Date registered: Jul 2007
Vehicle: 1999 E430
Location: Portland, OR
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Replace Underbody Panel?
So I'm ripping down a country two lane in my '99 e430 this week, just breaking triple digits, when a loud thumping occurs suddenly. Sounded like a belt break, tire tread disintegration, or major air intake breach. Female passengers were not impressed...
Luckily it turned out to be the plastic under body piece that covers the oil pan, for aerodynamic reasons I imagine (as pictured on oil change DIY).
The forward 2 connection spots had ripped out, turning the piece into kind of a makeshift plow slapping against the pavement as the 100+ mph wind hammered it.
Sooo, I took the piece off. It is not salvageable. Should I replace it? If so, does anyone have a rec. as to where to find it at salvage prices? I imagine a custom shaped piece of plastic like this might be a bit pricey new Thanks