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I was messing with the ac codes the other night and left the dome light on. Next day car was dead. I tried jumping it and it sounded like the battery was toast. Pulled the back seat and it was a mercur battery from battery plus. Only 690 cca. It was vented. I searched and high and low on the forums and decided not to call MB roadside since the car has not been in since I owned it. Lots of parts at the parts counter but no maintenance that would qualify me for the RSA. I do have AAA but wanted the best battery for the buck. I was going to do Interstate for a round 155.00 but after reading lots I wanted to go to Walmart. Well they did not have that size and I am not a big Walmart supporter so it was for the best.. So decided to do Autozone since I was reading lots of good info on those Duralast and they are Johnson Controls. Went to Costco too and they do not carry this size/vented at all anymore either. I had read the Duralast was vented too w/o a kit. I went to the counter and they guy was not very helpful. I asked he said no. The holes where there so I just reused the tube a already had. He seemed really bent out of shape when I asked again. But 133.00 was a good price and 8 year warranty and 3 year replacement and as close as you can get to OEM I think. Also online the CAA was listed as 850 and the battery shows 790. Still much better than 690 and I live a mild part of Oregon so It will be OK. Car ran great on the other one. I am going to watch the voltage regulator and alternator though. I have not seen any signs at all of any issues. I assume the battery was on it's last legs since it would not jump after it drained. I have no records on when the other battery was placed. But this forum is indispensable and the other ones on different sites are not used nearly as much for up to date info. Also nothing except the radio needed to be re synced. I was happy it all worked out. Drove the w201 the last few days and it really is a sporty sedan vs. the w210. The 190 still needs quite a bit but it is not as nice but drives much differently. But the shifting on the transmission makes me happy to get the 320 back!! And I love the sound the 104 engine makes. Even at 213K it sounds terrific!
 

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If it were me I wouldn't waste my time with an expensive battery since, if they dont work their still covered under warranty but all will eventually fail. I have a napa battery and an ac delco battery. Both do the job but there was about a $50 difference. I'd go with ac delco though. I've heard duralast batteries are junk. Same with napa batteries.
 

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You live in Oregon-little colder than California. My W210 Wagon has a Autolite 84 P/N 49-84. It's ratings are, and they are printed on the battery loud and clear..

0 Degrees it's 850 cold cranking Amps...
32 Degrees it 1000 cold cranking Amps...

This battery weighs a ton....

My S500 W140 has more fancy electronics it has 690 which weighs nothing to the Autolite.

My S320 W140 has the factory battery, and that battery weighs a ton too..

Not tell you to go buy it by weight, buy you will find the longer lasting battery's just weigh more.

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Well my choices in Oregon are:

Mercedes of Salem wanted 175.00 (at the parts counter not installed)
Napa was 139.00
Sears 149.00
O'Reilys 136.00-160.00
Interstate 157.00
Autozone 138.00
Costco N/A
Walmart N/A
No Pep Boys in whole state. Nearest is Seattle area!
No Advanced Auto here either...

And the Durlast weighs a ton. And quite larger than the Mercur. Just researching on what I read the last 2 days and it was a lot that the Durlast was the best choice and best warranty. And think about 8 years... I seriously doubt I would have the car anymore. Or minimum would not be my DD...With 213K not sure how much more I can get. It does have very minor rear seepage ( not really a leak) on the head which my indie in Salem says will need eventually. Which I will get done in the next 6 months or so. He wants 1400 which I think is good. Beyond my abilities. Car is not worth much and I enjoy it quite a bit. Would like a w211 but the 210 is of better quality and deep down inside I think it if is says Daimler-Chrysler on the door it is not quite the same as Daimler AG... I have deep seeded opinions going back to my child hood about Chrysler. Never in a million years would I have thought it would be remotely possible they could have merged. Anyway thanks for the input and may have opened a can of worms here...I do it all the time at work:rolleyes:
 

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Go with the longest 100% replacement warranty.

Seepage?from the window?

W211, just stay away 722.9 transmission. If you think you got issues with any 722.6, the dollars and cents triple with the 722.9. I believe all the large engine W211's have a 722.6 in them.

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Very slow leak which is more like seepage from the rear of the head gasket ... I assume the orginal which is great for that milage . Not even a big enough leak to leave oil on the ground . Yes and mine is the second tranmission and the car is a very early edition 97 built in August 96 so it had all the early issues. But the W211 looks stand up better over time . Thanks for the info and I would be apt to go with a e500 ...
 

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Bad news is that vented batteries are not very common and you are at the mercy of suppliers.
Single battery for W210 cost more than a pair of batteries for my Superduty giving me 2000 CCA.
I am said Costco quit carrying those batteries as $80 for 100 month batteries was great deal, even when the battery died after 49 months and I took the prorated cash back.
Anybody check Sam's? They used to have good supply of batteries.
 

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I've put Walmart batteries in two my MBs. Both croaked about one month before the warranty expired and Walmart put new batteries in both of them for no cost. They also told me if the new batteries didn't last out the warranty, they'd put new ones in again for no cost. How can you beat that?
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Well my choices in Oregon are:

Mercedes of Salem wanted 175.00 (at the parts counter not installed)
Napa was 139.00
Sears 149.00
O'Reilys 136.00-160.00
Interstate 157.00
Autozone 138.00
Costco N/A
Walmart N/A
No Pep Boys in whole state. Nearest is Seattle area!
No Advanced Auto here either...
Hey Fact150,

I replaced the original battery with Duralast from Autozone in June 2007 and it is still running quite well. I paid about $80 with 8 yrs warranty. Personally, I don't think Duralast is heavier than the original one.

Just my opinion,

Tom.
 

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I just bought a new MB battery today. Yes, I paid too much for it. But I like knowing it has that 3 point star on it. I don't really want to admit how much I paid for it. lol

I replaced what I believe to be the original battery and was just tested today and was not holding a full charge. Also replaced the "V-Belt" with a brand new one. The new one was much tighter than the one I replaced. I believe it may be the original "V-Belt" I replaced today at 141k miles.

I will do Advance Auto Parts rebuilt alternators as they are the same OEM part just rebuilt and warranted for life. Same with most of the light bulbs. Most everything else is OEM for me. I do like ceramic brake pads though. lol
 

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Check your belt tensioner to see if it is the correct "new style" tensioner - do a forum search where you will find a shot - either a torx driver or a torx socket on the fitting tells you which is which.

Keep the beat !
 

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my '99 E320 had an Interstate when I bought the car in Oct of '05. Still in there and working great.
 

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my '99 E320 had an Interstate when I bought the car in Oct of '05. Still in there and working great.
I was really leaning towards Interstate but I was thinking it was not vented and would need to be adapted and availability was an issue. What I reading was anything coming from Johnson Control was the better batteries.

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My last 2 batteries were duralast from autozone. cheap and no problems.
That is what I had read quite a bit. Car is fine after a week and no charging issues etc... If I had a Pep Boys I would have gone that route. But all batteries in the US are licensed so your not really buying the brand .

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