|11-16-2007, 08:30 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2007
Vehicle: 1999 E430
Location: Portland, OR
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
|11-16-2007, 10:45 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 99 e320 wagon gold/tan 140K miles
Location: huntington beach, ca
probably should replace it. if you crawl under the car and see what it covers and protects, you will understand. that seemingly silly piece of plastic is like a ice hockey face shield. if you happen to roll over a 2X4 or other debris, that plastic piece will act to deflect the object, protecting belts, fans and other tender bits. easy piece to pick up at junk yard. easy to put in too!
|11-16-2007, 11:02 PM||#3 (permalink)|
One of thhe purpose is for aero dynamic, same concept like Ferrari's under panel.
Just get one here's the part number.
COVER, UNDER ENGINE CENTER - 210 524 24 30 around $30.
|11-17-2007, 10:30 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: W211/W210 Estate /W209/W208
Location: Jacksonville Florida
One can also buy the EURO METAL splash pan for the W210...I Have it on my W210 ...
No worries if you run over a object...unlike the plastic panel that will not take the hit
I Bought it from Steve @ MBENZNL.com S_Krabbenborh@hotmail.com
|11-17-2007, 10:42 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 1997 E320, 1997 S320
that's a really good quote. when i replace mine a few years back i remember paying like $120 or even more. i did buy it at the dealer. if i remember it correctly the guy at the parts department told me that the panel's purpose is not only protection, but mainly to trap the air while driving and cooling the engine
|11-17-2007, 06:26 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 2000 4Matic Estate E320S4 210.282
Location: New England
Looking for the 4Matic cover part number. Anyone?
|11-17-2007, 07:58 PM||#8 (permalink)|
COVER ASSY, ENGINE UNDER FRONT - 210 520 07 22 - $90.00 +
|11-17-2007, 08:02 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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