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by hallcp
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: My car is a DVD player?
Replies: 1
Views: 20

My car is a DVD player?

I was amazed to stumble across references to playing DVD's in my Owner's Manual. I thought surely that was something that applied to other models, not mine. But I finally went out and tried it and by golly it worked! It shows a picture while the car is parked, when it begins to move the picture blan...
by hallcp
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: What is typical battery degradation?
Replies: 11
Views: 221

Re: What is typical battery degradation?

Well I've been driving this car for a couple of months now. I love it! But what's more amazing is that the dashboard display is now showing 88 miles of range! That must be what it had when new. So either the battery likes being a daily driver, or my driving style is being rewarded by the algorithm u...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Newbie to the B250e
Replies: 19
Views: 181

Re: Newbie to the B250e

The I-Pace has arrived at my local Jaguar dealer (next door to the M-B dealer). I went over and sat in one. Yes, the roofline is way too low for easy entrance into the rear seats. Maybe if I was younger and more flexible I could deal with it, but this was a $90,000 car I was looking at. Things like ...
by hallcp
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Heat pump? Best mode to "idle" in?
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Heat pump? Best mode to "idle" in?

So I had time to do a little detective work at lunch today. The "Smart key" ignition switch has 4 positions: 0 - OFF, The 12V battery voltage 12.3 V 1 - Some lights on dashboard, The 12V battery measures 12.1 V 2 - Ventilation fan on and more dash lights, 12V battery is now being charged at 15 V 3 -...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Heat pump? Best mode to "idle" in?
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Heat pump? Best mode to "idle" in?

Can someone tell me if the B-Class uses a heat pump for cabin heating/cooling? I presume not, since I have seen no mention of it, but I've never seen it in a Tesla spec. either. I think the Leaf is the only car that owners brag about their heat pumps. And if you're going to sit in the car and eat lu...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What's the appeal of Mercedes-Benz?
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: What's the appeal of Mercedes-Benz?

So it's been about 3 weeks since I asked the question and JeffRay responded so thoughtfully. Last night I had what you might call a Mercedes moment. It was dark but the well-designed Nav Screen worked great, I especially appreciate that it shows upcoming cross-street names whether you are navigating...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Newbie to the B250e
Replies: 19
Views: 181

Re: Newbie to the B250e

Ahhh, here's that review I mentioned: https://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/07/bmw-i3-vs-mercedes-b-class-electric-exclusive/ If you only have 2 people, the BMW shortcomings are small. But when you move to 3, 4, or 5, it immediately becomes burnt toast next to the Mercedes B-Class Electric. The Mercedes...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Newbie to the B250e
Replies: 19
Views: 181

Re: Newbie to the B250e

If you Google "b-class vs. bmw i3" you'll find a great many head-to-head comparisons. I can't find it now, but the most memorable one I read talked about how much more comfortable the Mercedes was, especially the rear seats and space. Most of the i3's here in the USA seem to have CCS fast-charging c...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Can I upgrade the iPod cable to an iPhone connector?
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Can I upgrade the iPod cable to an iPhone connector?

Just to finish off this thread I bought one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JJQ3QB1/ It works for charging with no errors on the iPhone, but does not add any additional music connectivity. I also tried to find cables for my 2015 VW EOS, which has a similar plug. I bought 2 or 3 and ...
by hallcp
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Historical sales figures for B-Class in the US
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Historical sales figures for B-Class in the US

I just came across this website: http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales-data/mercedes-benz/mercedes-benz-b-class/ Which shows car sales, in particular that URL shows US electric B-Class sales for the last few years. http://robroy.dyndns.info/Images/b-sales.jpg I did a screen grab because there were to...

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