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it's several times now that i've had to replace BOTH rear tail light,plastic lenses and i'm getting sick and tired of it. what is it about this model that seems to be a magnet for every shopping cart(what i suspect) on the planet or every nitwit who decides to have vengeance on humanity over their self-made problems(i don't wear a tin-foil hat,so i suspect it's not this,..but you never know!)? is it the unfortunate height and location? are we the only ones having this problem over and over again? they don't even have enough time to get old and yellow,..they just both end up being cracked,eventually.

main topic---> anyway,is there some kind of protection kit sold somewhere for this? has anyone here come up/made their own?(pictures please) i want to know before i drop several hundred dollars,ONCE AGAIN,on colorful plastic.(i'm actually tempted to drill into the body and make my own,..again,i'm very tired of this)


the wagon is not driven through nor parked in any war zones or bad neighborhoods,..and it is always parked as safe,away from other vehicles and shopping cart receptacles,as much as possible and in as safe position as can be humanly done,....but we still need to park in supermarkets,malls,etc. and not have to walk 1K miles.(i'm stating this in the hopes of not getting any lectures,..trust me,we are very careful to park in a safe place where nothing hits the car,....it doesn't seem to matter,like i said,magnet)

the model in question is a 94 e320 estate/station wagon.

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I have 2 wagons, and broken tail lights has never been an issue.

However, I do tend to park away from traffic in parking lots to avoid stray shopping carts. It was a bad lesson learned after a shopping cart hit my less than 2 weeks old brand new car when I was a lot younger and left a nice ding in the fender.
 

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.....so just basically suck it up and be the one who parks way out there,all by your lonesome where no one's even watching,and just walk and walk and walk.......(and also make your MB an easy target for that theft ring with a tow truck that happens to be roaming around that nice area)(not a great idea for a woman on her own either)


anybody know where i can buy some rear lenses made out of kryptonite?:rolleyes:
 

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I think it's alll about being sensible. That means avoiding parking in the first 5 isles to be as close to the store as possible.

Walk the extra 25 steps or so and park where the car herd starts to thin out a just a tad. Usually, middle of the lot is fine.

I don't think you need to worry about somebody trying to haul away a old W124 with a flatbed. If you had a SLR on the other hand, yeah I'd be more worried too.

Like I said, I've never had taillights go bust on me but then again I don't fight to park storefront.
 

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Where is it that you live where people break your tail lights and is too fearsome to walk an extra few feet to the store? Might just want to check out a safer area
 

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I think it's alll about being sensible. That means avoiding parking in the first 5 isles to be as close to the store as possible.

Walk the extra 25 steps or so and park where the car herd starts to thin out a just a tad. Usually, middle of the lot is fine.

I don't think you need to worry about somebody trying to haul away a old W124 with a flatbed. If you had a SLR on the other hand, yeah I'd be more worried too.

Like I said, I've never had taillights go bust on me but then again I don't fight to park storefront.
+1.:thumbsup:

Priler, you don't "have to suck it up, and be the one who parks way out there". But, if you do "park way out there", you'll be parked next to me, and I would be happy to escort you as we "walk walk walk" into the store. All exercise is good.

You might want to google "headlight protection film", find the stuff they sell to protect headlights from stone chips, and put that on your rear lenses.

I have never had a rear lense broken on any car I've ever owned including my TE.
 

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You can get custom brush guards madd. Maybe some premade ones fit. Thats about the only thing that will protect them from accidental impact
 

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I think it's alll about being sensible. That means avoiding parking in the first 5 isles to be as close to the store as possible.

Walk the extra 25 steps or so and park where the car herd starts to thin out a just a tad. Usually, middle of the lot is fine.

I don't think you need to worry about somebody trying to haul away a old W124 with a flatbed. If you had a SLR on the other hand, yeah I'd be more worried too.

Like I said, I've never had taillights go bust on me but then again I don't fight to park storefront.

you just described exactly what we do. i dunno,perhaps it's just been bad luck.
 

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Where is it that you live where people break your tail lights and is too fearsome to walk an extra few feet to the store? Might just want to check out a safer area

"fear" and "safe area" is not the issue and does not apply at all to us.
 

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+1.:thumbsup:

Priler, you don't "have to suck it up, and be the one who parks way out there". But, if you do "park way out there", you'll be parked next to me, and I would be happy to escort you as we "walk walk walk" into the store. All exercise is good.

You might want to google "headlight protection film", find the stuff they sell to protect headlights from stone chips, and put that on your rear lenses.

I have never had a rear lense broken on any car I've ever owned including my TE.
ds190,in all likelihood,if you saw me,you would probably say "who on earth would mess with THAT guy". chances are good that i would be the one to escort,with the escorted on my back(or two),and walk the extra distance. also,i routinely still exercise,cut a very formidable presence,have had actual training and have had my CCP for years and routinely carry.(then again,this is the internet age,you could just be talking to an 80 lbs.,16 year old girl with pigtails,...right?)

however,there're two woman that also use this car,..one of them i'm always trying to get "into" and the other i "came out of". these two i DO worry about.

your other suggestion is good though. unfortunately,i really don't think that any regular protection film will protect from this particular type of damage,plus,the shape of the tail lights will make it difficult without air bubbles and water(still,i'm going to think about it,...maybe carefully cut layers upon layers,..or something like that,..and with maybe no air bubbles and moisture). thanks,it at least gives me a possible,part solution although the type of impact i'm trying to protect against is not stone chips.
 

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You can get custom brush guards madd. Maybe some premade ones fit. Thats about the only thing that will protect them from accidental impact
best idea so far.:thumbsup:

i looked a bit after your suggestion,none are made specifically for this wagon(no surprise there,..more for the offroad crowd). i will try and see if the custom route is possible but this wagons design and outside shape leaves little or no room for customization.
 

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Just happen to me first time after 5 years with my wagon, now the question is where to find one in US. I know I wont find any here.
 
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