Tag: w219

Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, How To Replace The TCU

When I searched for a step-by-step video for replacing the Transmission Control Unit (TCU), I could not find one for the CLS. Therefore I created one myself, to help out others who want/need to swap out this unit.

My tuned unit was stamped with:

Siemens A0355457532
KEIN Seriensteuergerat
Speedshift+ Race
Ubersetzung i=2.65

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Andreas Kawula Built My Engine!

With help of a forum member on Seat-Online.nl, I was able to find out that Andreas Kawula hand built the magnificent supercharged V8 in my CLS55 AMG. His signature is very hard to decipher, but the internet delivers again and verified that his name is indeed Andreas Kawula.

Fun fact: only the 55 & 63 engines were hand built. So a big thank you from the Netherlands, Andreas 🙂 !

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, New Intake Pipes (Gold Tape Heatwrap)

Noticed that one of the plastic intake tubes was broken, so I replaced them both. Fortunately, the intake pipes only costs 11 euro per piece, which is a steal!

I added gold plated tape, to fend of radiating heat and keep the incoming air as cool as possible. Took quite some time and effort, but I am happy with the end result and how it looks in the engine bay.

Broken hose Vs new hose
Work in progress on the gold plated tape

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Special Tool For Replacing Engine Mounts

Bought a special tool, which is particularly handy when replacing the engine mounts on a CLS55 W219 or E55 W211. The exhaust manifold takes a fair bit of space on each side of the engine and there is where this tool comes in handy with removing the bolt which sits directly under the exhaust manifold (on each side).

Bought it from eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125234922812

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrade To Hella LED Side Lights T10

With the upgrade to new Osram Xenarc Classic bulbs, I wanted to replace the W5W/T10 halogen side lights, as they simply look out of place.

After a extensive review of Sergiu Gabor, I opted for the Hella LED Retrofit bulbs. Fitment is 100%, they are canbus friendly (no errors) and they give a nice white uniform light, which is exactly what I was looking for.

The T10 review of Sergiu Gabor
The halogen side light
The Hella LED side light

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrade To LED License Plate Lights

Converted the license plate lights to LED units (thanks to Aliexpress). Instantly gives the car a more modern look. I applied some dark window tint film, to tone down the intensity. Too much LED light gives off a “chav” image, which is something I want to prevent at all times.

License Plate LED Lights not tinted yet in this picture

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Forgot How Wide The Rear Tyres Are…

I had to do an visual inspection of the rear airbags of the Airmatic system and when I looked at the rear tyre, I totally forgot how wide they are…They should be, else it would be very hard to get all that power on the floor!

Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 in 285/30/19

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Driveby Sound (Center Resonator Delete)

Short video of my 2005 Mercedes CLS55 AMG with:

  • 0:00 Warm start / Idle
  • 0:18 Revving (3.000 – 3.200rpm)
  • 0:37 Liftoff
  • 0:52 Return
  • 1:03 Driveby (with some supercharger whine)
  • 1:19 Liftoff again
  • 1:38 End Credits

Mods:

  • K&N Panel filters
  • Stock Catalysts (primary & secondary)
  • Stock mufflers
  • Center resonator delete

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, iCarsoft Diagnostics v3.0

A DIY mechanic wants and needs to know all about their car, and a proper diagnostics program/unit is therefore invaluable. I opted for the iCarsoft Diagnostics unit v3.0. I will probably look into Xentry/DAS in the near future, but having this small powerful device in the car is a godsend.

Its powered by the car, so essentially hassle free! Don’t forgot to update the unit using the software on the iCarsoft website.

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