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Would a full scan of my '92 do any good? I have some of the old "steam powered" analogue stuff. :cool:
 

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A $2 LED from Radio Shack can do everything a scan tool can do on a '92 or older car.
 

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Thanks, I already built a fancy one. I only asked to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I will post a picture today.
 

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I have the Star Autoboss scanner and can full access the 129 SL as well as other MB's
When I go to Car Diagnostic: AUTOBOSS STAR it says "It lacks the full capabilitys of The MB STAR Diagnostic System but has alot of the basic tools you need to diagnose mercedes cars."

And AutoBOSS | Star Auto Scanner does not show that the convertible top controller is accessible.

Does the Star Autoboss have the capability to read and reset the soft top controller on 96-02 R129?
 

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And AutoBOSS | Star Auto Scanner does not show that the convertible top controller is accessible.
Comparing system coverage to the Carsoft scanners I have this AutoBoss is a little better with the newer M-Bs. But for the R129 it seems equal to Carsoft and covers about 2/3 the available systems with the major deficiency of both scanners being lack of coverage for the roll bar and top control systems.

The cheapest scanner that I know of that can access the top contoller on later cars is the Launch X431 at around $3000.
 
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