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What to put on front bumper?

Well contrary to my request, the dealership delivered my car with the front license plate bracket drilled into the front bumper on my new CLK 350 (2006).

I was annoyed but now that I look around it seems that about half the MBs here in So.Cal have them mounted, the other half don't. I did take it off but am left with two small holes which just don't look good to me (although probably hardly noticeable to anyone else!).

Instead of dishing out money to get these holes fixed (how much would that cost?), i thought I could put something less intrusive on the front bumper. Suggestions from anyone here are VERY welcome! (european plate, thin chrome guard, etc.).

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RE: What to put on front bumper?

Have you mentioned this to the dealer? It shouln't cost much to fill and match and the might do it free as a customer courtesy. Failing that a good body shop should beable to do it cheaply. I expect it's similar costs to having a scraped bumper repaired.

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RE: What to put on front bumper?

you could put an aftermarket parktronic in there
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RE: What to put on front bumper?

put a hole plug.

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RE: What to put on front bumper?

dude, you've just spent a ton of money with Mercedes, and they ignored a basic request.

get back down the dealership and don't even entertain the idea of paying to have this rectified.
it's their mistake, it will cost them next to nothing.
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RE: What to put on front bumper?

May I boldly suggest the following?

First, test the water with your dealer (see the Sales Manager if you want to) to see if it is possible for them to replace or fix (if you're ok with that) the bumper. I would prefer replacement over fixing since I would like my car to be in perfect condition. Afterall, it's their fault to drill the holes since you had specifically asked them not to. If they are nice and value your business (tell them that you're going to service your car there), they should try their best effort to make you happy. I had a similar experience with my dealer in Ontario where I complained about discolouration on one of the interior door panels. Since the car was still <1 yr old, they replaced the entire door panel for me free of charge. I think they have ways to write off something under warranty if they want/have to.

If the above did not work to your satisfaction, worst case scenario, find a 'fault' with the front bumper and ask them to replace it since the car is still under warranty. You would have a year (?, but confirm with the dealer) to find this 'fault' from the delivery date. This time, I would inform the Service Manager about your previous issue regarding the holes and insist that they not drill any holes this time, otherwise .........

I would be rather upset if this had happened to me. I don't like the fact that people can't even follow simple instructions, like they don't pay attention to what you say. I would insist that it's their fault and make them rectify the situation to your satisfaction.

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RE: What to put on front bumper?

Since you're in CA, why don't you just wait until you're pulled over for not having the plate, then you can mount it up and have the fix-it ticket erased? In the meanwhile you could see about finding some body-color plugs you could pop in there and then easily remove to mount the plate and bracket when the need noted above arises.
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RE: What to put on front bumper?


When did they change the regs Gregs?-I never had a front plate on my Cal car.

Incidently,even if they are now required,I would mount it with double sided stickers (the waterproof ones for mounting bathroom mirrors)rather than drilling my bumper.

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RE: What to put on front bumper?

I have often wished there were a list somewhere of rear-plate-only states. I'd move to one if it were convenient [8D] I *HATE* front plates. They look ugly, get beat up, and on certain cars, look worse than ugly, e.g. Jaguar XK, most Chryslers, etc. which have a prominent grille and no bumper to affix the plate to..


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RE: What to put on front bumper?

I live on the opposite coast and I thought that CA ALWAYS issued 2 plates.
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