View Full Version : Inside Light Near Rear Window Won't Go Out

Bill Walsh
08-09-2012, 10:18 PM
The inside light in the headliner near the rear window wouldn't go out tonight. I'm afraid this could drain the battery. I couldn't get the plastic cover off so I could remove the bulb.

Any suggestions?



08-10-2012, 03:12 AM
There are two small hidden screws under the wood console (pointing upward) that contains the switch for that light. If you remove those screws the wood piece will lift up and you can check the switch. That's where I'd start.

08-10-2012, 04:12 AM
I think he means the rear passenger lights, for reading the newspaper in the back. They are controlled from both sides with a switch slightly below the light itself.

Don't worry about draining the battery - my son turns that light on by default (don't know why ;) ) and I've left it on overnight more than once...

08-10-2012, 06:17 AM
Sorry. I presumed that my E420 was like the 500E where the overhead rear reading light by the back window is controlled by the light switch on the front panel. (see attached)

08-10-2012, 08:54 AM
Yes, THAT light is controlled like that. But besides that we also have two fancy reading lights on both sides. They shine straight down, so someone can read without bothering the driver. Quite handy :)

08-10-2012, 10:17 PM
That must have been Porsche's idea. Classy.

08-10-2012, 11:21 PM
That must have been Porsche's idea. Classy.

Mercedes idea. The W126 had them also.

08-11-2012, 03:37 AM
You're right--GSXR's 95 E420 has that option.

08-11-2012, 07:39 AM
Yes, my 126 coupe has the center-rear light controlled by the dashboard switch.

My 126 sedan has the rear side reading lights (as did my 1977 450SEL 6.9).