Took the car to the garage last Monday to have a new n/s door mirror fitted, it took a light hit in a multistorey carpark a few weeks back and since would not fold in or adjust in and out.
Folding mirrors only come as a complete unit unfortunately ( although it's interesting to note that you can get the glass, folding motor and mirror adjustment mechanism seperately but not the frame)
Facelifted W140's appear to be fitted with w210 folding mirrors from '97 on we found out today, so quick swap at the parts counter - turns out to be a bit cheaper than a W140 mirror too - Â£211 inc vat.
On inspecting the door, it was found that the door check had ripped the door seam wide open and damaged the surrounding metal. No chance of welding it up as the glass runner is right behind and would have distorted through the heat.
So, second hand door required as a new one is Â£950. A good door was sourced for Â£200, now all the fittings from my original door have to transferred to the new one and the door painted. There's a lot of kit in a W140 door, seat electrics, airbag, speakers, soft closure stuff, glass etc...
I've been driving a Honda Civic this week to get me back and forth to work, what a noise box they are, the whole car acts as a sound box on the motorway!
With all the parts, all the check straps have been replaced, paint and labour charge I was looking at a Â£1600 bill this morning. I was faced with a choice to either pass out or laugh, I laughed - handed over my very flexible friend and drove away with a cheery smile and wave. Got home and poured a large Barcardi.
The paint job is a corker, I can't tell old paint from new, so I suspect the whole side of the car has been painted.
There may be a moral here, if your door check straps are stiff and noisy replace them quick, they are cheap enough.
Big Car, Big Bills.