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When did Mercs First Become Computerized ?

As in you plug them in to the laptop :big laugh:

And are they really a nightmare as people tell me ?

I wouldnt know because i have an old w126, and much prefare the older models:)

Although i do really like the W140 a lot !!

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When did Mercs First Become Computerized ?

As in you plug them in to the laptop :big laugh:

And are they really a nightmare as people tell me ?

I wouldnt know because i have an old w126, and much prefare the older models:)

Although i do really like the W140 a lot !!

:thumbsup:
Not sure about your definition but your W126 ABS brakes are "computerized", would you call the car computerized then?
 

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W108/W109 fuel injection was controlled with an analog computer.
 

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From what I remember W123 diesels had computerized Cruise Control and tachometer.
Those things have records for failing.
Sure the hydraulic oil pressure gauge on them was lot of fan. Especially when somebody forgot to reconnect the oil line behind the cluster.
 

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Wrecked a new pair of shoes that way...
 

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The under the hood crazy stuff began about 1996 for the W140 and only got worse until 2003. The reliabilty is much better today, and not as many failures. The W140's were notorious for electrical gremlins the most expensive being the climate control, the A/C evaporator and finally the wiring harness failure. The S 500 also had a harmonic balancer recall. If you want one be sure to check these items among others!
 

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my 1986 560 SEC has a computer system on the dash but its all in German.
 

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There have been microprocessors in Mercedes cars from way back in the late 60's and early 70's when Robert Bosch was developing the Jetronic for the S-Class M110.

Bosch also started development of CanBus back in 1983
 

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There have been microprocessors in Mercedes cars from way back in the late 60's and early 70's when Robert Bosch was developing the Jetronic for the S-Class M110.
No microprocessors in there, all analog, with a few IC's.
 

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There is an irony here because I am a computer guy (database administrator for a multinational corporation to be specific) but I don't like computerized cars (we replace servers that are over 5 years old as junk, I hate to consider a 5 year old car as junk)
 
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