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Mercedes - Benz Club of America, Seattle Section

Upcoming Events March 2 nd Tech Event, Mercedes Auto, Lakewood

Tech Event: Mercedes Auto Service Saturday, March 2nd , 10:00 am — Lakewood

April 7 th Emerald City Driving Scavenger Hunt, Seattle April 20 th 32nd Annual Tulip Rallye, Cascade Mall May 4-5 th LeMay — Americas Car Museum Tour And Griots Garage Detailing, Tacoma May 18-22 nd StarTech 2013, Birmingham, AL. June 21-22 nd Radioactive Tour, Tri-Cities July 6th SOVREN—Pacific NW Historics, Kent August 11th Regional Show & Shine, Edmonds

Inside This Issue Officers & Board Members ............... 2 From the Presidents Desk ................ 2 Emerald City Scavenger Hunt ........... 3 Welcome New Members .................. 4 LeMay & Griots Garage Tour ............ 5 Interested In Membership? .............. 5 In Memorium Phil Smart Sr. ............. 6 Tulip Rallye ....................................... 7 Member Featured Car ...................... 7 Radioactive Tour ............................... 8 Next MBCA Board Meeting .............. 8 SOVREN 2013 ................................... 9 Classic Mercedes Magazine .............. 9 Park Place Ltd Recap ........................ 10 Sweetheart Drive to Dinner Recap ... 12 2014 All New E & S-Class .................. 13 Technically Speaking ........................ 14 Classified Ads .................................... 15 2012 Cash Flow Summary ................ 15 Other Car Events .............................. 16

By Jerry Cole Mark your calendars for the morning of March 2nd, as owners Bill Minton and Ted Lazzari will be hosting a tech session at Mercedes Auto Service Inc., located at 11115 34th Avenue South in Lakewood. Mercedes Auto Service specializes in maintenance, repair and parts for all Mercedes models, new and old. Get out your garage queen and get it ready for the summer driving season. Bring your year-round daily driver and find out what those bumps, rattles, squeals and warning lights that appeared over the winter really mean. This tech session will focus on general maintenance for any Mercedes model. Topics will include: suspensions, steering, drivelines, cooling, climate control and anything else you have questions about. Lifts will be available to get a good look at the underside of your car, that with any luck, you rarely see. Any of you who have had the pleasure of meeting Bill, Ted and the staff of certified Mercedes Auto technicians in the past, know that this is not an event to be missed. Mercedes Auto will get the answers to your Mercedes concerns with a level of accuracy and enthusiasm that is difficult to find these days. Directions: From I - 5 North or South: 1. Take the WA-512 E exit, EXIT 127, toward Puyallup/S Tacoma Way. 2. Merge onto WA-512 W toward South Tacoma Way. 3. Turn left onto S Tacoma Way for 0.2 miles. 4. Turn left to stay on S Tacoma Way for 0.4 miles. 5. Take the 2nd left onto 112th St S. for 0.1 miles. 6. Turn left onto 34th Ave S. and Mercedes Auto Service will be on your right, across from McChord Air Force Base. RSVP: Please to Jerry Cole at or (253) 227-0972.

Mercedes-Benz Club of America Seattle Section

The 2013 MBCA Seattle Section Board Officers President, Ian Gleadle…………………………..……......(360) 926-8041 Vice President, Tony Andrews.…………………..…….(253) 272-0358 Treasurer, Linda Gleadle………………………….…......(360) 926-8041 Secretary & Past President, Jim Houk……………..(360) 479-6650 Board of Directors (Expiration Year) Rick and Patti Tuttle — At Large, Eastern Washington (2013) &……...(509) 527-1229 Jerry Cole (2013)………...….….………………..……(253) 227-0972 Northwest Regional Director Barry Patchett (2014)………………………………...……(250) 246-5329 Membership Tony Andrews…………..………………….………………….(253) 272-0358 Technical Advisor Jerry Cole………………….………………….………………….(253) 227-0972 MBCA Seattle Section Webmaster Rick Tuttle………………………………..………………...…...(509) 527-1229 Silver Star Newsletter Editor Ian Gleadle....………………………..…..……………….…...(360) 926-8041 Silver Star Advertising Barry Wajda....…………………….………………....…….….(425) 868-2109 Silver Star Classifieds The Silver Star is the bi-monthly official publication of the Seattle Section, Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. and is provided solely for the benefit of its members. Opinions, ideas and suggestions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher or MBCA. The MBCA Seattle Section editor and board reserves the right to edit, and to refuse any submissions and/or advertising. Permission to reproduce material original to the Silver Star is granted provided proper credit is given. All articles, pictures, advertising, and classifieds are due by April, 1 2013 for the May/June 2013 issue of the next Silver Star. This newsletter uses mailing information supplied by the national office; mail all address changes directly to the National Office. Copyright © 2013 MBCA Seattle Section. All rights reserved.


From the President’s Desk By Ian Gleadle, Seattle Section President I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but there is an increased spark and energy in the club that gives your board extra enthusiasm for designing events and looking for ways to tell you about the Mercedes-Benz marque. We see it in the number of new members that are signing up (15 in January alone!). We see it in the total number of members attending events (52 for our Valentine’s Drive to Dinner!). We see it in the friendships and bonds that are made as members interact and start talking about their cars. Perhaps the reason is the innovation coming from MBUSA as they introduce the technological advances in the new E and S -Class models. Perhaps it is interest generated by the new CLA commercial aired during the Superbowl (http:// As your newsletter editor, I would like to think that it could partly be attributed to the new format of the Silver Star making it easier to read, as well our new and updated masthead. It could also be the new format that our website editor has designed and set up online, or the Facebook page that our technical advisor keeps up to date that allows us to announce our events, post a link to our newsletter and hear back from members. It is, no doubt, all of the above. As your President, I am thrilled to have a Board that works so hard to bring fresh ideas and events to the table. The upcoming events shown in this newsletter are guaranteed to be informative, fun and an opportunity to mingle with like-minded enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on our March 2nd tech event at Mercedes Auto, Inc. or the Emerald City Scavenger Hunt on April 7th. The Seattle Section will be hosting the Northwest Regional clubs for a special tour of LeMay-America’s Car Museum along with other events the weekend of May 4-5th. There are also events sponsored by other clubs that will allow you to get your beautiful Mercedes on the road! On a sad note, we did lose a bit of our spark with the passing of Phil Smart, Sr. He was such a strong supporter of our club, personally handing out membership applications, allowing us to make presentations at their new car clinics, speaking at our functions, and genuinely making himself available to customers and members at any time. Members have sent us some heartfelt tributes that we have shared in this issue. His (Continued on page 10)


Emerald City Scavenger Hunt Sunday, April 7t h , 9:00 am — Seward Park

Seward Park Albro-Swift Exit

By Tony Andrews Think you know the Emerald City? Then let’s go for a drive and test your knowledge. Here are the type of questions that may or may not be in the scavenger hunt: 

Locate the statue that is found on the beach side of 61st and Alki. What is the original name given by the founding party of Seattle?

At the corner of Fremont and 36th, which Russian leader is guarding the corner?

The antique State Hotel sign at 114 1st Ave offers rooms at what rate?

At 109 Yesler, what is the name of the café that has been in continuous operation since 1898?

At the intersection of Denny, 7th and Aurora, what animal can be seen in neon?

What is the official name of the gardens located at the Ballard locks?

Got the hang of it? Then come join the fun and see the sights of the Emerald City while gathering various items in a driving scavenger hunt of Seattle area interest spots. Points will be awarded based on each item’s difficulty to obtain and/or time needed to drive to. Scavenger hunt winners will receive cash prizes. The entry fee is $5.00 per car.

Rules: The rules are simple: 1. You can travel by yourself, or with others, but you must complete your own tasks. Scouts Honor! 2. You can do the question and tasks in any order. I would suggest that you take a moment upon departure to map out your route. 3. You may not use GPS, computers, smartphones, etc. as aids. You will need to rely on your maps, sheer will and intuition. No GOOGLE! 4. The Scavenger Hunt ends at the Northlake Tavern and Pizzeria. When you come in, be ready to turn in your sheet. If you are not in by 1:00 pm, you will be out of the running. 5.

My cell phone will be the official clock.


If you have a breakdown, or get lost, my cell number is on the answer sheet.

Questions: Call Tony Andrews at (253) 272-0358 or email

The event will start at Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S. in Seattle and end with pizza and score tallying. Small Seattle maps will be provided, but drivers may want to have their own full size Seattle map for use. Times: 9:00 am — Meet at Seward Park, 9:10 — Drivers Meeting, 9:15 — Shotgun start, 1:00 pm — End of Scavenger Hunt and pizza at a Northlake Tavern and Pizzeria in the U-District. RSVP: Please call or email Tony Andrews at (253) 272-0358 or by March 31st so that enough Scavenger Hunt checklists and maps will be available. Directions: Driving directions to Seward Park are as follows: From I-5 Southbound: Take Albro-Swift exit. Take a left on Albro. Right on Swift. Left on Graham. Right on Wilson. Sharp left on Seward Park Avenue. Right on Juneau. From I-5 Northbound: Take Albro-Swift exit. Take a left on Swift. Right on Graham. Right on Wilson. Sharp left on Seward Park Avenue. Right on Juneau. MARCH · APRIL 2013


Welcome New Members

The Seattle Section welcomes all of its newest members and their cars to the Mercedes-Benz Club of America these last three months. We hope that you will all become active members and be a part of the activities we plan each month for your pleasure. If you ever have any questions or suggestions please feel free to call any one of us on the Board. Thank you for joining and we’ll look for you at the next club event! December, 2012 

Donald Balke, Kenmore

January, 2013

(425) 243-5876

Rodney Ho, Mercer Island

Gregory Moore, Lakewood

Charles Hall, Bainbridge Is, 2008 SL55 AMG; 2000 ML320; 1990 500SL

John Hawley, Pasco, 2004 CLK55 AMG Cabriolet; 2011 S550 4MATIC

Charles Vandeventer, Spokane

Rick Lamonte, Mount Vernon

Scott Fitzgerald, Sammamish

Barbara & Mik Endrody, Bellevue, 2009 ML350; 2013 SL550

Penny & Mark Swanson, Tacoma, 2006 SLK55 AMG

Carol & Robert Olson, Freeland

Mathias & Jeff Baucum, Sammamish

Caroline Williams, Medina

John Ault, University Place

Ed Scripps, Bellevue

Emily-Jo & Lee Cox, Sequim, 1984 380SL

February, 2013 Authorized Bosch Service Center


Clark Johnson, Lynnwood, 2006 SLK350

Tao Lin, Redmond

James Wolfe, Enumclaw

Art Ceniza, Mountlake Terrace

Ernst Pickel, Spokane, 1989 42SEL MARCH · APRIL 2013

LeMay & Griots Tour

Interested in Membership?

May 4 and 5th, Tacoma

Become a Mercedes-Benz Club member by completing the form below and submitting your application by mail, or by using the QR code on your smart phone, or by applying online at

The Seattle Section will host the Portland, Vancouver Island and B.C. Sections for a weekend of fun in the Tacoma area. Saturday, May 4th, 2013: 2:00 pm: LeMay – America’s Car Museum— Special guided tour, and VIP parking for club member cars. Discounted entry at $10.00, (Need payment upfront please), www., 2702 East D. Street in Tacoma. 6:30 pm: BJ’s Brewhouse Dinner — Great food, group accommodations and reasonable price. www.bjsbrewhouse. com, Located at 4502 S. Steele St in Tacoma, (253) 472-1220 Hotel Murano — King Suite Rooms: Group discounted rate of $129/night,, 1320 Broadway Plaza in Tacoma, (877) 986-8083 Sunday, May 5th, 2013: 10:30 am: Griots Garage Tech Session — Inside their show display garage see demonstrations of how to wash, clay, polish and wax your car. Discounted Griot’s product shopping for club members., Griot’s is located close by at 3333 South 38th Street in Tacoma. For those family members less inclined towards auto related activities, the Chihuly Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum are nearby. Come join us for the day or the weekend. There is plenty to do and see in Tacoma!

LeMay and Griot’s Tour Registration May 4 and 5th, 2013 Name (s) _______________________________________

Seattle Section

Address ________________________________________ City, State, Zip __________________________________ Cell Phone (________) _________________________ Email Address: _________________________________ Number of Museum Entries at $10.00 each: ________ How many for dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse:


How many for Griot’s Detailing Class:


Payment: Please enclose Museum Entry. Make checks payable to MBCA Seattle Section by April 27th. Mail To:

MBCA c/o Ian Gleadle, 69 N Sunset Drive, Camano Island, WA. 98282-8607



In Memorium Phil Smart Sr, 1919 —2013 By Ian and Linda Gleadle Longtime Seattle car dealer, civic volunteer and philanthropist Phil Smart Sr. passed away February 8th. “Senior”, as he was affectionately and respectfully known to our members, operated Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz for more than 50 years and continued to be involved in its operation even after selling it in 2011. He was a former Seattle Rotary Club president, an Eagle Scout active in the Boy Scouts for 80 years, and a World War II veteran who rose to the rank of colonel in the Army Reserves. His biggest imprint on Seattle, on his employees and on our club, though, may have come from his compassion for helping others. Several club members provided us with their thoughts and memories. We received too many to print here, and have placed more on the Seattle Section club web site. Humanitarians Gandhi, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama & Dr. Martin Luther King have all influenced me at different levels of awareness and commitment, but Phil Smart Senior was a humanitarian that I had the privilege to have known personally and the most directly influential in my life. His genuine caring ways had the ability to clear your thoughts and lift your spirit when the world seemed so complicated and overwhelming. His spirit will always be a part of me as I try to be the most caring, respectful and positive influence for myself, my family and all those that I come into contact with

every day. — Cuong (Michael) Le As with many folks, I got to know Phil Smart, Sr. initially thru being a customer of his business. Although we were a client, it was really Phil’s commitment to community service and his selfless acts for others that I look up to the most. The first time I heard Phil speak publicly was at a Rotary District Conference in Vancouver, B.C. 20 years ago. Each word, sentence and point was spoken with genuine compassion. It is a speech I can remember today. The man truly walked the talk. From Rotary, to the Boy Scouts, to Seattle Children’s Hospital (and much more), Phil was not just words, he followed up with endless action and involvement. God Bless Phil Smart, Sr. A man who truly believed in “Service Above Self”. — Brown M. Maloney (Continued on page 7)

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My fondest memories of Phil came from our many chance meetings and conversations with him at the Madison Cafe, located on the corner of Madison St. and Boylston Ave in Seattle where he had breakfast with his wife on most Sundays. I also had occasion to have a number of casual conversations with him in his open office on the sales floor of his dealership while my car was being serviced. On all occasions, we talked about his activities on behalf of Children’s Orthopedic Hospital. I can't remember an instance where we ever talked about cars. His interest in the welfare of the patients in the hospital was infectious, and he recruited me as a financial supporter of the hospital by providing me with information on his efforts as well as providing me with copies of his book "Angels Among Us" which he wrote about his activities at the hospital. He was a great individual, and he will be fondly remembered by many. — Marc Muccilli My wife and I bought a Mercedes Wagon as a young couple in 1995. One afternoon we were sitting outside an ice cream shop in Madison Park. A stately gentleman came up to my wife and asked if “this was our fine car”? We said yes it was. He replied, “Well I’m Phil Smart and I thank you for doing business with my company.” This began a long association and even longer loyalty to the dealership for my wife and me. — Dennis Daugs I came to Bellevue with my 190 SL in 1959 and did my own service. The car had a problem with idling, so I took it to the Phil Smart shop on Pike Street in 1961. At that time it was just a garage in a Chevy dealership, which he took over in 1965. I was told that the carburetor had to be rebuilt, so I bought the parts and did the job. He also told me about the Mercedes Club and handed me an application. I have now been a member for 49 years and remember holding club meetings at his garage and dealership. — Arthur Dietrich It is great that the club will honor Phil Smart in the Silver Star; after all he was instrumental in bringing a Mercedes dealership to Seattle and helped to establish our club. My brother-in-law worked for Phil Smart as Service Manager in the late 1970's and I got to know Phil Smart a little bit on a personal level. I found him to be one of the most genuine people you ever want to meet. During any conversation, he would give you his full attention and showed his interest. Even meeting him at a later time he would remember my name and the occasion when we had met. With his passing, Seattle lost a wonderful man and true icon. — Heinz Streng We mourn his passing and our sincerest condolences go out to his family. A donation will be made to Children’s Hospital in his name on behalf of club members who contributed at our last group function along with funds from your MBCA – Seattle Section. Thank you. MARCH · APRIL 2013

Tulip Rallye Saturday, April 20t h — Cascade Mall

By Toni Beidler, MG Car Club This event is a gimmick rallye in place of time/distance checkpoints, so everyone will be able to compete successfully. All you need is a sharp eye and a sense of humor. Please note – speed is not recommended! Each car club (5-car minimum) will have a First Place finish. It is recommended that you pack a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way or at the end point while the scores are being tabulated. The upcoming Rallye will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 9:00 am. To sign-up go to the link: http://

Member Featured Car

Henry Veldman with his 1967 230SL. PAGE 7

Radioactive Tour

rates for Friday and Saturday night stays. Terra Blanca and Tagaris wineries will be toured and offer tastings.

June 21-23 — Tri-Cities

Watch the upcoming issue of the Silver Star and the club web site for details as they become available.

By Rick & Patti Tuttle What do Wine, Radioactivity, Fusion Glass and Cool Dessert Nights have in common?… the Tri-Cities in June. Block out June 21st and 22nd for an extraordinary feast for the mind and senses. A weekend of fun is planned in Tri -cities with tour of Hanford’s B Reactor and wineries in the area and then see Richland’s Cool Desert Nights — a classic car and street rod event. The brand new Clover Island Inn will offer special

Next MBCA Board Meeting Your MBCA Board Members invite all members to attend board meetings! Come out every other month and enjoy the camaraderie of your club’s Board while dining at a great restaurant! Dates and times change as we select restaurants or MB dealerships in a variety of locations in Western Washington. Mark your calendar for the next MBCA Board Meeting on:

Hanford B Reactor in Richland

Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00pm at Carrs Restaurant 11006 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA. 98499. (253) 584-4622 Directions: From the North or South - Take Interstate 5 to exit 125, Turn Right from the North or Left from South onto Bridgeport Way, Carrs is located just past 111th St SW.




Classic Mercedes Magazine

Saturday, July 6th — Pacific Raceways, Kent

Issue Number 3 is on Sale Now

By David Glass

By Paul Cosgrove, Classic Mercedes

Calling All Racing Enthusiasts — The Society Of Vintage Racing ENthusiasts (SOVREN) is presenting the 25th Annual Pacific Northwest Historics July 5—7 at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Make your plans now to join us Saturday, July 6 in the Car Club Corral.

The new and third issue of quarterly Classic Mercedes magazine is bulging with features that will appeal to those who love Mercedes classics from the 1950s to the 1990s.

This is the premier vintage sports car race in the Pacific Northwest. All of the entry fees and any other donations go to the uncompensated care fund at Children’s Hospital. We have been invited to bring up to 20 of our Mercedes-Benz automobiles to the Car Corral on Saturday, July 6. The ticket price and additional event information will be in the May/ June Silver Star, along with a registration form. The gates open at 8:00 AM and we must be parked by 10:00 AM, to be together. During the lunch break, we may be allowed parade laps on the track if time permits. To sign up and attend this great annual event, look for the SOVREN registration form in the May/June 2013 Silver Star. For questions contact David at Please bring a canned food donation for our charity. See you at the races!

The cover car, a beautiful 280SE 3.5 Coupe, is arguably the most stately Mercedes coupe ever, and we describe and drive the car that was the final and most powerful model in the 1961 to 1971 W111 coupe range. To complement this story, we have covered two models from the coupe generations that followed, a 450SLC and a 560SEC, the latter originally owned by 1992 F1 champion, Nigel Mansell. We also have the full and fascinating history of AMG, the Mercedes tuner that was started in 1967 and which changed the face of performance cars, among other things being responsible for the celebrated V8 powered AMG Hammer, which we drive. We also take a close look at the first ‘official’ Mercedes AMG cars, launched in the early 1990s. Issue number 3 will be on sale in selected Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Book World stores from early March 2013, and will cost just $12.50 per issue.

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Park Place Ltd Recap Very Informative Tech Session By Jerry Cole On a foggy, frosty Saturday morning, January 19th, 15 club members met at Park Place Motors Ltd in Bellevue, for what turned out to be 2-1/2 hours of fascinating information. For those that aren’t familiar with Park Place, it’s so much more than just the place to buy an Aston-Martin. Park Place is laid out like a strip mall, with different buildings for different purposes, such as car sales, complete detail, repair, transparent vinyl rock chip protection and even complete restoration. General Manager Ryan Vanderwel, Service Manager Brian Groudle, and Detailing Manager Joey Dewiggins were all on hand to show us around. All three have been with Park Place for a very long time and are passionate about what they do.

Ryan Vanderwel started things off and treated us to a guided tour of the Aston–Martin, Saab and classic dealership sections. By classics, I mean everything from a chopped 1950 Mercury to your choice of V12 Mercedes convertible. I heard someone offer five dollars as a down payment, but it appears that wasn’t quite enough. Included in the classics for viewing, but not for sale, were a 300SL convertible and a 300SL Gullwing. Brian Groudle gave us a guided tour of the service department. There we learned about what happens to a late model SL when the trunk fills up with water. The culprit?

Most likely clogged drains, one of my personal pet peeves. Other makes were viewed and discussed, such as Porsche, and when an extended warranty REALLY pays off. Joey Dewiggins led the tour of the Detailing Department. Detailing is the understatement of the century. Services include hand washing, alloy wheel repair, interior and exterior detailing, waxing (they even mask off rubber seals to keep the wax off of them) and starting at just $500, you can get the Swissvax treatment, for an unmatched shine. Believe it or not, complete restoration is another service that Park Place offers. Currently in the restoration shop is a genuine barn-find 1958 Corvette. It will be ready in the spring. If it were up to me, the question would be of what year?

Also covered was the 3M VentureShield service, which is a tough, transparent, adhesive plastic covering, that is applied to the front end of a car, to protect the paint from rock chips. Unlike other clear rock chip protection, VentureShield allows UV rays through, so that paint fade occurs the same as the rest of the car and doesn’t leave you with a two-tone hood after a couple of years. We started the day with Starbucks coffee and muffins. It was a combination caffeine buzz and sugar rush. Precisely what I needed to keep up with these guys for 2-1/2 hours that seemed to just fly by, and they do it all day, every day. A big thank you to the staff at Park Place Motors Ltd for making the event such a success; it was a great way to spend a cold, winter Saturday with the Mercedes-Benz club.

(In Memorium, Phil Smart Sr., Continued from page 2)

son, Phil Smart, Jr., sent us these words, “This is a tremendous loss but he is with all of us in so many ways. I believe he has already started a Club as part of his next assignment!” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to our club members that make our jobs fun, that give back to the community with your charity donations, and that share our passion for a fantastic automobile. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!





Sweetheart Drive & Dinner A Sweet Valentine Drive and Treat By Linda Gleadle What a great turnout for our Sweetheart Drive to Dinner. Our evening began at The Confectionery, a delightful candy store in University Village-Seattle. The owner Kristy and her staff treated our large group of 52 members with care, handing out apple cider, samples of dark chocolate truffles and other treats from the large candy jars lining the walls. Many members couldn’t help but indulge in a sweet purchase or two to get prepared for Valentine’s Day.


Then how sweet it was to caravan with 28 beautiful Mercedes travelling along the Ship Canal on a sunny-ish evening catching glimpses of North Seattle landmarks, stunning homes and gardens, and peek-a-boo views of Puget Sound. We ended our drive at the Edmond’s Marina waterfront to feast on local seafood dishes prepared by the chefs at Arnie’s of Edmonds Restaurant. While everyone enjoyed a tasty nibble or two of Valentine chocolates for dessert, one member won the ultimate Valentine - a gift basket overflowing with candy delights donated by The Confectionery and your Seattle Section. What an enjoyable way to spend an evening!


2014 All New E & S-Class Seven Year Model Changes Are Gone By MBUSA With the rapid pace of technology, Mercedes-Benz says it no longer can rely on relatively minor mid-cycle changes for key models. “So the E-Class freshening planned for next year will be more extensive than usual, with major sheet metal and interior changes,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is coming, and it's had a lot more work done than just a little plastic surgery. Four years into the current model's lifecycle, the changes begin with the unusual step of a serious sheet metal rearrangement: gone are the four headlights we've seen on the segment leader for 17 years, and gone are the light-relief pontoons over the rear wheels. In front, the one-piece headlights contain LED signatures that 'break' them into two segments, but the main lighting functions have been consolidated into a single lens. Full LED headlights will be available for the first time.

“The ability to just keep the product going for seven years with just minor tweaks is a strategy we have gone away from," he said. The current E-Class, which debuted in 2009, competes with the BMW 5 series and the Audi A6. Cannon also said a redesigned S-Class sedan will arrive next fall with major interior and exterior changes. He said, “the 2014 S-Class will have a host of technological features, including two cameras in the front that can adjust suspension settings. It will also have a rear camera that can sense an impending rear crash and make adjustments to safety systems.” Mercedes-Benz promises that the soon-to-be released W222 series will hold to the tradition with an array of new systems, which the carmaker claims are designed to make driving "an even safer and more comfortable experience". "The intelligent assistance systems of the future will be able to analyze complex situations and recognize potential dangers out on the road with the aid of improved environment sensor systems even more accurately than today," explains Mercedes-Benz board member Thomas Weber. "Figuratively speaking, the next S-Class won't just have eyes at the front; it will have 360-degree all-round vision." These sensors will be used by a variety of systems such as the DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist that is said to help the driver guide the vehicle in its lane and can even follow the vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic automatically. Among other novelties, the new S-Class will be the first vehicle in the world to completely do away with conventional light bulbs, even on the base model. Instead, Mercedes-Benz is using LED’s everywhere.

The 2014 E-class family, including a sedan, station wagon, coupe and convertible, will go on sale this summer. Cannon said the luxury market is changing because buyer "expectations are being driven by consumer electronics, and its rapid pace of new product introductions." MARCH · APRIL 2013


Technically Speaking Windshield Washer Fluid Pitfalls By Jerry Cole, Technical Advisor It’s just windshield washer fluid, so I can just put my favorite brand in the reservoir and be done with it, right? Maybe not. For many years, Mercedes used a small float that opened or closed an electrical contact set when the float floated (full reservoir) or did not float (empty reservoir) to control the light on the dash that indicates it’s time to add washer fluid. A similar float was used in the brake fluid reservoir to indicate low brake fluid. Somewhere around 2007, Mercedes changed the sensor type in the washer reservoir in many models, from the float type, to a pair of probes that measure the conductivity of the fluid in the reservoir (part # 221 820 91 10). When the conductivity falls below a certain point, it is assumed that it is because the probes are no longer submerged in fluid, so the reservoir must be nearing empty.

Here’s where the fun starts. Your low washer fluid indicator is lit on the dash, but your reservoir is full. The first question should be “your reservoir is full of what?” As it turns out, all washer fluid does not conduct equally. Not even close. The automatic assumption I have heard is that Mercedes is trying to get you to buy an expensive specialty fluid from the dealership and that is not the case. The dealership has what is called Summer Fit washer fluid concentrate (part # 001 986 80 71 17). It’s a blue liquid that comes in a small, 40ml bottle. In the summer months, the dealership pours a bottle of Summer Fit into the reservoir and top off the reservoir with water. There is a fluid called Winter Fit, but I haven’t seen it around here. The procedure around here for winter months is to add a bottle of Summer Fit to the reservoir and top off with off the shelf blue washer fluid, to provide protection from freezing. If you have a car with the probe type sensor in it, the off the shelf blue washer fluid that you buy in any auto parts or department store will work by itself to turn off the warning light, without adding the Summer Fit. I have tried it both with and without Summer Fit and have found the Summer Fit cuts PAGE 14

through the dirt and road grime very well. It’s well worth the few dollars that it costs at your MB parts department. I know firsthand though, that orange Rain-X windshield washer fluid does not conduct well enough to turn off the warning light on the dash and have read that others, such as the yellow stuff, have the same problem. Although non-scientific and just as a frame of reference, with all liquids measured with the same meter and at the same temperature, plain blue washer fluid measured 2 meg ohms, blue washer fluid with Summer Fit measured 0.5 meg ohms, Rain-X washer fluid measured around 6 meg ohms, plain, unfiltered tap water measured around 3 meg ohms and a glass of Back in Black India pale ale measured about 3.5 meg ohms. Don't put the India pale ale in the washer reservoir, it tastes much better than it cleans. What does all this mean? If you determine that you have one of the models with the probe type sensor and your reservoir is full, but your washer fluid level warning light is on, it’s probably an issue with the fluid, not the sensor, so start looking there first. If you determine that you have the float type sensor and your reservoir is full, there is a very good chance that the sensor or associated connections are to blame.

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Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires . Four M-B wheels, part # 1244001802, with M-B star center caps and bolts. Excellent condition, taken off 1987 300E. Will fit several other models from approx 1985 to 1990. $100 Four Dunlop SP SPORT tires size P225/50 ZR 16, almost new. Cost approximately $150 each. $200 Either pick up in Port Ludlow, or pay shipping. Contact Terry at (360) 437-2431 or

1973 450SL $10,500 Red with white hardtop, white hub caps, air, power, original soft top in excellent condition, 110,000 miles, two owners, always garaged and pampered, a real head turner. Contact Rudolf in LaConnor at (360) 466-0106.

Four Blizzak DM-23 Snow Tires $1,500 Size 235/65R17 and OEM alloy 7 spoke wheels with tire pressure sensors & extra wheel bolts (less than 500 miles on them). Fit Model R and ML models. Contact Al in Leavenworth at (206) 992-4707 or 1986 420SEL $7,995 133k original miles, second owners since 1998. All records. Perfect paint, leather & carpet. Original floor mats and owners manual. AC is not currently working. Contact Scott at (425) 501-9966 or

1989 560SL $22,000 One owner car. Desert Taupe w/ Parchment interior. 28,000 miles. Major service just completed. Contact: John DeYoung (425) 481-6658 or

MBCA Seattle Section Cash Flow for Year Ending 12/31/2012 Beginning Cash Balance at 1/1/2012



Receipts National Member Rebate Income Event Income Advertising Income Total Receipts

6,396.00 4,585.00 4,290.00 15,271.00

Disbursements Event Expenses General Event Expenses Newsletter Expense Internet Expense-Email & Website Historian/Membership Committees Office Supplies & Expense Charity Disbursements Total Disbursements

7,455.56 334.08 5,621.81 208.99 104.21 230.46 500.00 14,455.11

Ending Cash Balance at 12/31/2012



Ads will run for one issue and can be placed free of charge by MBCA members. Non-club members will be charged $10.00 per ad, $20 with a picture. The next deadline is April 1, 2013. Contact the newsletter editor to place an ad.



Silver Star • March / April 2013



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Other Section and Local Car Events February 23rd or 24th: Tire Rack Street Survival Teen (23rd) and Adult (24th) Driving School . The Tire Rack Street Survival® is a "hands-on" driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. $75 Bremerton Motorsports Park, April 6th: Caffeine & Gasoline at Griots Garage. A Great Start to the Weekend where can you find supercars, street rods, tuners and race machines rubbing elbows in the same place? We get up early and brew the coffee, you cruise in with your favorite ride and hang out with fellow enthusiasts. April 6th: Tech Event on Modern Classics. Portland section presents this event with Pierre Hedary, columnist for The Star magazine. Pierre will deliver an

overview of Mercedes-Benz models built from 1972 to 1995, discussing why these cars are popular, and what to look for when buying one. He will also do a go into fuel injection systems and transistorized ignition systems and a myriad of other topics suggested by members. April 20th: MG Club’s 32nd Annual Tulip Rallye. Come out for a great back roads drive and fun low -key question & answer rally around the Skagit Valley Tulip fields. All car clubs welcome. Meet at Cascade Mall in Mt. Vernon at 9:00 am. (See page 7 for more details) July 6th: SOVREN at Pacific Raceways. Come out and watch the vintage races at 9:00 am with the opportunity to drive parade laps at PIR during lunch. July 9th: All Convertible Cruise-In. 3rd Annual event at XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah.

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