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The least expensive basic code reder is $25, and comes out of China and takes about 3 weeks to receive it by mail. Also has the advantage of being the smallest, so fits well in the glove box:

Code Reader Scanner OBD2 4 Mercedes Benz S & E Class: eBay Motors (item 180566000526 end time Oct-24-10 19:33:05 PDT)

For basic code reader on internet retail, or waiting for a auto parts store sale or coupon offer, the next price range is like $40. Places like Advance Auto Parts will run "coupon sales" online that will take a baisc for $60 and discount to $40, and you print the coupon and picture of the item, and magically the local retail store will have that item and will price match if you have print out in hand:

Amazon.com: Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBD-II Scan Tool: Automotive: Reviews, Prices & more

The next step up in readers is one that also does "live data" which will run $105-$140.

Just so you know, Harbor Freight will be runniing a non-contact infra red thermometer on sale Black Friday weekend for $20 - which will be a good score too.

Don'ty go crazed on a tech manual, really, most DIY's for a W210 are more adequately covered here either in the "stickies" above, or using a froum search.

WIS can give you outline drawings for any particular job, same as the manual.

Keep the faith !
 

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fabbrisd1..........I'm still trying now and then to figure these out, "live data" is that the same as multiplex?....I only have the 38 pin socket,I've seen adaptor leads....If I had the OBD11 it seems a lot more straight forward....I had my friends garage plug their diagnostics in and it read everything,but that's a big "laptop" in a case...So the 38 pin plug must provide enough info,I just can't suss out what to buy to plug into it!:confused: Obviously I don't want a cheapo 10 quid glorified watch,same as most things I'd sooner pay a bit more for something that works.........How about this? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....017779&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_3578wt_902
 

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Sorry mate, a OBDII scanner is not going to help with the MB-Euro 38 pin connector.

The OBDII-to-38 pin adapter plugs won't work on the MB.

The laptop thing - since the 38 pin W210's are rare here in the US, since we had OBDII - there are some that have used Carsoft 7.4 and the 38 pin cable.
 

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Sorry mate, a OBDII scanner is not going to help with the MB-Euro 38 pin connector.

The OBDII-to-38 pin adapter plugs won't work on the MB.

The laptop thing - since the 38 pin W210's are rare here in the US, since we had OBDII - there are some that have used Carsoft 7.4 and the 38 pin cable.
Huh?

I seem to recall Henry saying that he bought an adapter cable on ebay.hk for like eight bucks that allowed him to plug an OBD-II code reader into the 38-pin diagnostic port and read and erase codes. Nothing more than if plugged into an OBD-II port, of course, but that would be expected.
 

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My friends who have tried the adapter cable - said it didn't work for them.

It's a low cost item in ZUK - like USD$12 - so could be worth a shot - I am just saying my (3) UK-FR friends that tried tried the cable, said it didn't work for them.

In the end, there there was aquestion as to whether or not their Euro cars were OBDII compliant to begin with, and between the Brit and the Frenchies, once they started argusing with each other, as usual no clear answer from any of them - all (3) were 96-97-98, (2) W210's and (1) W140.

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WHICH IS THE MOST RECOMMENDED READER, AND ARE THE MANUALS ON MERCEDESMANUAL.COM ANY GOOD
FYI---------------The manuals are good!!

The code reader------like everything else in life folks differentiate their products by varing the features----typically more features more bucks.

What do you want to be able to do with your reader???

Also like most have said MB in the USA can be diagnosed two ways---the USG mandated OBDII engine emissions related faults or the under hood 38 pin connector where the dealer uses its Star System, which is a very costly and proprietary diagnostic system that communicates with all the modules on the car that the OBD II can't.

Yes the Chinese and others have tried to cheaply knock off the MB Star product and Car soft product, but those systems seem to be very iffy at best, but cheap for folks who want to take the chance and then run to the various forums for help after they don't or partially work.

The lust to get "something for nothing with MB diagnostics" is paramount in the used MB or out of warranty market!!

Good luck in your search!!
 

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Get a Carchip for about the same price. Search for Carchip online or ebay.
OBD reader is just a code reader. The Carchip records, clears OBD code and other performance data (speed, brakings, rpm, O2 voltages, ...) while plugged into the same OBD port of your car. Remove Carchip from the car, plug it into your computer, you can see data displayed, graphed, timed on your computer.
 
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