Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 93 SL500, 95 SL320, 96 S320, 98 S500, 2002 E320 4Matic Wagon & A little 91 5.0 FORD Mustang
Location: Sacramento, California & El Dorado Hills, California, USA
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The replacement of the windshield is critical on the W140. The W140 does not just have a surface molding on the outer parameters that just snap off, and the bottom is not just held with a rubber stops. Ahh, lets not forget the wiper-it is not a matter of lifting the wiper blade, locking the wiper, and then lifting it out.
The W140 has the bottom molding that has to be aligned mounting holes. The W140 has these side nacelles that are their for cosmetic looks, aery-dynamics, and fluid-dynamics. Those nacelles have to be aligned correctly if they touch on the top of the fenders a rust spot will start to develop. Plus, all the windows installers like to use lot of tape, and wrapping tape around these side nacelles is big no no...
Lastly, the windshield wiper is a complex part on the W140, and the third party installers never seen, nor know how to deal with the wiper, so they start to try to snap off the plastic covers, well the cover below pivoting portion will break. This wiper is a mess for the installer.
Go to the dealer, or the Mercedes independent shop.
I always hear horror stories, and hear it is worse on the W210 with the mono-wiper where the wiper gear is broken. Remember the Mercedes wiper system cannot be moved manually, and installers do not know since it is a complex process.
Word to wise, go to someone who knows Mercedes Vehicles