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I purchased my 2003 S430 4matic a few weeks ago. I noticed right away that the rear trunk said S500. We checked the vin's and it is a S430 as advertised. I was going to leave it as because i did not feel like removing and replacing. But I'm going to change it. Why would the guy before me do this? To make others think that he has 27 more HP and lumbar in the rear? I don't get it.
 

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That is exactly why some do it. You have a great car in an S430 (especially an S430 4Matic). There is no need to have it masquerade as something else. You show good judgement in restoring its badging to original.

I understand the lettering comes off with dental floss, and any residual tape with nail polish remover (acetone). When you put the restored letters on, here's a guide that should help (though it's for an S500, the spacing will be very, very close). Click the pic to enlarge.
 

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I agree, not sure why some of us are so vein about mis-badging their cars. I was recently in Frankfurt and quickly noticed how almost none of their cars, especially Mercedes have any model badges. I think you are doing the right thing putting the correct badge back on the car. Be proud of what you have.
 

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For a spell I put S 830 on the back of mine because of my birthday. You'd be surprised the amount of stares I got and questions. "hey man...I don't mean to bother you but what's an 830? I never heard of it." Depending on if they came off as a dick or not I would tell the truth or mess with them. I'd tell some people it was a discontinued test model. Some I told it was a v14 and only manufactured for a month due fuel costs. Eventually I took it off because I got tired of the questions and now it's just blank. Since I did a fictitious number I didn't think it was a big deal but I do think it's cheesy for people to upgrade from a S350 to a 430, 500, or 600. It was kinda cool knowing I had the only S830 on the road.
 

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I have had people ask me a couple of times if my 600 was "real" or is it really a V12?

obviously not MB knowledgables....
 

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For once I like to see someone with an S500 or S55 AMG,change his badging to S430. Or would that only happen when hell freezes over? :):):)
 

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or a maybe a Maybach?

There is a mention on the Maybach forum that there is a W220 that has been spotted that is badged as a Maybach.
 

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There is a mention on the Maybach forum that there is a W220 that has been spotted that is badged as a Maybach.
I have actually seen this impostor in my area, parked at valet parking in Irvine CA. He/she is not fooling anyone.
 

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:D I'll just put S750 on the rear. That will make it look like a 2015 :thumbsup:
acarter , i noticed you are close to Frederick, MD, an area that i am familiar with and was wondering where you have your S class serviced?
Do you recommend any good indie shops?
 

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acarter , i noticed you are close to Frederick, MD, an area that i am familiar with and was wondering where you have your S class serviced?
Do you recommend any good indie shops?
I do most of my own work. If its cold or i don't have the time i go to the Dealer. Euro Motor Cars in Germantown. There is a Tech who works there that does side work and lives in Fredrick. His name is John.
 

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acarter53: Do you mind sharing the techs information with me as well, I live about 30 miles south from you in VA. Thanks..
 

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acarter53: Do you mind sharing the techs information with me as well, I live about 30 miles south from you in VA. Thanks..
I cant remember his last name. He is on the other MB forum a lot. I will try to stop by the dealership and get his info
 
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