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Post Hood Emblem Star or Flat Grill Star...What is your favorite?

I'm sure this question has been asked before, but:

So, I have noticed that a lot of people with Mercedes Sedans on these forums (E-class, C-class, S-class) like to remove the hood emblem and replace it with a flat grill star (like the Benz coupes).

Personally, I don't really understand this, because I absolutely LOVE the hood emblem. I enjoy looking at it in the front of my Benz while driving.

My next Mercedes will be a w219 CLS or w212 E-class in a few years, and if I end up getting a CLS, I might actually try and find a mod to place the hood emblem on it (might look bad on a CLS though).

Which do you prefer?
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A lot of people are putting flat badges for a cleaner look. I personally love the classy look of the hood ornament. Nothing beats going down the highway on a warm, sunny afternoon in the luxury and comfort of your Mercedes-Benz and staring down the road and seeing the hood ornament to remind you what "it" is all about.

I think the hood ornament on a CLS would look terrible. It was designed for a different look with a different grille styles from the other sedans. The W212 should still have the hood ornament though.

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We had a 560 SEC and I really missed that star on the hood.

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Hood star over the badge.

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Good question... in 2001 I was working at a restaurant and went out to my car late at night and noticed someone tried to steal it..it was just hanging like a busted limb. I replaced it with another hood emblem. But at the time didn't even think of replacing it with a flat star but wished I did. I was lucky and haven't had a problem since but I think some people worry about people trying to rip them off or have had the experience.

For the cost to replace it with a hood emblem I would replace it again with one if this one were stolen. Just hope it doesn't happen.
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Hood star over the badge.
I wouldn't have it any other way!
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I prefer the large in the grill badge. The newer aggressive front lines work well with the more visible larger badge.
The hood star works perfectly well with the more conservative classic shapes of the past.

The shame of having the beautiful hood star, is that too often our young delinquents rip it off and you're stuck with the bill.

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I bought the new grill and flat emblem for my e320, it lasted about a month. I went back to the star and hung the other on the garage wall.

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Sorry to be of a contrary opinion guys but I much prefer the flat grill or hood badge - I have always found the pointed star a bit of a distraction whilst driving because my eyes keep getting drawn to it.
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If you're undecided, here are aftermarket hoodstars that are removable from the base.

Just don't forget to take the star out if uncertain of the environment.

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