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Can a power rear sunshade be installed in a 98 e430 mercedes? Are the wires already in place with the wiring harness? Has anyone the done this to their Mercedes? If so I would like the steps to disassemble and install.
 

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Although I don't have a specific answer for you, I'd bet a ton of money as the back shelf is designed differently with the shade equipped models; the shade was not a cheap thing factory installed. Will look forward to a specialists comment?
 

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youngblood said:
Can a power rear sunshade be installed in a 98 e430 mercedes? Are the wires already in place with the wiring harness? Has anyone the done this to their Mercedes? If so I would like the steps to disassemble and install.
I've seen a couple of your postings, I just have one statement. It looks like you are questioning upgrades that some of our models come with already but may not be on others. I have a bear bones 98 E320, no heated seats, no rims, no sun shade, nothing. I would love those items too, so I decided to gather up a couple of ideas and list them that would change the esthetics of my vehicle. They are simple ideas that shouldnt run me more that $2,000.oo over a period of time. In the mean time I am keeping my eye out for the type of W210 I would realy like to aquire in the future, I figured if I wait upon trade in I could get a w210 with all the features and less miles than the one I have at the time of trade in, which in my prospective once you calculate all the expences it would take to perform all "Your Upgrades" that would be a down payment on a vehicle that comes with all the features your talking about. Just my thoughts. Good luck with your mods.
 

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I agree with SBD but was hesitant to mention it earlier. The chances are pretty good that you will be throwing money away by these various retrofits. Save your money and enjoy your Benz as much as you can for now. There are tons or pre-owned MBs for sale, just be prepared to travel to where the car with the options you want is located. I say this because you need to be where the car is to make sure you get a competant PPI (pre-purchase inspection). Believe it or not, there are a few MB owners who don't take very good care of their cars.
 

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Were you to obtain the Service DVD for W210 from your dealer or at 800.for.merc you'd find a procedure entitled "Retrofitting Scissors-type Sunshade for Rear Window."

The procedures includes two main steps:
retrofit wiring harness
retrofit sunshade

The former involves removal/replacement of lots of the interior as the wiring harness runs from underhood to the rear. You'll also be removing the center console to install the switch, which requires a different piece of wood.

The sunshade installation appears fairly simple, as it's a complete rear shelf replacement.
 

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Were you to obtain the Service DVD for W210 from your dealer or at 800.for.merc you'd find a procedure entitled "Retrofitting Scissors-type Sunshade for Rear Window."
Retrofitting Scissors-type Sunshade for Rear Window (PDF)

From reading that, it seems the high points are that the harness runs from the console to a fuse/relay box near the driver's footwell, then along the left floor to the rear window.

The driver's seat is removed, as well as the carpet at the driver's feet, the dead pedal (footrest), and the accel pedal is pedal is "loosened".

Really, this doesn't sound like a lot more work than changing a voltage regulator or motor mount, and probably a lot less oily :laugh

I've just arranged to purchase a complete sunshade pull from a parts car for a quite reasonable price -- the color of the shelf may even match my interior -- and I hope to install it this Spring.

While I agree that it's generally a better idea to buy the car you want than to buy something lesser and turn it into the car you want, in my case I wanted a Green car, and after having looked for fifteen months for a Green W210 1998-99, I had to settle for one that didn't have every option I'd wanted, and merely rust-free, within 1500 miles, under 150k, and pass the pre-purchase inspection (bad radio, bad drivers seat switch). That was hard enough, without having to have the Xenon headlights, seat warmers (which I got, after all), and sunshade.
 
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