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I had a sticker on my pillar that said airbag replacement date and it was 8/2012. now I went to the mercedes service department(aka Dealer). Now the service man told me that only applies to pre 1992 cars but mercedes put them in all of there cars, so they hooked it up to the computer and showed no faults with cluster, srs and seat belts so they removed the sticker from the pillar. Oh yeah forgot to mention it was a free service for me.

But really why put the sticker there if its pointless? :confused:

they just said its precautionary, and the other worker as joke said "so if you crash your car after that month and the air bag doesn't deploy you can't sue us". the they showed me the bulletin stating that is only for pre-92 cars and that 92-present airbags air lifetime airbags.
 

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thats interesting, thanks i was wondering about the sticker, mine is way past its due date lol
they told me something else that was interesting. near that time the srs light comes on so the customer would take it for diagnosing. But they said its harmless. So ALL U.S. w140's have lifetime airbags.
 

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Yup you learn something new everyday. All i did was go to the dealer to get license plate screws and then asked about that
 

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Question was asked and answered:

The reason for the sticker is because when they were being applied, MB didn't really KNOW how long the plastic/charge/SRS system would hold up, so they advised that at a certain point in the future (12-years, 15 years?), they were advising swapping the system out so as to maintain safety.

Years after they started putting the stickers on, their scientists/engineers figured the SRS configuration did NOT have to be swapped out as it appears to function long after the arbitrary replacement date was chosen.
 

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Question was asked and answered:

The reason for the sticker is because when they were being applied, MB didn't really KNOW how long the plastic/charge/SRS system would hold up, so they advised that at a certain point in the future (12-years, 15 years?), they were advising swapping the system out so as to maintain safety.

Years after they started putting the stickers on, their scientists/engineers figured the SRS configuration did NOT have to be swapped out as it appears to function long after the arbitrary replacement date was chosen.
Thats what they told me but in one sentence. They just said we didnt how long it will last so we but expected service date. Then they said its a lifetime part.
 

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Mine said it was due in 2006, but good to hear I don't need to change em. Not that I plan on crashing int anything anytime soon lol
 

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Mine said it was due in 2006, but good to hear I don't need to change em. Not that I plan on crashing int anything anytime soon lol
my conversation was pretty funny. i walked into the parts department and asked for the prices and the worker asked did you hit the car, i said no but the replacement date is up then he sent the service men over and they checked everything and said my driver seat belt is bad but everything else is perfect. and they removed the date stickers

parts department told it would cost about $4k for all airbags. and with cluster, srs module and belts are over $6k. its good that all w140s have lifetime parts :)

if your light isn't on remove the dates off the srs sticker
 

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What dealer did you go to?
 

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What dealer did you go to?
Called Calstar Mercedes. But went to Keys Van Nuys because I actually trust these guys. Calstar was known for selling aftermarket parts(surprising a dealer would do that) Was told they do that from multiple mercedes dealers.
 

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Calstar was known for selling aftermarket parts (surprising a dealer would do that). Was told they do that from multiple Mercedes dealers.

Be careful about how you "trust". Not all "aftermarket" parts are the same. Some dealers will offer OES parts, as do most indy shops, to save customers some $$$. I'm not talking about non-OES replacement parts. There's nothing wrong with OES parts, as they came off of the same production line and most have a better warranty than those from MBNA...without the MBNA mark up. MBNA frowns on dealers who cut them out of the profit chain.
 

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Never really go to Calstar. I just had them do my transmission service the second week of ownership and they messed everything up. I went to calstar for my cousin's e320 and got sold uro parts that were just garbage and we had to redo the job.
 
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