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I've posted before about a recent 2003 c240 4matic I bought for only $2900(sweet deal). So far I've only had to replace the CV Axel and the sway bar links. Here's where it gets weird for me. Now, this is my first MB. But I went to autozone to buy sway bar links (previous owner was riding around with NO sway bar links, it's ridiculous.) So upon purchase, I realized they were different from the sway bars for my cars was supposed to look. The Autozone rep looked up my model in the computer (2003 C240 4MATIC) & implied that this was the correct sway bars for my car. I even looked at the screen to make sure all the info was right & it was.

This is what it looked like:

Here's what the broken one I found in my trunk looked like:

Why are they different but yet I've looked on the internet & found the sway bar I purchased at autozone that does not fit on my car AT ALL was labeled as compatible to fit on my car? It was really strange to me that even at autozone, the part was obviously not right at all.
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Well, buying MB parts at Autozone has its disadvantage.
The links usually are different on left and right side, so MAYBE this it the difference you show on the pictures, but any knowledgeable MB parts supplier will fit you with right stuff.
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Plus two., and are all good places to buy stuff for your car.

I'd avoid autozone.

At the same time, I'd also suggest you subscribe to the EPC so you can look up your own parts without having to rely on others. And since your car has apparently been tampered with, I think I'd actually go to the dealer and ask them to look up the suspension parts for you right now.

Good luck.

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I believe that the second one pictured is for the 4-Matic models, with the curved area to clear the front axle shafts............................................ ...Jon

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