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#1 (permalink) Old 09-27-2003, 08:23 AM
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Cracks in rear pillar exterior panel??

I have a starnge problem with the rear D pillars. There are cracks appearing, and on one side it has cracked fully. There has been no impact, yet the cracks have appeared at exactly the same height? mercedes UK have been a bit blank and have offered no help really. Can anyone tell me what the problem may be, and how much it may cost to rectify. Can I do it myself? And most importantly - why is it happening? Any advice gratefully received,

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tell Mercedes UK to check out the m-class mailing list

Widely documented years ago. It's a known problem. They basically didn't clue the entire panel down the full length. It's a warrantee repair.

Really annoys me that they claim to not know when a quick trivial search would give them answers... :-P
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Yeah, I have this too[:(!][:(!][:(!] My SA said this would not be covered under my starmar...

Yeah, I have this too[:(!][:(!][:(!] My SA said this would not be covered under my starmark extended warranty READ:(and that was thousands of dollars) Looks like a hair line crack. AHHHHHHH What is next????

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I had the same problem on my 99 ML 320

I had to replace the drivers side about six months ago. Although the pce. is only USD 117 or so, I couldnt figure out how to change it, and ended up paying about USD 300 for the dealer to do it!

I do believe this is a common problem, maybe they can claim the parts and split the labour with you. My dealer did this for the defective window switches after mine was out of warrenty.
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RE: Cracks in rear pillar exterior panel??

I have read all the posts on this forum regarding these cracked trim pieces. However, no one has stated how to repair yourself. My driver's side piece is cracked and I am almost 2 months out of warranty. I am considering contacting the dealer but if it is an easy fix, I will just do it myself. Every time I take it to the dealer, they mess something up. From what I have read, this piece is attached with two faced tape. Would one apply heat and then pry these pieces off? Remove interior trim required? Would the two faced tape come with the replacement part?

Thank in advance.
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RE: Cracks in rear pillar exterior panel??

My driver side was replaced by my dealer underwarranty and my SA told me that is a common problem with the ML. They look pretty simple to replace. The tech use a heat gun to help soften the glue or tape on the back side. Install the new trim piece and hold the trim with tape until it cure. They kept my ML for the night to let it dry. During the replacment the side window and the rear hatch was opened to allowed space to work around the trim piece. Hope this will help! Once saw it on Ebay for $35 for the whole kit.
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RE: Cracks in rear pillar exterior panel??

I had the same problem with mine 3 years ago. I had an auto body shop repair mine for me. The shop held my ML overnight to allow the glue to cure. My insurance company ended paying for the repair, which was really nice. It cost $90.54.

Now, several years later, my pillar exterior panel is cracked again. Pretty much the same as yours in your picture. =(
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RE: Cracks in rear pillar exterior panel??

Both of mine were also cracked and replaced under warantee. Sounds like a common problem that shouldn't be occuring to begin with.
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My right pullar is cracked aswell...
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Originally Posted by JG
I have read all the posts on this forum regarding these cracked trim pieces. However, no one has stated how to repair yourself.
Perhaps you missed this one.
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Originally Posted by DrX
There is WIS for D-pillar panelling removal on *****************.
You don't need to remove interior trim. They are pieces of plastic stuck to the outside of the D-pillars.

If you heat up the D-pillar covers with a hairdryer on max, it should soften up the adhesive enabling easier removal.

You need to register with pointedthree to view the instructions - it's free.
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