Hi there Benzworld..
Thought about making a thread about my car for as long as I had it, but since it's totally standard and it's going to stay relatively standard probably for as long as I own it I thought; why make a thread? Who would read it? Well here it is.
No big mod's, no Wide Body kits and no 20" wheels with bagged suspension. But it's nice to have a log for improvements such as repairs, new wheels, DIY's etc.
I'm basically new to Mercedes. This is my first Benz and I love it. Coming from the VAG world I was heavy into "the modding fever" and I still have a VW (aka the family wagon). It's a 2008 Golf Variant 1.4 TSI twincharger remapped to 190hp from 140hp. Otherwise standard, except for some 17" Audi RS6 wheels which I had laying around and a RNS510 Navi headunit. Good car, excellent mileage and big enough for our family of three. It's a keeper and the missus love it.
Some of the previous VAG's we've had..
2001 Audi S3 8L (remapped to 270hp, Bilstein/HR, Dahlbäck Racing intake, Forge FMIC.. God I loved that little Pocket Rocket)
2004 Audi A3 8P (Lambo replicas and Weitec suspension)
1999 VW Lupo (well bad picture and it was mostly the missus who drove it
2003 VW Polo (mostly the missus who drove it
2005 Audi A4 B7 (totally OEM)
2010 VW Golf 2.0 TDI 4Motion (Eibach springs and wheels)
So back to my new found taste for big, comfy and grand cars. Being a car nut I've always appreciated most Mercedes models, but I enjoyed smaller and more agile vehicles more and never really pictured my self drive a big solid Benz. But when my buddy bought a mint condition 1980 450 SLC I was sold. What a car!! I searched the web for the right Benz for me, and I would have
bought a W 210 E55 AMG or a 560 SEC in a heartbeat, if it weren't that Our Economy
(read: my wife) didn't agree. Having spend a lot of money on cars over the years and having an 18 month old daughter, I let the thought go. Remember cars are to-three times more expensive up in the scandinavian part of the woods
So I searched for a more reasonable 320. The day came and my E320 was a one owner when I bought it and well taken care of. There's rust several places but since it had an anti corrosion treatment at some point it's in decent shape after all. If I find the money for it, I will get the rear wheel arches fixed and put on two new fenders with fresh paint. Otherwise it's in good shape throughout. It's been serviced correctly and has as full history from the stealer.
There's been some minor things though and while some are fixed already, some still needs attention. Hence this thread and log
I'll make a list of what I've done and what I want to do in the near future.. there will be some small modding but first pictures from today.. Nikon D40 (old) and me as a photographer.. Not the best combo, but you'll get the idea..
The OK list:
Replaced two front springs. One was broken!!
Replaced both front link bars for the roll bar. There was a knocking sound from the front right area
Replaced transmission fluid as it never was changed. Car had 123000kms on the odometer so it was due.
Reset the tranny as per instructions found here. I love those "hidden" easter eggs.
Read the fault codes. Several minor errors and also something about fuel trim left side or something. The car behaved good so I wasn't too worried.
Bought a new OE Bosch MAF. I cleaned the old one as the engine never really felt like it had 224hp.. and my mech told me that the fault codes could be related to the MAF. It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't strong in the upper rev range. It helped nothing to clean it. There were most annoyingly a strange problem with the tranny which couldn't decide what to do under WOT. Very undecisive and jerky. With the new MAF that problem went away, the engine felt 10 times stronger and the mileage improved like 10-20%. Best 150$ I've spend in a long time.
Flushed the PSF as per the routine found here. I had the "squeaky steering" problem and it is gone now. Could be the weather or the flush could have cured it? If it returns I'll flush again and add the Lubrisol I bought.
Bought some OE decals for the trunk lid. Someone put fake decals there after repaint maybe..fixed now!
Bought new rubber mats. Not OE but remarkable good quality given the price.
Bought new Philips D2r xenon bulbs. I couldn't see nothing at night..
Bought new LED DRL bulbs. The old yellow just stood out too much for my vanity to cope with..
Added fuel additives to clean up the fuel system. Difficult to know exactly if it did any good as I did it when replacing the MAF.
Bought new used OE 17x8.5" SL wheels. Decided not to keep them as I'm afraid I will get to much tire stretch with 235/45s.. and I don't like that unless the car is lowered and I would have had to buy lugs for roughly 100$ in addition SOLD
Bought new used W210 sport 17x7.5" wheels. Similar to these:
Cleaned the leather seats with leather cleaner, a soft brush and microfibre cloths. Man, 13 years of grime is nasty. The previous owner were an old man and I bet he never did anything to clean those seats. Rear seats were never sat in I think. Absolutely like new.
Bought a new rear bumper impact strip Crashed with my neighbors BMW.. I can't stand dents, scratches or faulty paint so..
[I] 08.04.13 OK
Brake fluid change, radiator coolant flush, Climate service/leak test, Climate cleaning. OK
Replaced the window wiper.
Bought new tires. 235/45-17 Pirelli P7 Cintauro
Work in Progress > Glass/Walnut blasted & Powder coat OE 17" Sport wheels. Chrome-Silver-ish
Replaced brake pedal connector No BAS/ESP warning lights for a week now.. well it popped right back up. Hmm.. Lateral Accelration Sensor?
Bought a OE repair kit for the park light. Time to get rid og that "Lamp defective" warning sign..
Powder coated wheels and new fresh rubber mounted Sweet! These Pirelli tires are definitely the most quit tires I've ever had on any of my cars!!
The to do list:
Paint calipers and hubs silver Having a more open designed wheel coming I have to freshen things up a little.. sandpaper, Hammerite Smooth Silver and a fine brush will help.
Replace the multibelt, tensioner and idle wheel It's the old one.. I guess this has top priority.
Find out why the rear right brakes squeal every time I apply the brakes when reversing. I've taken out the pads and cleaned the calipers as much as I could and at the same time I applied a fair amount of copper paste to the pads while I was at it.. but no luck there.
Replace the climate fan control unit It's hissing and making strange sounds.. otherwise fine. This has been reduced to almost nothing after beeing pressure tested, drained and filled up again.
Replace engine mounts to eliminate any vibrations from the driveline There's some vibrations from the driveline, but it's not annoying atm.
Have a look at the flex discs and replace if there's cracks or other defects No clunking or other noises present, but I'd rather replace now than wear on pther parts that are connected to the discs.
Replace 3 parking sensors. To get a fully functioning parktronic without the random beep noises.
The not so realistic but nice to have list:
Tinted windows all round. 3M smoked tint.. just enough to give me that privacy look..
Get some rust removed. I think I found (one of) the best W210 on the market rust wise, but rust is still creeping up everywhere. Especially the rear wheel arches are rusty. Snow and salt.. gotta love it.
Re trim the interior with some 3M Di-Noc carbon fibre vinyl. Wooden interiors belongs on boats, in saloons or in British Racing Green painted sports car with tanned interior.. or something. I'm used to it by now, but I know the interior would look MUCH better without it..
Do the X-Pipe and resonator delete. The smooth V6 engine should be slightly louder under WOT.
Soooo... that's me and my W210. Thanks for reading! I'm not saying my car is anything special but it is mine and I love to drive it. I will update the thread every time something is done or new plans emerge and post pictures 'cause we all love that right?
Please feel free to give me advice or feedback in any way and at the same time I wish to thank you for learning me the little knowledge I have gathered about the Mercedes Benz brand.. This forum is the best car forum I have ever come across so cudos to you!