We hope you find searching with EverythingBenz to be a rewarding and useful experience without having to think much about using our site. But just like reading your owners manual, there may be a few things that you might not have thought about or realize. Here are some search tips that we hope you find useful.
If you leave this page with nothing else, remember to constantly experiment in your search methods. If you are frustrated by few results, or simply want more information, variations could yield substantially different results. A technique that worked well in a search last week might not be the best method to find what you are looking for today.
Start with Broad Queries
Using concise queries with only essential keywords almost always provides the best results. For example, W220 misfire, W210 wheel offset, and S500 owners manual are all good, concise queries. If you hear strange noises from your Mercedes, try to search for your chassis or model plus the part of the car you suspect of making the noise before searching for general information on strange noises. For example, searching for "my 1997 E320 brakes are squealing" is a very specific query that is unlikely to return many results. Instead, start your search with E320 brakes, or even better, W210 brakes to expand your search to other models within the W210 chassis while also excluding the W211 and W124 chassis. Then, add terms like squeal to your query if you're not finding the information you need.
Use General but Specific Search Terms
Instead of telephone, search for phone as it is more commonly used in posts and writings, and will return results for both phone and telephone. If you have a problem with your windows, searching for W210 window will produce many more results than W210 electric windows, especially as most refer to windows as power windows. Note that terms like "power" and "windows" can appear in many different contexts, so try to think of related terms that are more unique such as "regulator" to hone in on what you are seeking. Searching for "exhaust" is another example - if you are looking to upgrade, try to add brand names for better results.
Group Key Search Terms
If you are looking for information on a fuel filter, but seem to get results about bad fuel pumps, try putting quotes around "fuel filter" in your query. You can also put quotes around "oil change" to target information on changing your oil rather than a page that talks about an oil leak and tire change. Keep in mind, however that "oil change" will not return pages with the phrase "how to change your oil" unless the term "oil change" is elsewhere on the page. Use quotes around key terms in your query sparingly when searching without seems to fail.
Searching by Chassis
For most modern Mercedes, the best place to start is by chassis and a key term -- W210 spark plugs, for example. This will bring up a general subset of information that is likely to apply to your vehicle, across years and model variations. If you find that this information is not specific enough, try searching by model as a substitute or in addition to chassis (W210 E430, for example). It is best to include the letter designation when searching by chassis (W123), but you might also try without (123) if most authors exclude the letter when writing about your model.
Searching by Model
Searching by model may work well if your particular model is the predominant type that was produced under that name, however in many cases this will be too broad and will include much information that is not applicable to your vehicle. For example, the E320 was produced as a W124, W210 and W211 vehicle. On the other hand, searching by model might work best for classic Mercedes. It all depends on which terms were used by the original authors. Try searching by chassis and then try your search again by model to see if you find different information. Also, some authors refer to models without a space between letters and numbers (450SL), and some with (450 SL), so try searching both ways.
Exclude Year from your Query
Generally, you should NOT include the model year in your query as this is almost always too specific and limiting. Information on a 2003 model might apply to a 2002 model, so most of the time you will not want to miss these results. If you do include year in your query, experiment between searching by the full year vs. a two digit year. Keep in mind that the year in your query very well could match on other numbers on pages that are not actually model years, which usually will not be the case when searching by chassis.
Searching for Classiscs
Searching by other key terms may work best for classic Mercedes, such as the Ponton or Pagoda. Other terms, such as SL or SEC, might work well for certain models. Use your specialized knowledge of your classic Mercedes to try other terms that only another owner of such a vehicle might use to refer to what you are looking for.
Searching by Engine
Most information is discussed or written about by chassis or model, but you may also wish to try searching by engine, such as M119. This could bring up information written about an S-Class which will help you with your problem with an M119 engine in an E-Class. As with other searching, including the M in M119 is best but you may try to omit it if you are not finding what you are looking for (although you may see results for 119 in other contexts, such as dollars or miles).
Wide Search vs. Deep Search
EverythingBenz offers two different search modes: Wide Search and Deep Search. Wide search is the default search method and searches across all 1,000+ sites in our search index, however it does not search the sites as deeply as our Deep Search mode. If you do not find the information you are seeking in the default Wide Search mode, click the CHANGE button to try the Deep Search mode, which will search the top Mercedes-Benz forums more thoroughly.
You will notice that there are links for categories such as S-Class and Diesel at the top of your search results. As with any search engine, experimentation is best to see what brings up the best results for you. These refinements may serve to narrow down your query or expand it, depending on the information available in the index and your search query. They will boost pages in our page index where we can determine that the page is about a certain model or type. They also expand your search to additional models or other keywords relevant to that refinement, so it is best not to use the refinements if you are looking for very specific information. On the other hand, they are often a very easy way to find general information (search for oil change and then click on E-Class, for example). Searching on your chassis and then clicking on DIY/Pictorial will bring up a list of frequently discussed procedures for your vehicle.