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Where can I order dor panel white clips? I am thinking of doing this over the coming weekend and wanted to have some spares in case I break them..

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The dealer has them at $2 each, I would buy one and get the part#, there are a lot of different door clips for Mercedes and buying from aftermarket you want to make sue to get the right clip.

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Hi voidy, You should just go straight to the MB dealer they will have the correct clips in stock and you will probably want around 5 spares per door, they are cheap even at the dealer!

Buying in bulk from another source may be cheaper per unit but if you get the wrong clip
it will not fit properly.

It cost me a couple of pounds ($3) for mine when I did the rear door check straps.
 

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Would calling them door panel clips be good enough for the dealer or should I ask for it by part#. Just in case ...any1 know the part #
 

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You will probably need the VIN number of your car first for any dealings with parts desk, this helps them get the right part for your model and year (clips shouldn't change but you never know)

Then asking for the clips to hold the door panel onto the door should allow them to find the door parts image on the system and locate the part number for the clips.

They may give you the part number over the phone if you ask nicely, ie - "It makes it easier if I have the part number when I drop by to order them"

I can't find my receipt in the pile i have to get the number for you right now.
 

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The clips for the front and rear doors are the same part number....163 988 16 78.

If you bought the proper tool you wouldn't break any and it would be cheaper than buying the clips. There's a tool for everything.
 

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thanks 43, let me google for the tool..where would you suggest getting it from?
 

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This is one aftermarket source of OE clips, but check shipping cost before you confirm the order:

Mercedes Clips And Fasteners

Great ref pdf from 43 (again), and you can use a playing card to slide in between the panel and door to locate the clips, Harbor Freight nylon pry bar set (but would love to have the MB tool 43 has):

4 Piece Nylon Pry Bar Installer Kit
 

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Is there a way to find out which clip will fit the ML500 2004 without removing it?
 

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Door Panel removal - Tools

The clips for the front and rear doors are the same part number....163 988 16 78.

If you bought the proper tool you wouldn't break any and it would be cheaper than buying the clips. There's a tool for everything.
I would strongly advise against the metal door panel clip removal tool. After 8 years in the autobody business (I was the interior guy) I swear by the cheap plastic/nylon set that is sold in Harbor Freight and some autoparts stores. There is zero risk that you'll scratch the paint where the panel and door meet. The plastic ones also have some give to them, which helps you "feel" around in there. The clips I purchased from the dealer for my 92 S-Class actually fit worse than similar ones I purchased from NAPA, so I use the NAPA clips exclusively on the 90's S-Class.
 

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When I ordered some door trim clips for my 98 ML, the part number of the clips supplied was A0079889978. The clips fitted well. Pricewas $A 6.01 each.
 

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I too bought the genuine clips recently (April) at a ridiculous price but when I did some sound proofing on the rear doors in may, I tried a cheap alternative which worked very well and cost less than half the price of one genuine clip to do an entire door panel!

FIX9E MULTI FLEX CLIP FIXINGS CAR TRIM BODY PANEL x15 | eBay UK

There is a firm rubber flange which acts as the vibration dampening component and I have decided to replace all the old clips with these as and when I remove a panel.

I do agree with "SteveInSeattle" regarding the trim tools as I have scratched a car using the metal one but you can get around that by attaching insulating/electrical tape to the edges if you have no choice but to use it.
 
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