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  1. What octane fuel should be used in the supercharged (Kompressor) engines.

    W203 C-Class
    I have a W203 C200 (2005MY) and I have been using 93 octane petrol. (This being South Africa, I have no idea whether that is accurate). Most filling stations have 95 octane, but it is somewhat pricier than 93. What benefits will the higher octane fuel have for the engine? I don't notice any...
  2. Bluetooth for 2005 C200 (W203)

    W203 C-Class
    I found a MB breakers yard nearby. They have plenty of radios for older and newer Mercs. The connections are all the same, with the newer ones having connections to screens with navigation, etc.. What I want to know is whether the newer (Bluetooth) radios will couple with the older (2005) W203...
  3. Bluetooth for 2005 C200 (W203)

    W203 C-Class
    I have searched high and low, but it seems that due to their scarcity, the prices seem to be higher than the original cost from MB and Viseeo. And courier costs almost amount (and sometimes exceed) the cost of the unit. The national postal service in South Africa is a black hole, so the only...
  4. M272 timing chain life

    W203 C-Class
    Ask Rodney - he has the data to help. Publish your VIN here and then it can be checked if it is in the range of engines that could have been fitted with the faulty balance shaft sprocket.
  5. Bluetooth for 2005 C200 (W203)

    W203 C-Class
    Hi Guys, good to be back. My C240 was hijacked in 2015 and since then I was pining for a Merc. I was approached by a friend whose car I had always admired last week. He was going to give it to his (recently qualified doctor) daughter, but she wanted something newer and smaller. Anyway I am...
  6. W203 C-Class Pictures Sticky

    W203 C-Class
    Picked up this little beauty today. Since my 2002 C240 was hijacked, I have been pining for a Merc. A friend sent a WhatsApp asking if I was still interested in his C200. Obviously, I said yes, but I needed to sell the VW Polo first. This happened quicker than I thought and I was able to get...
  7. Welcome to South Africa

    W203 C-Class
    I was parked outside the firm where I work. I went to the car to get some stuff and our driver arrived. I locked the car and went to talk to him. Suddenly two sons of satan rushed me and held an automatic pistol at my head and demanded the keys. They then drove off in my beloved C240. The...
  8. Need help with Central locking problem

    W203 C-Class
    Have you replaced the plastic lock cover as shown in the attached photo. The door switch is depressed by this cover. If it is not in place, the "Door open" error will show on your instrument panel.
  9. 2001 C320: where is it built? US or Germany?

    W203 C-Class
    My C240 (just the smaller engined variant of the C320) has required very minor repairs, - CPS replaced, fuel pump replaced, an idler pulley disintegrated and a door lock failed. But besides that, an awesome car with a bulletproof engine and transmission. There is 270000kms on the clock and a...
  10. Hello

    W203 C-Class
    Try moving the driver and passenger seats forward and back. This sometimes solves the light problem and will point you towards the problem being a safety belt wiring or sensor issue. These SRS codes will not require a code erase, but if you have an airbag problem, you will need to get the...
  11. Need help with Central locking problem

    W203 C-Class
    As far as the interior handle cable is concerned - because the cable had slipped out of the end holder, there was extra tension which partially opened the lock mechanism. When I stripped the cable covering back and slipped it back into the (blue plastic) holder, there was no more tension and...
  12. Need help with Central locking problem

    W203 C-Class
    Another pic for further clarification. Make sure the window is closed, then drill out the two rivets as shown in the picture. They can be replaced when the lock is back in place with 1/4" set screws and self-locking nuts. The hole shown is where I took the lock out by pressing the window guide...
  13. Need help with Central locking problem

    W203 C-Class
    I removed the door trim by removing the handle bolts and the bolt behind the airbag plastic trim piece. I unhooked the cable to the interior door handle. The window must be fully up. I drilled out the rivets for the airbag and removed the airbag. If the battery is still connected, disconnect...
  14. Need help with Central locking problem

    W203 C-Class
    When I replaced my door lock, I had the same issue and I had to remove the lock again to find the cause. In my case, the cable that connects the interior door handle to the lock had slipped out of the blue plastic holder that fits inside the door lock. I was unable to get it back into the blue...
  15. Quick (temp) fix for machine gunning lock button

    W203 C-Class
    As you can see, the repair is fairly simple, if you are handy with tools. However getting to the point where the lock is on your workbench takes a while. The door trim must be removed and the door lock removed. This requires a lot of time and a set of Torx Allen keys. You will find DIYs of...
  16. Buying a 2002 c320. Should I be skeptical? Reliability?

    W203 C-Class
    I have a 13 year old C240 with 270000kms on the clock. The 320 is just a larger engined version of the 2.6 liter 240. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone as long as it has a good service history. The 112 engine is virtually bullet-proof if it has been properly maintained and serviced...
  17. ESP unvavailable

    W203 C-Class
    Try resetting the ESP. With the engine running, turn the steering lock to lock a few times and see if this sorts out the problem. This is normally done after all power from the battery is removed, like installing a new battery, but it might just sort out your ESP problem.
  18. W203 C-Class Pictures Sticky

    W203 C-Class
    Scott, this is a picture thread. If you want assistance, go to the forum and start a new thread. You will get help there.
  19. Quick (temp) fix for machine gunning lock button

    W203 C-Class
    I had a door lock button that started "machine gunning". It requires removal of the door trim panel and removing the lock and replacing a spring. Quite a job! What I did is to take a small zip tie and insert it into the hole alongside the button, then trimmed it flush with the top of the door...
  20. Door latch not working

    W203 C-Class
    UPDATE.. A good friend had a lock from a car that had been in a collision. He let me have it as he no longer required it. Now the door locks properly, but I now have an SRS error message. I drove the car with the door airbag removed and this obviously threw a code. Will I need to have this...
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