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New CDI Owner needing Service Advice, Red 05 Passion CDI Cabrio
glaughler
post Feb 16 2012 - 08:50 PM
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Hi,

I would like to introduce myself- recently bought an 05 Passion CDI Cabrio; was purchased in Calgary and shipped to Van.

Has more options than I thought, including factory CD Changer, Heated Seats, AC, Premium Sound Package- no fog lights.. the original ship note FOB/ FAS Vancouver was included w/ the docs listing all options.

It has 76000 kms on the odometer: North Van Mercedes were pretty disappointing as far as support- I had a few questions regarding maintenance- I have no idea what type of a service history this car has- got it as a gift; service adviser said the car is so reliable it will not need anything until 80000 kms. Apparently the electronic service history is not available through Mercedes from another province. Depends on how many G notes you flash I guess...

Are there others recommended to service 450's besides Mercedes who are possibly more knowledgeable and less 'Mercedes' like... Not too worried about price, more quality and character

The car I believe was taken care of, however, as an Alberta vehicle, registered in BC recently I am wondering where to check for rust as well as other cold weather weak spots that wouldn't otherwise appear in Vancouver both mechanically and cosmetically. Would like someone to look at the undercarriage.

Very happy with it so far- it's amazing being 6'1'' 210 lbs and being able to sit in this car that feels full size- my cross the bridge commute has since become much more interesting as opposed to driving my ostentatious luxury cars that are now more or less sitting in my garage until the weekend.

How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it? How disappointing the Mercedes dealership was...

How must I care for the side panels without damaging the plastic and paint- what is the right polish to use?

Thank you. biggrin.gif


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post Feb 16 2012 - 08:59 PM
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post Feb 16 2012 - 09:06 PM
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QUOTE (Alex @ Feb 16 2012 - 08:59 PM) *
Flying Tiger!
Very strong recommendation.



Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?
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post Feb 16 2012 - 09:12 PM
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QUOTE (glaughler @ Feb 16 2012 - 09:06 PM) *
Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?



Can you put a tonneau cover in the rear of a CDI Cabrio?
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post Feb 16 2012 - 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (glaughler @ Feb 16 2012 - 08:50 PM) *
How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it?


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post Feb 16 2012 - 09:42 PM
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QUOTE (Smart42 @ Feb 16 2012 - 09:20 PM) *


Thank you.
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post Feb 16 2012 - 10:40 PM
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Hi, see if you can add it to our Registry, by letting us know the last 6 numbers of the VIN. We have over three thousand of them registered, so far.

Eddy is on the Westminster Highway a couple of km east of the Auto Mall. He is a good guy.

Check the undercarriage and under the carpets for rust. If it was winter driven, it could have suffered. At the very least, take the car apartpanels off in the summer and wash it thoroughly, and the underfloor plastic panels too.

To refill the washer fluid, use a screwdriver to turn the little slotted bolt in the passenger side vent under the windscreen one wuarter turn, then remove the grille by pulling it towards you. Look inside, at the front of the black plastic block is the filler cap. Grab it and pull hard upwards until the hose comes up to the edge of the aperture, then fill it, re-cap it and push it back home.


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post Feb 18 2012 - 12:10 PM
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Consider an extended warranty on your vehicle before it hits the 80000 km.
May protect you for awhile since you have no history.


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