1993 190E 2.6 AMG "Alma", 1990 190e 2.6 Black, 2001 230SLK Magma Red
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!