Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: W204 C320CDI 2009 and W639 Vito 115CDI 2006
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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SCN Coding by Independents or DIY
My understanding is that MB have locked their system down so much that it's damn near impossible to fit a new electric component yourself. You used to be able to transfer the coding from the old component to the new but I think that can't be done anymore.
For example if I purchased a brand new COMAND control unit from the dealer for $800 they would still have to go online to MB in Germany to code the raw control unit. Am I correct with this?
So even if I took the COMAND unit home and installed it myself it would not work until I took the car back to the dealers for them to do the coding and charge me about $200 for the privilege.
If this is the case it's anti competitive behaviour and forcing you to use one supplier. I'm sure it's against our commerce laws.
It would be no different to having a combination lock on the sump plug that prevented you draining the oil. The dealer network would be forcing you to take the car to them to have the sump plug unlocked.
If someone could enlighten me it would be appreciated. I'd like to take MB on through the "Australian Competition and Consumer Commission"
I'm riding for you #52, my dear son Cameron 1985-2009
2009 W204 C320CDI C Class sedan with Quaife LSD
2006 W639 115CDI Vito LWB Van for hauling motorcycles
2008 W164 ML320CDI Edition 10 (daughter's but I look after it)
2011 VW Polo 6R Hatch
2008 Honda CBR600RR race/track motorcycle
2010 Suzuki GSXR750 race/track motorcycle
2011 KTM 530 EXC Enduro motorcycle
Last edited by Scott52; 07-23-2014 at 05:20 PM.