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Old 01-18-2004, 08:36 AM
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Default SRS warning light issue on 1995 E200-124

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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>Firstly, note this sequence of events.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The SRS warning light appears.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The specialist servicing company I normally use cannot diagnose the fault.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MB dealer cannot diagnose the fault.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Specialist servicing company tries numerous manual checks over a 4-day period, including air bag test, seat belt checks and changing over the control unit.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They are reluctantly forced to admit defeat.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>By now, I have discovered that my SRS problem is not uncommon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Similar reports about ABS warning lights have also emerged, but are supposedly easier to remedy.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>I telephoned MB Customer Services Complaints (Europe) to ask how they can allow such a ‘known problem’ to exist and what can be done about it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Their reply was astounding.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>Basically, they refused to accept any liability for the fact that the software in the car will not ‘speak’ to the diagnostic program.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I explained to them that this must be a software design flaw.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They flatly denied my claim.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>Regarding the SRS fault, they advised me to take it back to the MB dealer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I explained that the MB dealer cannot provide me with an estimate of the cost involved and that I am not prepared to write the dealer a blank cheque for a 9-year old car.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MB then offered to <U>consider</U> a ‘goodwill application’ from the dealer.<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>I, therefore, went back to the MB dealer, whose Service Manager I know quite well. (I should explain that I used to have my car serviced by them until their labour rate hit UKP 77.00 per hour + 17.5% Value Added Tax).<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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<P class=Msonormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT face=Arial>The Service Manager warned me that MB hasn’t the slightest intention of accepting a goodwill application (i.e. a partial or complete refund of the costs involved) on a 9-year old car.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Regrettably, he still cannot price the work involved, because he has no idea how long it will take to find the fault (neither have MB Technical Services, Europe).<o></o></FONT></SPAN></P>
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