"First, my ashtray is in all sorts off trouble. About a month ago, I noticed the ashtray light bulb was burnt. So, I went and got the bulb, (thinking...how hard could it possibly be?) boy was I wrong! I'd like to meet the German engineer that designed this one. The placement of the bulb is unbelievably difficult to get to. Not to mention, the socket is plastic, and it clips into place. Well, it doesn't clip in there very well because the damn thing fell back behind the ashtray, out of reach. I figured I could take the ashtray out and get the socket back into place."
same issue here with 1999 S420: how to remove the ashtray frame ('base')...to re-insert the bulb socket, to then replace burnt-out ashtray bulb...
"I actually subscribed to alldata yesterday thanks to a link from V12uberalles.com's discount code for $9.95 for 6 months. I guess I have to stock up on printer paper and ink! I'll be printing a complete manual for my car!"
Would you have the link you had referred to--for the alldata subscription?