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Unhappy interior wood trim

I have a 4 year old MB E 320CDI, pampered since new. I noticed last week 6 circumferential cracks on the wooden steering wheel, a crack in the right and left wood door panel trim and a crack in the mid console wooden trim. This is rather upsetting. Is tis normal for this to happen? I find it hard to believe that this is expected to happen wihtin 4 years -- I could see 20 maybe. Anybody with similar problems? I have contacted MB with my concern but this is no longer their concern since the car is no longer under warranty. Does anybody know: Is there a quick fix for this? When I turn my car in at lease end will this be considered normal wear and tear? Thanks, Curt
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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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You must have left the car out in the hot a$$ Kansas sun every day and never have garaged the car or tinted the windows. This type of solar abuse will easily crack the wood.

Are you beyond the 48 month/50k mile warranty? How much time do you have left on your lease?
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It is very hot here during the summer (up to 112 degrees) and I take it yearly to Colorado in the winter (lowest temp there was -37 degrees). I garage it while at home. It is out in the sun at work, however. In hind site, I should have used a windshield sun screen. That being said, I had a BMW 5 series previously with wood trim and had no wood problem whatsoever. I just hate that something that is supposed to add "value" to a car ends up detracting from its value.
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Well, there you go. You have neglected to take of the vehicle. You need to tint the windows to the max allowed by law and always use a sun screen when the vehicle is parked.
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