Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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I wouldn't consider that normal by any stretch. Mercedes will probably try to make it the result of some sort of owner negligence, but I can't imagine what that would be. It sounds like the interior of the car got really dry for an extended period, or it was left in the sun for days on end. Even at that, the wood is urethaned, so the weather should not get to it.
I had a W124 ('95) that I traded in 2004 after 9 years in the South, and the wood was pristine, so you got a problem car, I think.
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