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  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >here are some good photos with descriptions of >tire codes etc... C Class: 205/55R16 91H
    >Sport=225/50R16 92V

    Thank you so much for the photos -- they are and will be of great help to me.

    I had always put Pirelli on my BMW with the highest speed-tested rating. I felt a little let down when I saw the Continental tires, which I thought were made in New Jersey, with the lower speed. However as I read the tires for my reply to Herr Dennett, I noticed they were made in Germany. As if it matters anyhow :)

    Again, thanks and the pics are truly appreciated.

  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    To tell the difference, turn the lights on to low beam. I personally found that removing the plug from the bulb first and then removing the bulb simplifies the operation. I changed the bulbs in my ML and CLK in less than 10 minutes per vehicle. Each vehicle had a plastic cover that had to be removed from the back of the light housing first before getting to the bulb. I am sure that the C-Class is probably similiar.
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    i was wondering if anyone has come across a product that cleans the tire rims well.. and maybe even protects them from accumulation of brake dust?
  • diwc240diwc240 Posts: 172
    You are welcome Miki. I hope you won't be driving at 130 mph too often in your 320...
    If Dennett is with you, they will pull over his Magma Red before your Obsidian Black and you will be fine. (Heard another rolling blackout day in CA today...that's not good).
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    Good point. It would have been easier if I did that (just yank the plug straight out for those of you who haven't done it yet). The plug got tangled up in the clips when I was trying to get it out so I could get at the bulb.
    BTW, was it obviously brighter to you when looking from the outside and inside? I took digipics and the old bulbs looked brighter from the inside, but the new bulbs looked brighter from the outside (of course, I screwed up and didn't use a fixed position for the camera)-: I also only swapped the passenger side so I could see if there is a difference. It doesn't look 50% brighter to me...
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    I think you're having the same dream the rest of us are having!! LOL I too would be very interested in any products like you're mentioning. I just rub the crud off every 2 days or so, my hands are always a mess afterwords!!!
  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    Zee... I've heard that the commercial cleaners on the market today are too abrasive for the clearcoat finishes on the wheels. Eventually the clearcoat will be eroded from continued use. You should check the labels on these products to see if they have a disclaimer stating that their product will NOT hurt the finish. If you wax the wheels every week, it will be easier to remove the brake dust. This has worked well for me. Just make sure you clean them once a week so it doesn't build up too much. I have around 3 coats of wax so I'll STOP the waxing for around 3 months and see what happens.
  • nycanyca Posts: 232
    I'm getting the idea that some folks (just some, don't flame me) on this board have no experience with car care products for a car like this. Regarding wheel cleaners, I beg of you, stay away from the crap at Pep Boys. Use P21S, period. If you want to go an extra mile, put a coat of straight carnauba wax on the wheel. Most BMW dealers sell P21S (I've never been to a Benz parts dept), otherwise:

  • newmbfannewmbfan Posts: 59
    I have used the MB wheel cleaner and it works just fine. It is made by McGuires, of course. I bought some other stuff the other day but have not tried it yet. I'll let you know at the end of the week.

    The key is to never clean the wheels when they are hot.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Hi all, I know some of you have been waiting for the '01 C-class's offset crash test results (even though we already know that it receives a "good" and a "best pick"). I'm happy to report that tomorrow's Dateline NBC Tuesday at 10pm EST/9pm CST will be airing the results of the crash test, just in time for tomorrow's MB Tuesdays chat at 6-7pm Pacific/9-10pm Eastern! Please check your local TV listings.

    Also included in this round of IIHS crash tests will be the Hyundai Elantra, the Honda Civic, the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Ford Focus, and the Dodge Stratus. Note that all of the models that are being crash tested have been substantially or completely redesigned, and are model year 2001 vehicles. Dateline is only covering the IIHS test and has no say in the results.

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  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >I hope you won't be driving at 130 mph too often in your 320...
    >If Dennett is with you, they will pull over his >Magma Red before your Obsidian Black and you >will be fine.

    I have not driven above 115.....yet :)

    So, it's true what I've heard about red cars! I hope Dennett will be careful and not offend the Highway Patrol. I must tell Dennett my secret -- when stopped by an officer, if he lets some tears run down his cheek, he will not get a ticket.

    (Heard another rolling blackout >day in CA today... that's not good).

    I am served by the Dept of Water and Power, thank goodness, so we have not experienced any rolling blackouts so far. Affected were customers of
    Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric. I was surprised to hear that Beverly Hills and other communities that surround me had a rolling blackout today. It is completely unbelievable that people have to worry about an electricity shortage and all its ramifications IMHO!!! Imagine how the people caught in an elevator felt.

  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    My house was hit by the rolling blackout today! All my clocks are off, and my landscape lighting is screwed up! I'll have to reprogram it all, oh well daylight savings time is coming as well. I'll try the tears thing if I get pulled over, the cop will probably think I'm some sort of crying moran and let me off! It may be worth it.
  • mb_a_mustmb_a_must Posts: 32
    I could never figure this one out. Why MB has so many first features and yet they still have brake pads that create excess dust. On my volkswagen I had my mechanic change out the front pads with a different brand that did not cause this dust. I'm sorry to say I forgot the brand. I did ask him if I should change the pads on the new MB and was told that they are not avaiable. He will keep an I eye out and let me know. And Yes they did work fine on the VW. Braking was excellent and no (very little) dust. As far as the cleaner goes I have had excellent results P21S and something by Mothers?
  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    Dennett -- Did you know about the blackout ahead of time? What a bummer to have to reprogram the lights. We are literally going back to the "Dark Ages" methinks.
  • jjsanijjsani Posts: 14
    FYI... I been having intermitted problems locking and unlocking my doors (C320), using the key.

    If you just point the key at the car and press the lock and walk away, assuming the car is locked, you may find it's not. You may think it's the battery in the key, but it's not.

    I've been experiencing this problem for about a week and went to the dealer yesterday to have the key checked. The outcome... there is a software problem that MB is working on to resolve this problem. The key looses it's memory !!

    I was told to resolve this problem for the short term, until a fix is available(in April) is to insert your key in and out of the ignition 10 consecutive times, this will reset the memory.

    I tried it and key will start working again(locking and unlocking the doors), but when they said short term, they meant it, it only worked 2 more times after that.
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    Simply Green makes an aerosol foaming wheel cleaner that works very well. Spray it on and then use an old toothbrush to get at the rough spots, then rinse off. PS, don't put the toothbrush back in the bathroom tothbrush rack.
  • 4murphy4murphy Posts: 20
    Well, I think that MB has finally fixed my squealing brakes. It has been almost two months and 2000 miles and the brakes seem to be fine. What a relief.

    Yesterday, My daughter and I drove from Ann Arbor MI to South Bend to watch the U of M women play the Irish. The car handled absolutely beautifully. At one point we suddenly came upon stopped traffic. From 80 miles per hour to stopping,it was straight and quick. We were impressed. Given that I have been quite critical of this vehicle, I believe that it is only fair that I say something positive when things are OK.

    I am ordering a radar detector after I finish this message. I had real difficulty keeping the speed under 80 MPH. I haven't driven so fast in a long time. For the record, I haven't had any type of ticket in over 25 years. This car may change that if I don't get a radar detector.

    My daughter has agreed to take the car off my hands since I have been so unhappy with it, but her price is quite low. In addition, she wants the paint chips fixed. I am afraid to look at the hood after driving 380 miles yesterday. MB does need a better paint solution.
  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    I've owned a 2000 C280 for a little over one year and now have a 2001 C320. I put a little over 25k on the 2000 and have never had ONE chip. I consistently travel on the highway at 80 or better sometimes. Now after 2000 miles I have checked the front end of my C320 (which also goes 80 or so on the highway). Still no chips yet. I DO believe you but I think it is not as pervasive as you seem to believe.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382

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