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Old 02-10-2018, 02:43 AM   #11
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Wow, that van looks like the floor in a public theatre! Looks like he gets his coffee " close enough" to the cup holder!
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:31 AM   #12
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Wow, that van looks like the floor in a public theatre! Looks like he gets his coffee " close enough" to the cup holder!
Hmm...don't really care what it looks like. I'll bet he is a victim of ****ty MB engineering of cupholders.

I just think it is awesome he tried this and did such and awesome write up.


Congrats to the OP on putting this together. I might have to give it a whirl when I tear my dash apart for a stereo upgrade.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:51 AM   #13
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:18 PM   #14
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Wow, that van looks like the floor in a public theatre! Looks like he gets his coffee " close enough" to the cup holder!
It is a very dirty van, I realized how badly it looked after doing the DIY but I wasn't about to clean the inside of somebody else's vehicle for them while I was also giving them a free transmitter antenna relocation.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:24 PM   #15
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It is a very dirty van, I realized how badly it looked after doing the DIY but I wasn't about to clean the inside of somebody else's vehicle for them while I was also giving them a free transmitter antenna relocation.
I totally get it , really appreciate the tutorial. Great pics.
Just amazing to me how people take care of such an expensive van...
I bet at the dealer you see all kinds of vehicular abuse!

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Old 02-11-2018, 12:27 PM   #16
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I totally get it , really appreciate the tutorial. Great pics.
Just amazing to me how people take care of such an expensive van...
I bet at the dealer you see all kinds of vehicular abuse!

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Oh absolutely I totally agree it really frustrates me I can't stand a nasty interior (especially if I have to crawl around the floor of it). I have seen some crazy cases of vehicle abuse, not to get too off topic but there was a mini cooper that came in for something (not sure what, don't know why they wanted me to work on it really) and we had to set off a 'spray bomb' inside to neutralize the odor because it stunk so bad you literally could not sit inside it!
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:41 PM   #17
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Oh absolutely I totally agree it really frustrates me I can't stand a nasty interior (especially if I have to crawl around the floor of it). I have seen some crazy cases of vehicle abuse, not to get too off topic but there was a mini cooper that came in for something (not sure what, don't know why they wanted me to work on it really) and we had to set off a 'spray bomb' inside to neutralize the odor because it stunk so bad you literally could not sit inside it!
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This is the other side of repairing cars!
Sometimes it has its good sides--like as an apprentice there was a bone rendering plant nearby.
The stink you could ignore but the rotting flesh inside truck cabins and cargo areas took some getting used to! Not allowed in the shop I used to get triple time to fix 'em and quad time on Sundays.
That stated the worst i have heard is a guy I knew who worked at the Ford main dealers in town!
A trade in Ford Cortina had little cabin heat and it stunk with the heater switched on!
Digging into the heater trunking he found it all blocked up with fully charged used condoms!
Great job for a Monday morning at 8,00 am!
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:40 PM   #19
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@98Firebird, was there any mention in the bulletin on what years this fix applies to? I say this because I just recently had the dash of my 2015 torn apart. There was a wire that looked like the antenna above the radio head unit in the dash under the top/center dash compartment. I didn't relocate it at the time because your write up wasn't done. However, my FOB range was terrible. I could almost never get a double click to open all the doors. After the work I did, it now works great. I replaced the head unit and speakers. I'm wondering if there wasn't some interference from some of the other factory wiring that I did disconnect/move.
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I just got done completing this project. It took me about 20 mins to do. The antenna wire has a female connector at the end and is held by three pieces of fabric tape running along the support bar underneath the dash. There is a huge difference in range. Before re routing. I would be just over ten feet away and would have to walk closer to the vehicle to lock it or unlock it. I would also be directly behind the van trying to unlock and would have to step to the side and aim the fob to the front doors to unlock and hit 4 times to respond and ask myself why did I pay so much for a pos that can’t even unlock the doors with the oem fob . After re routing. I can unlock and lock around 30 feet away with no obstructions and from behind the rear doors. No more issues.

I do have after an aftermarket system with the mid city engineering module
But I hate carrying extra weight on my keys
Unlocking with aftermarket fob. Then using oem key to start it. Seems annoying. Personal preference

Anyways. This was done on a 2017 Mercedes sprinter
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