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Old filters removed

These things are toast. I picked up a trim-to-fit filter at grainger for $3.53. I also found some filter material at work. The new foam is stronger and thicker but seems to flow the same.

Here are a couple of shots, filters installed, grill removed.

Last install grill and speed test tonight.

Btw. There is a difference between a person who can't afford an item, And a person who believes an item is a waste of money.
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Ohhhhh, now I understand. My 108 never had those filters and allowed leaves and other debris to accumulate in and around the blower motor. Replacing the thing was a bear.

I took off the intake "grill" and put a piece of house window screen (the silver stuff) across, trimmed it to fit and replaced the grill. I got the same effect.

Way to go Ktmripper - and you didn't even have to pay $50
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$50 x 2 is what the dealer wanted. As you can see one filter is 3x bigger than the other but yet they cost almost the same(unnaturally inflated price). These new filters are washable and reusable. I was wondering why this is not a more common problem. Those flimsy stock screens fail and crumble easily. Yes, I have heard replacing the blower motor is a pain, so I don't want to burn mine up.

If they were $50 total and not $50 each I might have considered buying from the dealer.
I spent less than $5 in material and 30 minutes labor. Getting taken advantage of by a dealer makes you no more of an enthusiast.
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I wonder if 280SE guy owns stock in the dealership near you ...
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So, the answer to your question was provided (along with part numbers), and you guys beat up on those trying to assist? Good luck with future inquiries.

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So, the answer to your question was provided (along with part numbers), and you guys beat up on those trying to assist? Good luck with future inquiries.
Not busting on assistance or part numbers being listed, but belittling coments surrounding affordability.

However, you are correct - someone's rude behavior doesn't excuse mine. My regrets for any inconvenience caused ...
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Yes, 280 was thanked for his assistance more than once. I know he probably took time out of his day to look up those #'s. I do appreciate that. He seemed a little offended I didn't take his suggestion. But sometimes there is more than one way to solve a problem. That is why I post here, to get more than one view on a subject.

And for the record I am not smack talkin, I'm just saying I can afford the stealership prices, I just think it's a waste of money in this case. I'm not a purist.

p.s. 280 you do have a really nice car. I saw it on some other site, Damn, that rig is clean.
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My apologies to the original poster for my tongue in cheek comment. There are many parts that can't be obtained from an aftermarket supplier like Autozone, Napa or any of the other on-line suppliers and the fresh air intake filters are one of them.

What irked me most was the flaming of the Mercedes dealer parts department as "stealerships". The dealers are in business to furnish a service to its customers and the Mercedes parts people are someone to be close to if you own a vintage Mercedes automobile. There are not many Mercedes original parts that cannot be obtained from your local dealership in 1 to 2 days.

If this is the first time the filters were replaced on the 40 plus year old vehicle that $80.00 cost translates into about $2.00 per year. If one was a member in the Mercedes Benz Club of America there is a 15% discount on parts to the member.

However I would be concerned with the "fix" of the original poster utilizing the full length and much thicker foam substitute solution as to how much extra water will be absorbed and dumped into the fresh air intake system leading to other unknown problems down the road.

I am not associated with Mercedes Benz in any way other than being a proud owner of a classic W108 for 37 years.

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Thank you. That is a very interesting point about water. I dont think any more water than before will enter, but the foam may keep it there longer (maybe promoting rust). The intake system must have some type of water drain.
Maybe I will consider a stainless wire mesh screen across the grill and smaller foam pieces on the intake holes.

I understand about the dealer bashing. But I've been ripped off by every dealer in town so I don't shop there unless it is a life or death situation. That comes from my personal experience. I also know I usually get the "walk in" prices which are always highest. The problem with buying this part at a dealership is that I could buy one just as old as the one I just removed, could prematurely fail from age.

I have the same exact issue with my trunk mat. It is brittle. I'd like a new one, but if the dealer says $200, I'll cut a piece of carpet or rubber mat. If you have a part # on the trunk mat we can do this all over again( I don't mind).

Hey thanks again, I had not thought about the water issue.
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Part number on the rear floor trunk mat is A1086840105 and they are available.

There is one for sale on eBay from the Mercedes Classic Center in California right now. They usually run the same part on eBay, this auction ends in a couple of days. If you don't like your local parts counter guy you might try to establish a relationship with the Mercedes Classic Center.

The auction is a Buy it Now price of $132.00 including free shipping or make an offer. I presume that meets your under $200.00 price requirement?

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