Date registered: Feb 2013
Vehicle: 1995 Mercedes S500 Coupe
Location: Pearl City, HI
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I joined a few months back but haven't gotten around to introducing myself due to personal reasons.
2nd Generation Japanese-American living with my parents in Hawaii.
My dad gave me his 1995 S500 Coupe about a year ago (he wasn't driving it much).
I'm not going to lie.
Me being here is a grim outlook on my future dealings with this vehicle.
I love this car.
Not only because it's a Benz, but because of...everything else.
The seats, the way it runs, the powerful engine, even the old-fashioned look.
The sounds...my god the sounds are...orgasmic with the right music.
However, because it's a Benz is why I may need to fix it up and get rid of it (however much I don't want to).
I'm not all that rich (in fact I'm living paycheck to paycheck), and neither is my family.
When it comes to dealing with vehicles I can do the little things most car owners are supposed to know how to do.
However, when it comes to non-Japanese or non-American vehicles, my mind slips and I begin to panic.
Looking around this site helped me with that (I couldn't find where the Coolant tank was because the Manual didn't clearly show where it was).
And my tools are limited.
We have the basic tools to get by, but get beyond what our Ratchet kit has and it's like going on a fishing trip without extra lines and tackles.
My knowledge of cars are slim as well, even with the one's I'm most familiar with.
...sorry, I'm rambling.
The main problems I'm having are:
-Power Steering assist
*It's a work out to turn the steering wheel, if I turn it enough sometimes the Power Steering will kick in and make it easier (especially when turning to the right).
It's not the fluid, I checked that.
It may be another problem, but it's not the Power Steering as a whole since the wheel corrects itself after a turn, and (like I said) sometimes turning is easy, if I attempt to cock it.
*This I can probably fix, we'll see. I'm pretty sure it's the blower. Even when it's on air won't come out.
*This I can probably fix as well, however it's probably not the bulb (which sucks). Bulb likes to turn on and work once in a great while.
-Left yellow, blinker light thing
*Doesn't turn on with the headlights. Not a HUGE problem since it still works as the Blinker signal, so it's kinda at the bottom.
-Left Side Mirror
*Does not want to move up or down. Not a big problem, but something I'd like to deal with.
-Left Tail light
*Half of it doesn't turn on.
This is the bulb, I can do this...
*There's a spot on the roof next to the sunroof (right on the corner) that's rusting a little.
And the coating on my trunk is fading and slowly chipping off.
These I can deal with.
-Headlight Switch (Knob. Might be the switch too)
(This is actually what caused me to post this. I'm currently in my car, typing all of this out on my phone, trying to figure out how to get this to work so I can get to...work. It's 0345hrs, btw)
*For a while, this is the main problem of my existence with this vehicle.
Everything else I can work with.
The switch stopped working properly a few months back, at first the Fog Lights wouldn't turn on (no big deal, but it's not the bulbs. Like the middle tail light, they like to work once in a great while).
Then, it would turn on, by itself, in the middle of the night. Even killed my battery once (got a jump from my neighbor, haven't replaced the battery yet...anyone know where I can get one? Or is the one from Walmart okay?)
I had to tape the switch to one spot to get it to stop.
THEN the stopper things on the switch (the ones that stops the arrow on the different modes) began to get mixed up with the wirings.
I can have the switch cocked all the way to the right (passed the mode) and have the yellow lights, and dashboard display on when it's supposed to be regular headlight ON functions.
THEN (a few hours ago) the lights wouldn't turn on at all...
THEN (a couple hours ago) if I cock the switch all the way to the left, the headlights will turn on.
Bring it back a little to the middle, headlights off - Display lights on.
Middle to right nothing.
NOW (because I keep playing with it)...it's....it's a mess.
I don't want to leave because I don't want the light to turn on by itself and leave me with a dead battery...
I need help.
If I can really fix this up and keep it maintained, I'd like to keep it.
If I can't then I need it decent enough to get something out of it.
Please...for the love of god...I need help...
Thanks for reading.
Hope I get to stick around for years to come...
Last edited by Delta8O8; 05-23-2013 at 08:50 AM.