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As several other people I accidentally broke the tip of the GPS antenna on my '03 ML350. I think I pulled the car-cover down a bit hard and did not realize it was bending the antenna on the top. I called the dealership for replacement and the only way they sell the part to my surprise is the entire unit with wiring and everything included for $350 + labor + tax (would have ended up ~$500). I told the guy that it was ridiculous to pay $500 because a $10 part broke but there was nothing they could do.

I tried to search the forums for a solution but did not find anything specific to my model. So what I did I ordered an MB antenna cap for a different model to see if it is close enough to fit:

Mercedes W202 E320 CLK320 G500 G550 Telephone Antenna Cap NEW 202 827 00 31

Mercedes W202 E320 CLK320 G500 G550 Telephone Antenna Cap New 202 827 00 31 | eBay

Once I got it the cap was a bit wider than the original so I put a bit of Loctite super glue gel (GEL... it does not run down as you turn it upside down but sticks) and it is good as new to me. I will certainly not pay $500 for a cosmetic thing on a 10 years old car.

Here's how it looks like:

20130727_101844_zps408ee9f8.jpg Photo by zbordas | Photobucket

 

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Does anyone know if the thing that sticks up, like a probe, is just the Phone antenna. I think the GPS antenna is actually the flat base portion of the antenna. If this is true then it would be possible to just cut off the Phone antenna and seal up the hole somehow.
Mike
 
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