace myself?

Any thoughts or suggestions gratefully accepted.

I really appreciate all of the help & suggestions by everyone here.

Jay
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hard to know, but if it is draining your battery, there is nothing really that can be done. if the over head control panel is keeping the interior network alive, it will drain your battery and it will have to be replaced. you can leave it disconnected, but your interior lights will not work and if there are any other sensors connected to them, they will not work, like the interior temperature sensor. You cannot replace it yourself since it has to be coded to the vehicle. Cheers!
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OzzyQ80:

Thanks a lot for the reply & info. That is a lot more info than I had to begin with. Sounds like I will need to bit the bullet on this one & get it fixed at the Dealer. That’s Ok, I am just a bit more used to doing as much work on my cars as I can, but these later models are a long ways from the earlier iron I grew up with. Some things we just cannot do ourselves.
Your input is much appreciated!

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