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Old 09-14-2011, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Holding a $90k car together with rubber bands

Two days ago my wife opened the visor vanity mirror cover on the passenger side.
The hinges broke. That visor had been replaced at a cost of $350(!) less than three years ago because of broken hinges. Always treated gently opening and closing.
Driver's side visor hinges broke about six months ago. Both flaps are now held in place by rubber bands and will stay that way. No more multibucks to Daimler for their crappy replacements.

Are there other members of this forum with the same experience who would be willing to send a protest with many owner signatures to Daimler shaming them into a fix or compensation for gypping us with such low quality materials?

Highly unlikely outcome, but might be worth a try.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Such a common problem, so far I have been lucky... now I will never use that cover just in case I am jinxed...

I think MB visors have always been ridiculously cheap and look so in most cars. The older ones get puffy looking, ours fall off.. it seems ridiculous. If I have a common MB complaint, which is rare, it would be the visors.

I remember someone getting the mirror assembly or replacement door for $107.00 maybe peachparts.com.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can remember back in the 70s when VW used to advertise that all their plastic materials were tested out for months in the Sahara desert sun before being put into production. Amazingly the older mercs dashboards lasted for ever, compared to the Jap ones that cracked and split after a year or two.

Yes the visor mirror cover is very cr*p, just stick it down with Prestik as if it blows away in the wind it will look terrible
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Not all colors available any more

Mercedes scales down the availability of certain plastic parts with time.

Certainly, the vanity mirror assemblies will be available for a long time, but you may not all be able to find your individual colors any more. Instead, you may get the black or grey versions and be told that you have to dye them on the exterior to match your car.

Thus, if you've been contemplating whether to buy a replacement vanity mirror assembly sooner or later, you may just want to go for it now...

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Old 09-15-2011, 10:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi, did both of mine earlier this year, Peach Parts, Philip Reinhardt is contact. My color was mushroom and it was not a problem altho I suspect at some time it will be only as Klaus sez, it is only grey or black now for the overhead console that holds the mirror assembly..the price for the covers was about 107 and I had them in a week or so, have your s/n available for color matching.
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Brittle plastic and worn peices are why these cars are 10-20K now instead of 90K...

2011 Merc does not have brittle plastic... thats why its worth 100K, with time, those will get old, and cheap...

I mean yes, you would expect a 90K car to last for a long time, but guess what, 10-20 years is a damn long time...

Just think what happened to 90% of chevys and Fords that were made in 1991 as of today... you get the idea...

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When mine broke I simply glued them shut with JB Weld.

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I agree that these are prone to break easily.

I disagree however that wives and girlfriends use the vanity mirror gently
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The most amazing product I have ever found for plastic bar none is Devcon Plastic Welder.
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