Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes Benz E500
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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W115 Chasis, right?
The door panel has to come off... there are linkages attached to the latch mechanism.
Steps: 1) Unscrew the "Golf Tee" locking/unlocking pull, 2) pull up on the interior cap piece to remove, 3) gently pry out the black insert in the latch release lever, 4) unscrew the chrome surround and remove, 5) remove the 2 screws in the hand rest and remove the rest [the aluminium trim pieces may drop off, so keep an eye out for this], 6) remove the trim piece around the latch at the edge of the door, and 7) gently pry around the edge of the door panel with a non-marring tool, to pop the panel loose.
The latch mechanism will have 2 linkages connected by clips, these swing away from the rod and come off. You are now ready to remove the latch mechanism.
Usually these are just replaced. Reinstallation of the pieces is in reverse order, as DB is fond of saying.