Hi everyone. I haven't joined or posted on a message board in about 6 years so I hope I'm doing this right. My name is John and I'm 31 years old from Pennsylvania. I recently purchased a 2006 E350 with almost 53k miles. Pewter with Stone interior. You can see the pictures here.
This is my first Mercedes so I thought I'd seek any advice seasoned Mercedes owners could give me. I do have a few specific questions I hope someone would be kind enough to answer:
-The C/S button next to my shift knob. I know what they stand for, but which is better for the car? Somebody told me that the Comfort Driving mode uses more gas than the Standard mode. I've tried driving in both modes and I honestly can't tell a difference.
-Sometimes when I shut my car off after a drive with the AC on, the fan runs really loud for a few seconds and then shuts off. I've tried leaving the AC off and sometimes it still happens when I shut the car off. It's completely random. Is this normal? The car is not displaying any Service messages.
-Lastly, how do you interpret the Service messages? I read in the book that the system uses the letters A-H to tell you how long a service will approximately take. If I remember correctly, A is like 7-8 hours and H is only an hour. But how do you know exactly what service the car needs or do you just call the dealer and schedule an appointment and let them worry about it?
I hope these aren't dumb questions. Again, this is my first Mercedes and unfortunately..I'm not a car guy. Thanks in advance!