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

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    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.
    TIA
    DougQ