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The EPC is something awesome for the DIYer who is very detail oriented and likes to have every nut and bolt on his Mercedes as it was originally.

you can look up parts with pictures and get the correct part number of the part you want specific to the VIN you type in there. It includes dozens of models, not just 123s.

Here is what I found on ebay. I do not know if this is legit. Maybe others can help us get these disks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/EPC-Mercedes-Electronic-Parts-Catalogue-DVD-All-models_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ34227QQhashZitem120089273520QQihZ002QQitemZ120089273520QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

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Andre,

Yes an EPC is great to have. MB has made them available online for a small fee ($3 per month or $24 for one year).

http://epc.startekinfo.com/epc/welcome.jsp

I have had the disks for the USA version and the Euro Compact version, and they can be a real pain to get to work. They were designed for Windows 2000, and have been hacked to work on other computers, and you have to spend some time and need plenty of patience and computer savy to get them working. Caveat Emptor on the Ebay versions: I bought one that I was able to get to work for about 2 years, then it got corrupted. I got another, never got it to work. I got the Euro EPC Compact, and it works most of the time.

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Thanks for the warning.

Instead of printing it all out, could I save it to the hard drive?

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I rather purchase EPC disks if its the new version that is easy to use and more reliable.

Enrolling online will be my last resort.

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AnthroProfessor wrote:
Thanks for the warning.

Instead of printing it all out, could I save it to the hard drive?

I don't know about how the on-line version works. I know that with the disk-based version, that would not be practical because sometimes you have to drill down two or three layers to get part numbers and foot notes that explain which part number to use. You would end up with such a huge stack of paper that you'd never want to dig into it to find something because it would take hours.

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Re: EPC (Electronic Parts Catalog)

Do any of you happen to know if the EPC product does or will support:

Windows 7 ?

Linux (e.g. Ubunto) ?

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EPC says that it runs on windows XP and a few other platforms. In reality it will run on different machines. It is highly dependent on the version of Java that you are running. On my home computer, I have a later version of JRE (because it is required by my USPS Click and Ship software) and it (later version of JRE) causes to display things poorly.

Go to: http://epc.startekinfo.com/epc/home.jsp
to subscribe and get started. Last I checked it was free (but credit card required to verify US resident) for the first year and then $15 each year after that. Sorry, only available to US residents for these rates...

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It saddens me that it doesn't work on a Mac, so I'm SOL. Also if you sign up several times consecutively you can get free subscription for many yeras. I did mine in 2007, and I have it through 2011 for free.

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Re: EPC (Electronic Parts Catalog)

scoot;187358 wrote:
EPC says that it runs on windows XP and a few other platforms. In reality it will run on different machines. It is highly dependent on the version of Java that you are running. On my home computer, I have a later version of JRE (because it is required by my USPS Click and Ship software) and it (later version of JRE) causes to display things poorly.

Go to: http://epc.startekinfo.com/epc/home.jsp
to subscribe and get started. Last I checked it was free (but credit card required to verify US resident) for the first year and then $15 each year after that. Sorry, only available to US residents for these rates...

Scoot - AFAIK it is free forever for US addresses. I am signed up for about four years and never a charge.

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Sokoloff;187374 wrote:
Scoot - AFAIK it is free forever for US addresses. I am signed up for about four years and never a charge.

I thought the same thing.

I subscribe to the world cars option. You have to pay, but it's worth it when you're looking for Euro parts.

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Sokoloff;187374 wrote:
Scoot - AFAIK it is free forever for US addresses. I am signed up for about four years and never a charge.
That's probably the same for me, I just don't remember.

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scoot;187358 wrote:
Last I checked it was free (but credit card required to verify US resident) for the first year and then $15 each year after that. Sorry, only available to US residents for these rates...

Free forever, unless you want the non-US info, and ONLY THEN does it cost ($12).

I, like Len, have been subscribed for about 4 years, all for free.

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