Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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I'm usually the guy who talks smack about the stealership and the prices, so there's the grain of salt ...
The production line for the 108/109 line long ago shut down. The dealership network has to source the parts from somewhere, and whether it's "the guy from Turkey (or Greece)" or another vendor, they're still buying them aftermarket. Look to Autohaus or Peach Parts (dot com) if eBay vendors give you pause - these two will often stock "Mercedes approved" items. If you must, keep away from Chinese rubber, as this forum has a lot of unhappiness toward them, based I suppose on experience. I bought a Porsche seal from Autohaus and was very favorably impressed with the product. And it was 4 times as cheap as the same thing, from the dealership.
Heck, even call the Cla$$ic Center and ask them who their source for rubber seals is ...