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I just bought a 1984 380SL. The previous owner had it re-badged as a 560SL with the 560SL wheels. He lived in Downtown Chicago, must have been a prestige thing with him. I'm leaving it on because I really don't care or want to spend the money just to get it badged correctly.
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I saw an S55 AMG rebadged as an S65 AMG. The guy forgot to rebadge the V8Kompressor on the side. Stupid.[:(!]
if people actually want to rebadege their car, they might as well do it the right way.

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I'm all for debadging your car, but only for racing. If you come up on someone that doesn't know what you have, and they want to race you, its always fun to smoke them.

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Most of the time, it's people pretending to have something they don't. The less badging the better for me. The deaelr was telling me of a guy who leased a used SL500 sport and put the AMG badges on it. It's easy to do with mercedes, because for a while the sport and real AMG's were damn near identical except for the engine and some interior mods.
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Lets see where to begin .As far as debadging goes.I feel its ok to debadge a car.After all your not really fooling anyone.For example.If your driving around in a s420 and remove the badge,I would personally think your driving around in a 320.Other than that ,It makes the trunk lid look cleaner.As far as amg badges..dont even think about putting an amg badge on unless maybe maybe you have the full body kit and rims to go.(even at that point your putting up a front )I beleive in 98 ,for example,there was an e420 sport.Had all sport/amg bumpers and side skirts and 17 amg rims but not a 55 engine,or suspension or interior but I beleive it still said amg on it.Even if you buy an e500 amg now it will have the rims and what not .But not a two tone interior or suspension and obviously nowhere close to an e55 engine.So maybe mercedes has gone a little soft with their "amg" manufacturing ....especially after they bought them out years ago ...and now they make "amg models" like its going out of style.Last but not least ..dont misunderstand me.A new e55 is a monster,but back in the 80's when you had an "amg" benz it was like having a Brabus...not some car off an assembly line 1 out of 3000.Back to topic....never upgrade numbers..I have e32 on my trunk lid only to have a eurpoean look or a "1 off" look .As far as putting "amg" on anything ...Unless it is amg tuned (upgraded,like a kleeman carlsonn or brabus) dont do it .
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Just got some rust taken car of on my 560SEL, the trunk was repainted and had a small spoiler put on.
Also added a rear bumper amg spoiler due to very wide tires. Helped lower rear look a bit.
Did not add on badge and the thing looks really cool. Ice blue. Mechanic likes it.
Not sure whether to add badge on or upgrade with AMG.
Have some kickin wheels, must get a photo soon for comments!
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Well over here there is two type of de/re badging. One is the ricer type where people will try to up-badging like honda civic to Type-R and crap like that. Just stupid.

The Euro car people had different type of badging thing, where you debaging to make the car just for looks or to hide the power you have. Comes in handy to race or take on people, also sometimes so you dont have to race. Before the merc i had a run in with an S430 who i thought had an AMG body kit only. For some reason he wanted to race my Passat, confused me, but yeah we went for it and i was smoked! Needless to say, i was confused out of my mind bc it was not even a race. We meed up at In and Out and we start talking, turns out the car was actually an S55 AMG that he rebaded it over to an S430 to keep the cops away but also make guys he raced not ready. Also to get a laugh smoking guys like me who thought we had a chance =(
Yes, the same here. People either rebadge their cars stupidly or remove badges because of modesty. Debadging over here has a positive meaning as cars with bigger engines are not common and rarely seen. Therefore without a badge you don't attract much attention.
We don't have much fake AMGs but unreal M BMWs are dense. The most stupid one I have ever seen had a 316 badge and an M badge together. It was really funny.

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Well over here there is two type of de/re badging. One is the ricer type where people will try to up-badging like honda civic to Type-R and crap like that. Just stupid.

The Euro car people had different type of badging thing, where you debaging to make the car just for looks or to hide the power you have. Comes in handy to race or take on people, also sometimes so you dont have to race. Before the merc i had a run in with an S430 who i thought had an AMG body kit only. For some reason he wanted to race my Passat, confused me, but yeah we went for it and i was smoked! Needless to say, i was confused out of my mind bc it was not even a race. We meed up at In and Out and we start talking, turns out the car was actually an S55 AMG that he rebaded it over to an S430 to keep the cops away but also make guys he raced not ready. Also to get a laugh smoking guys like me who thought we had a chance =(
Yes, the same here. People either rebadge their cars stupidly or remove badges because of modesty. Debadging over here has a positive meaning as cars with bigger engines are not common and rarely seen. Therefore without a badge you don't attract much attention.
We don't have much fake AMGs but unreal M BMWs are dense. The most stupid one I have ever seen had a 316 badge and an M badge together. It was really funny.
It's weird how BMW throw the M badge around their cars. My 318ti sport has a single M badge under the clock[?]. Why the one badge? and why there?
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I go for no badges

Debadging is a long well established way of life in Germany and varies in intensity from country to country in western Europe.

Debadging, understood as removing the model designation type, is a factory no cost option, code 260, in the Mercedes. Audi, BMW and Porsche also have had such option for a long time. Even though I do not have official figures, I would say about 80% of Mercedes in Germany are debadged, estimating for what I have observed.

Not knowing exactly what motivates this option to be so popular, this is what I think:

It gives the car a cleaner, symmetrical, and maybe a mysterious look. Also, with such a variety of engines, both gas and Diesel, of which we only see very few in America, why give other drivers reason to speculate as to why you cared to choose one engine over another? Consider also, the badge is a pain to keep clean.

Finally, this is mere speculation on my part, but being the Germans sophisticated consumers, I have the suspicion they consider it not to be of very good taste to wear badges.

Over the years, having visited Germany many times I developed a taste for the debadged look, same thing for Porsches. Most Mercedes I have owned in the last 15 years or so I have debadged, especially in America where option code 260 is not offered, lol. [:D]
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Couldn't agree more Frenasia !
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