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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 1971 280SEL. I need a cheap front driver side power window regulator. My question is will only regulators from the 108 fit this or years 68-72? Or are there any newer models, from which a regulator will fit mine? Obviously the newer the model the cheaper they seem to be. The motor I have works fine, but somebody removed the whole regulator before I bought the car.
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If I recall correctly...

The later W108/109 power window regulator is specific to that chassis.

Rather than being a stamped steel unit, yours has an alloy assembly to which the arm, motor, etc. are mounted. The alloy cracks over time due to the high torque of the motor and the tendency for some owners to hold the switch for a little longer than required to close the window.

I don't know of any substitutes... and yes, they are not cheap. You might want to be on the lookout for a good used piece.

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That's kinda what I thought. And yeah, I'm lookin' for a used one if I acn find one. New one $150 min. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.
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Early ones (Steel frame ,seperate motor with 3 wires) are no longer available from Mercedes,so you can fit the later alloy frame ,2 wire motor ,assembly .
BUT,you need to assemble a couple of relays to enable the motor to work. Mercedes sent out a worksheet back in the 1980's describing how to wire the relays . it's simple enough ,it just allows the power to switch from wire to the other .
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do you mean relays other than under the hood? All the other windows work fine, I assumed they all went thru the same relay. Is there ones in the door that I would have over looked?
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