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I haven't seen a thread that completely covers the step by step startup procedure for a 107 so I thought I'd post mine.

1. Check the weather report for temperature minimum (mid 50's or better) and chance of precipitation (scattered showers or clearer).

2. Step into the glove soft leather driving shoes (no metal instep allowing better foot flex in the tight compartment).

3. Go out to the driveway and move from 1 to 3 vehicles into the yard to allow access to the street.

4. Open the driveway gates at the front edge of the back yard.

5. Remove any dog droppings in the path from the parking pad to the driveway.

6. Approach driver's side of car and untie the car cover rope from the side view mirror. Unloop from passenger side mirror.

7. Remove cover slowly in order to fully appreciate the beauty that is emerging. Ball up the cover and stuff into trunk.

8. Remove Key and Laurel Key Ring (Performance Products Part #99-904 $15.59 ea.) from master key carabiner (don't ask).

9. Unlock and open driver's door and drop master key carabiner into door pocket.

10. Pop the rear release for the soft top. Fold back of top forward to pop the boot cover.

11. Sit in the driver's seat, insert the key into the ignition with the obverse side of Laurel Key Ring FACING the dash (VERY important).

12. Open the glove compartment door and remove the single convertible top handle that came with the car. Unlock the passenger side windshield top lock, followed by the driver's side top lock. Put tool back into glove compartment.

13. Just like the floor numbering system in high rise buildings, there is no 13.

14. Remove ultra cool shades from glove compartment and put on face. Check in rear view mirror for proper alignment.

15. Get out of driver's seat and fold soft top into boot. Push the part that sticks out into the boot. Walk behind car and push other side that sticks up into boot.

16. Close boot cover.

17. Manually pull Hishmann power antenna mast up to maximum available extension.

18. Sit in driver's seat. Turn key to start car.

19. Turn key again, this time blipping gas pedal lightly since it's mechanical fuel injection. Ensure that Laurel Key Ring has flipped properly to face into cabin.

20. Lower both windows.

21. Release the Parking Brake.

22. Put car into drive and pull forward through back yard and onto driveway beside house.

23. Put car in Park and set Parking Brake.

24. Since the car was probably put away after dark the last time, dust or wash any foreign objects from the car. Dry thoroughly.

25. Open trunk and remove bottle of wheel cleaner, wheel nut brush and terry towel from car care milk crate.

26. Apply wheel cleaner to all 4 wheels, following all instructions as directed. Rinse and dry. Put wheel care supplies back in trunk.

27. Depending on destination, open glove compartment and remove box of silver Mercedes valve stem covers and replace the black valve stem caps. Put black valve stems caps in box and replace in glove compartment.

28. Turn fully warmed engine off, pop hood and check oil level. If there's oil on the dipstick, wipe and replace. Otherwise, add one or more quarts from supply in car care milk crate in trunk.

29. Wipe any spilled oil from valve cover and replace oil filler cap with Star logo correctly oriented and close hood.

30. Sit in driver's seat. Close door and curse loudly while turning awkwardly to reach back for the shoulder belt that was not laid on seat back before sitting in the car.

31. Inspect belt for excessive wear and attach.

32. Turn key to start car. Admire Laurel Key Ring.

33. Lock driver's door and quickly look to see the passenger door lock move to the locked position (that's SO cool).

34. Adjust the driver's side view mirror that has dropped down from opening and closing the door repeatedly.

35. Readjust ultra cool sunglasses in rearview mirror.

36. Adjust radio volume to lowest setting but still audible.

37. Release parking brake, depress brake pedal and shift into drive.

38. Ease to end of driveway. When clear, gently accelerate onto the road while listening to the happy burble of the little V-8.

39. Smile.

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Digmenow said:
I haven't seen a thread that completely covers the step by step startup procedure for a 107 so I thought I'd post mine.

1. Check the weather report for temperature minimum (mid 50's or better) and chance of precipitation (scattered showers or clearer).

2. Step into the glove soft leather driving shoes (no metal instep allowing better foot flex in the tight compartment).

3. Go out to the driveway and move from 1 to 3 vehicles into the yard to allow access to the street.

4. Open the driveway gates at the front edge of the back yard.

5. Remove any dog droppings in the path from the parking pad to the driveway.

6. Approach driver's side of car and untie the car cover rope from the side view mirror. Unloop from passenger side mirror.

7. Remove cover slowly in order to fully appreciate the beauty that is emerging. Ball up the cover and stuff into trunk.

8. Remove Key and Laurel Key Ring (Performance Products Part #99-904 $15.59 ea.) from master key carabiner (don't ask).

9. Unlock and open driver's door and drop master key carabiner into door pocket.

10. Pop the rear release for the soft top. Fold back of top forward to pop the boot cover.

11. Sit in the driver's seat, insert the key into the ignition with the obverse side of Laurel Key Ring FACING the dash (VERY important).

12. Open the glove compartment door and remove the single convertible top handle that came with the car. Unlock the passenger side windshield top lock, followed by the driver's side top lock. Put tool back into glove compartment.

13. Just like the floor numbering system in high rise buildings, there is no 13.

14. Remove ultra cool shades from glove compartment and put on face. Check in rear view mirror for proper alignment.

15. Get out of driver's seat and fold soft top into boot. Push the part that sticks out into the boot. Walk behind car and push other side that sticks up into boot.

16. Close boot cover.

17. Manually pull Hishmann power antenna mast up to maximum available extension.

18. Sit in driver's seat. Turn key to start car.

19. Turn key again, this time blipping gas pedal lightly since it's mechanical fuel injection. Ensure that Laurel Key Ring has flipped properly to face into cabin.

20. Lower both windows.

21. Release the Parking Brake.

22. Put car into drive and pull forward through back yard and onto driveway beside house.

23. Put car in Park and set Parking Brake.

24. Since the car was probably put away after dark the last time, dust or wash any foreign objects from the car. Dry thoroughly.

25. Open trunk and remove bottle of wheel cleaner, wheel nut brush and terry towel from car care milk crate.

26. Apply wheel cleaner to all 4 wheels, following all instructions as directed. Rinse and dry. Put wheel care supplies back in trunk.

27. Depending on destination, open glove compartment and remove box of silver Mercedes valve stem covers and replace the black valve stem caps. Put black valve stems caps in box and replace in glove compartment.

28. Turn fully warmed engine off, pop hood and check oil level. If there's oil on the dipstick, wipe and replace. Otherwise, add one or more quarts from supply in car care milk crate in trunk.

29. Wipe any spilled oil from valve cover and replace oil filler cap with Star logo correctly oriented and close hood.

30. Sit in driver's seat. Close door and curse loudly while turning awkwardly to reach back for the shoulder belt that was not laid on seat back before sitting in the car.

31. Inspect belt for excessive wear and attach.

32. Turn key to start car. Admire Laurel Key Ring.

33. Lock driver's door and quickly look to see the passenger door lock move to the locked position (that's SO cool).

34. Adjust the driver's side view mirror that has dropped down from opening and closing the door repeatedly.

35. Readjust ultra cool sunglasses in rearview mirror.

36. Adjust radio volume to lowest setting but still audible.

37. Release parking brake, depress brake pedal and shift into drive.

38. Ease to end of driveway. When clear, gently accelerate onto the road while listening to the happy burble of the little V-8.

39. Smile.

Did I miss anything?
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NormanB said:
Dig, you have way too much time on your hands. :bowdown:
What?! Twenty minutes, tops and I'm down the road...Oh, you mean the post.
Oh well, what can I say?
 

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Holy crap - I generally just drop the top and turn the key. You do have too much time on your hands - get some kids.
 

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I think it was around the valve stem cap swap that I started to get really, really worried.

Have you discussed this behavior with your analyst yet...?
 

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:eek: It took me longer to read that than it does to get in mine and fire out the driveway. I think you owe us all a pic of the "Laurel Key Ring". I know I'll sleep better tonight with that knowledge.
 

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you forgot to add ,after you pull out the driveway,go to your local gas station for some expensive premium fuel
 

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^^^
Since gas goes up daily, I try to fill it up before I park it, thereby assuring myself of the best price. I checked my owners manual and it says 87 octane and then something else about 91 but it doesn't use the word octane. I'll reread but I've been using regular from the day I got the car.
 

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Nascar Fan said:
:eek: It took me longer to read that than it does to get in mine and fire out the driveway. I think you owe us all a pic of the "Laurel Key Ring". I know I'll sleep better tonight with that knowledge.
Look at the badge on your hood.

Oh, all right then, here's a pic...



Laurel Key Ring

The valve stem caps came from the dealer but you can order them also. Do what I did. The kids (mine are grown) are always bugging me for what I want for birthdays, Father's day and other assorted gift related holidays. At less than 20 bucks for a set, you feel good that you aren't asking for something that costs outrageous $$$ and they feel good when they see your face light up as you get what you want instead of a book of golf jokes and a calendar.

When you hold one of these in your hand, you KNOW...
This ain't no Chivvy!

I got the silver set in the center. They feel heavy and well machined. They probably add 5 lbs to the unsprung weight but WTF, yanno?
Wonder who's gonna get the AMG set, now? Hmm? Hmmmm?



Tire Valve-Stem Covers
 

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I hope you don't mean me, Cuz the only thing they make I don't like is there wheels. I mean 107's are "more classy". Those AMG wheels look like there for cars that can smoke the rear wheels. If mine could do that for twenty or so feet, I'd be first in line.:mad:But those blue ones are looking perty nice.
 

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ConorD said:
I got the black ones!

And now I want one of your key rings...
Must work on some children so I can get one for my birthday (a key ring, that is).
Remember, if you get it, you MUST insert the key into the ignition with the emblem (obverse) facing the dash. When you turn the key to start the car, it flips over to face you. Otherwise, you're looking at a plain silver disc (reverse) while you're driving and that just won't do.

I almost went this way as I have heard these came with the car when you bought it but I'm a sucker for the shiny stuff.



eBay Motors: Genuine Mercedes Leather key holder RARE HARD TO FIND (item 220109775580 end time May-16-07 06:09:21 PDT)

Dig's edit: In case you aren't a numismatic, the Indian is the obverse and the buffalo is the reverse.

 

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Digmenow said:
Remember, if you get it, you MUST insert the key into the ignition with the emblem (obverse) facing the dash. When you turn the key to start the car, it flips over to face you. Otherwise, you're looking at a plain silver disc (reverse) while you're driving and that just won't do.
Excellent advice - a plain disc would be madness.


Just thinking you might have left one out of your pre-ignition checklist:

3X. Align air vents like gun sights.
 

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ConorD said:
3X. Align air vents like gun sights.
Are you daft, man? Why would they EVER be out of alignment in the first place?
We ain't talkin' about the side view mirrors, here!

Dig's edit: That reminds me though. I need to get out there and align the headlight door screws.
 

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Digmenow said:
Dig's edit: That reminds me though. I need to get out there and align the headlight door screws.
...and when you park the car, do you make sure the wheels are rotated so the center cap logos are all pointed in the upright position?
 

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ConorD said:
....align vents like gun sights.
...align vents like gunsights...'like' gunsights?... what ARE you talking about....align gunsights with ventilating apertures maybe...or perhaps align 'vent like' gunsights, in a pinch, but gunsights they are, first and foremost. And I'll slap the passenger hand that threatens my gunsights' proper position and alignment.
 
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