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Headliner Removal 95 E320

So theres only a couple of interior jobs to take care of with the car with the main one being the headliner. It has not dropped totally but needs replacing. I replaced the headliner in my SAAB 9-3 myself and was quiet straightforward. I wanted to know if there are any instructions on removing the headliner in the W124? Thanks.
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I've done this on the ce but not on the sedan. I know it is almost the same except the sedan is a stiff cardboard type headliner. 1st take off OMG handles. 2nd remove the visors/mounts and the whole panel. 3rd step is when you remove the door weather stripping front /rear 4th you must be careful..the rear plastic quarter panels slide I believe towards the front pry slightly away in the front then slide towards the front. 5th open the sun roof you'll see how the liner mounts. There is a steel trim piece with Phillips screws that must be removed. The sunroof surround has a C type rubber mount kind of like weather stripping with some force it should slip off. the same thing for the rear window area. When you get it loose lay back the front pass seat ..it should slid out the pass door. Its been a while,so my advise go slow and try not to break any thing. those rear side panels are the most fragile piece IMO.

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Thanks Sam. Think I will get everything ordered before removing. One question though will I be able to replace the sunroof panel as well so that the material matches. I am not getting the OEM replacement.
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Removal is the reverse of installation.

I've done it... 2.5 hours not to rush it.
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Yeah, I did the SAAB in days since I was still driving the car. Scraping off the old foam was messsy and the only boohoo I made was a small wrinkle that I did not catch. Other than that I was very happy.
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go to w124-zone dot com and find the factory service manual section that describes it in detail.

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Thanks Sam. Think I will get everything ordered before removing. One question though will I be able to replace the sunroof panel as well so that the material matches. I am not getting the OEM replacement.
I think you can at an extra cost but usually if clean it will match and they really don't ware out. They do get dirty with the sliding of the roof and all. There is only 2 or 3 colors so if yours is grey then order a grey

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I've done it in both my W124s. It's pretty straight forward, as described. I went used both times. Think I remember the rear dome light being tricky... but that was because the first car I did was missing the bracket and it took me forever to figure out I was missing something.

Haven't done either sunroof panel. Either didn't need it done.

I recall seeing one W124 with headliner covered sail panels, and was wondering if it was OEM or someone's job. Also saw one with courtesy lights once, looking back, I wish I took.

On those sail panels, even if you're really careful, they tend to break when you remove them. Easy enough to fasten them with self tapping screw hidden behind the trim welting. I practice every time I'm in the bone yard and very rarely can I get them off without breaking. Same for that A pillar mirror cover trim.

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additionally

remove "B" columns

remove rear dome light and retaining screw hidden under it

you also need to remove part of sunroof track covers as the hold the roof in posittion. Move roof to full open position. I believe there are 4 screws on each side. lift the chrome panels off and you will see the ceiling panels. loosen both sides.

recline passenger seat as far as possible - possibly driver seat as well

IIRC, lower ceiling and rotate such that the driver side front comes out of the passenger door first.

Continue horizontally rotating the ceiling out.

If that is not the trick, it is some rotation that is not obvious. Exit through sun roof is not an option. As I am pretty sure back doors are not an option either.
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Goes in thru front passenger door. A bitch.
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