Date registered: Jan 2013
Vehicle: 90 350SDL, 98 S420, 97 SL500, 94 S420, past owner of W108/W112/W114/W123/W124/W126/W140 & W220 cars
Location: Tampa, FL
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Parts that are color-keyed, that is, can be offered in a number of different colors, are identified with a color code after the part number. This is typically a three or four digit number.
The EPC, or electronic parts catalog, will specify that a color code is required for the part when it is ordered. The parts person can identify the color code by using he last eight characters of the vehicle's VIN to pull up the data card.
If you're looking for such a part, you have to enter it in the system with just the part number - no color code. That's probably why you didn't get a response.
Mercedes service parts are typically identified in the following sequence:
Often times the first thee numbers will match the chassis number, but that's not always the case, especially when a part is used across several different models.
In your case the correct part number appears to be: 211-727-02-48
It always pays to check the EPC for a ballpark price. I say that because people immediately assume that parts are stupid expensive for these cars, and more often than not, they aren't.
For example, I had someone buy the access covers for the driving lights on my S500 coupe. These are black plastic panels that allow you to access the driving lights from below the car in order to change lamps. They paid me $10/each plus shipping for a used set. The parts list for around $8.00/each at the dealership new.