Buying a Porsche 997

Owning a 911 has long been a dream of mine, partly because I had the chance to drive a 1973 Carrera RS back in 2003. Hence for a long time my dream car was an F-model 911 in Blutorange (preferably the 2.4S), but these have become way too expensive. I’ve […]

The glove compartment

Personal protection is important when working with tools. Standard items include hearing protection, safety goggles, gloves, and possibly safety shoes. Gloves are certainly the one that I use the most. Types of gloves I would generally categorize gloves into three types: Thin disposable gloves for protecting from dirts and fluids. […]

Mercedes W211 battery replacement

Some time ago my W211 started to complain about disabled comfort functions after a few days of not being driven. This is a precautionary measure to reduce drain on a battery that has a low voltage, and includes disabling things like heated seats and rear window until the voltage has […]

Bluetooth for the Mercedes W211 E-class

There’s a downside to driving older cars as daily driver: Some things we are used to, such as Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, are not always available – even in an upmarket cars like the E-class. Here are some options for the W211. Bluetooth cradles Hands-free calling is relatively […]

Mercedes M272 ignition coil replacement

My W211 recently developed a rough idle at certain times, and on two occasions a check engine light came on. Reading the fault codes with my iCarsoft CR Pro+ pointed to a faulty ignition coil, specifically the one of cylinder 5. Luckily replacements aren’t that expensive. I went for Delphi […]

Essential tools for car maintenance and repairs

I’ve recently leafed through Setting up a home car workshop again, and while I still think that it’s a good book, I once again noticed the bias towards fabricating things. This made me think about which tools are actually required for doing regular maintenance and the sort of repairs that […]

iCarsoft CR Pro+

I’ve got an USB-OBD2 adapter and BMW’s INPA software, but when I got my W211, I needed something else to be able to diagnose the car. It became obvious pretty quickly that a system from iCarsoft would probably be the most cost-effective solution. They offer several consumer-oriented devices. The cheaper […]

Buying a Mercedes-Benz W211 E-Class

Why? I’m a pretty devoted BMW driver and I love the E39 530i that I’ve driven for almost four years. But at 21 years old and 340,000km on the odometer, it was developing some minor if annoying issues like doors and windows not opening and closing properly. Given that I […]

BMW M54 tank ventilation valve replacement

Some time ago, my BMW 530i (E39) dashboard suddenly showed a check engine light. It disappeared and re-appeared several times and eventually stayed on, but without a loss of power (unlike with the faulty crankshaft sensor). INPA reported a tank ventilation error, and a quick search on Google revealed a […]