European Mercedes VIN code 761 radio remote control reduced range

Discussion in 'Other Cars' started by dougq, May 7, 2019.

  1. dougq

    dougq New Member

    May 7, 2019
    So you folks who have a JDM MB, what do you do about:
    "VIN code 761 radio remote control reduced range without panic"
    I believe this is on all MB imported from Germany to Japan.
    What it does is reduce the RF signal strength of the FOB.
    I imported a 98 E320 about 2 years ago and have almost exclusively had to use the IR to unlock the car.
    I had always thought it was internal programming, but I was recently told it was the FOB.
    I have no interest in spending the $400 CDN for a new FOB.
    The under chin trick does help some with the range, but hard to do if your hands are full.