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Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 1988 420SEL
Location: Vancouver, WA
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'88 W126: Not just another 'whats my code' post... seriously
Ha, okay... I have a 1988 420SEL that has the original Becker Grand Prix radio installed. There are dashes across the display.
SO, I know that this year did not have codes, but rather had to be taken to the dealer to be reset.
Now, 24 years on, with so many of these on the used market and the explosion of the internet since these were made... WHY isnt there ANYTHING online about how the dealer resets the radio?
I cant imagine that this is still some closely guarded secret. There has to be a way to pop out the unit and go in and reset it.
For all of my searching here, Google, etc. I cant find anything but other people asking what to do about their radios.
Even worse, I called the 2 MBZ dealers within over 100miles (Portland & Wilsonville, OR) and no one in the service department knows anything about it. Some I talked to were confused that it didnt have a code.
Short of 'bringing it by' spending all day and more money that it would cost to install a new deck... no one there had any answers.
Does anyone have any leads?
Also, did the '88 W126 have a different tool than later models? I bought a 'mercedes stereo removal tool' and it wouldnt get the deck out. Maybe I was doing it wrong. Thoughts?