I own a 1986 560 SL and I had it idle for about 2 months (December/January) It was not in the garage! When I drove it again, a couple of days ago, everything worked fine, except the antenna. It went up and after a couple of seconds it went back down, then half way up again and then completely down and now it will not come up again no matter what! I do have to say that I saw that the rubber ring around the base of the antenna was missing... I will have it replaced as soon as the part is delivered! I am from Germany, my dad said he could fix it for me if he was here to take a look at it, however he lives in Germany and now I am a little lost! Can anybody tell me what I need to get fixed or changed for it to work again! The Mercedes Dealership told me it would take a couple of hundred dollars to fix it and my dad thinks that is totally overdone!
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i also have a 2002 VW Polo 1.2, which I bought in January this year. The first time i drove it the engine management light came on. I took it to a garage and they changed a sensor in the exhaust system at a cost of £350. I drove the car again the following week and the light came on again, I took it to the same garage and they told me it was unrelated and that i needed another £300 repair. Refusing this I took the car to my parents mechanic who told me that these lights are prone to coming at the slightest little thing and to ignore it if the car is driving fine and sounds normal. He said that if there was a genuine problem that you wouldn't need the light to tell you but that the problem would be obvious through the sound it made or by the way the car started to drive. He said he felt the sensors were over sensitive and were there largely to encourage owners to take their cars into the garage for expensive repairs which didn't need doing.
He told me to drive the car as normal and ignore the light. He said only take it to a garage if there is an obvious problem, otherwise I was wasting my time and money.
I now drive the car without worrying abou the light and so far I haven't had any problems.
Suggest you do the same.