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Need W168 handbook and Workshop Manual please

Hi, I'm new to this forum. Just bought wifey a 2003 A160 with a few minor problems and I would appreciate a pointer to where I can download an Owner's Handbook and the Workshop Manual and Wiring diagrams if these are available please?

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Hi Jim, and welcome to BenzWorld.

I've sent you a PM, with a link to the owner's manual and accessories brochure.

There was a Haynes W168 workshop manual published (unlike unfortunately, for W169) - I had one, and passed it on, when I sold my last W168.

Pretty sure you can find one on eBay.

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Hi Jim, and welcome to BenzWorld.

I've sent you a PM, with a link to the owner's manual and accessories brochure.

There was a Haynes W168 workshop manual published (unlike unfortunately, for W169) - I had one, and passed it on, when I sold my last W168.

Pretty sure you can find one on eBay.
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Very many thanks David, much appreciated.

Are there many W168 owners here still or have most moved on to other Merc?

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My pleasure

I'd say there are a few members, who have W168 as a second / third runaround car, someone I know from another (UK) forum, just about to buy an A190 as his third Merc.

Even though I drive a C169 A200 nowadays, I have had more than a couple of W168s over the years, both here in the UK, and in The Bahamas before that (Jap import), and done a number of mods - will be happy to share.

BTW, if you're in UK, and if your A160 is missing a folded up seat support, you're welcome to mine.

Page 169 of the manual shows where it is hidden (some people own their cars for years without ever finding it), and page 170 - how to use it.

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Are there many W168 owners here still or have most moved on to other Merc?
There are 3 here - Dave, forrera and I. forrera fixes them; not sure what he drives.

I bought one for my mother-in-law. There are still a few owners out there, I see them on the street occasionally. The numbers are dwindling as the repair quotes go up or they crash out.
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BTW, if you're in UK, and if your A160 is missing a folded up seat support, you're welcome to mine.

Page 169 of the manual shows where it is hidden (some people own their cars for years without ever finding it), and page 170 - how to use it.
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Thanks for the tip David.

Amazingly the support is there, covered in dust but not in a plastic sleeve as I would expect so it's been used at some point evidently.

But I couldn't get either seat to double fold up, they both slide forward and the backrests fold down.

I'll have a better heave at them again.

Wifey's using the car a lot so I can't get it long enough to get the headlamps off to replace the bulbs either.

Thank you too, DrX

I need to get a front bonnet grille and driver's seat lift handle and the plastic seat surround, I'm surprised those broke but they are very flimsy.

The grille isn't supported well nor framed and I can see how it will break again.

Thanks chaps.

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Good to hear. I ended up with a spare as I replaced the interior in my last W168 with a full leather one.

Seat height adjustment lever ALWAYS brakes - every W168 I bought (not brand new) had one broken. It's not that straightforward to fit either, and some people end up braking the replacement ... Here's a scan of its fitting guide.

One of the other points to check (again, every W168 I bought, had that problem), is the air supply hose to the filter box: it is almost always split / damaged / taped over near the box (about an inch off); it is also quite often fitted wrong way round, as the diameter is the same on both ends:



Best place to get both parts, is from the main dealer - these are not expensive, and often cheaper, than anything from breakers / aftermarket.

Never had a problem with the grille, replaced the last one with an A210 type, but that was just cosmetic - the old one was not broken:

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Good to hear. I ended up with a spare as I replaced the interior in my last W168 with a full leather one.

Seat height adjustment lever ALWAYS brakes - every W168 I bought (not brand new) had one broken. It's not that straightforward to fit either, and some people end up braking the replacement ... Here's a scan of its fitting guide.

One of the other points to check (again, every W168 I bought, had that problem), is the air supply hose to the filter box: it is almost always split / damaged / taped over near the box (about an inch off); it is also quite often fitted wrong way round, as the diameter is the same on both ends:



Best place to get both parts, is from the main dealer - these are not expensive, and often cheaper, than anything from breakers / aftermarket.

Never had a problem with the grille, replaced the last one with an A210 type, but that was just cosmetic - the old one was not broken:

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Thanks again David.

Air intake pipe is good, probably replaced.

I'll best get 2 seat lifter handles then and keep it handy. Wifey is short and I'm long, bound to break it then.

Ours has a black shiny grille but the chrome/silver one won't look bad either.

The second picture isn't showing?

What else are common failures or things to check?
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Sorry I meant the attachment isn't showing. It says "broken image".
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I forgot to ask by the way...

Does an ELM327 OBDII adapter fit the socket under the dash and can one be used to scan and reset general codes and display live data?

I've been using one of those on my S Type Jaguar.

Otherwise what scan tool is good for these and not expensive?

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