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Old 06-03-2005, 12:03 PM
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Unhappy Rust on my 300E

I have a lot of rust build up on both of the lowest side strips on my 87 300E. It makes the car look bad...really bad. Anyone have experience with this issue? Repair cost? Here are some pictures.


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It's a common problem with the W124 and W201. The lower trim panel collects moisture/road salts, etc. and rusts around the jack hole covers and from the inside out. The best fix is to replace the lower trim with rust free units, applying extra rustproofing before installation or consider getting aftermarket sideskirts.
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It's a common problem with the W124 and W201. The lower trim panel collects moisture/road salts, etc. and rusts around the jack hole covers and from the inside out. The best fix is to replace the lower trim with rust free units, applying extra rustproofing before installation or consider getting aftermarket sideskirts.
Thanks for the response MTI. A few questions though. Is it possible to replace the lower trim yourself? Do you know of a website that supplies replacement trims? If replacing them becomes a pain, I'll consider aftermarket side skirts.
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I had the same problem with my 300E. My body man cut out the rusted out areas, welded heavy washers around the jack tube and re finished the both sides of the car. The cost was more than I expected, about $900 but was worth it to me because it was done right and it looks great!
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The lower trim on the pre-88 cars is screwed and clipped onto the body and is sold in that off-grey metal shade that all the cars had.
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The lower trim on the pre-88 cars is screwed and clipped onto the body and is sold in that off-grey metal shade that all the cars had.
Again, do you have a link to where they're sold? I'm having a hard time finding it. I searched this site, thepartsbin, adsitco, performanceproducts...and a few others. Thanks.
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I checked the EPC and the footnote indicates that the side sills aren't available anymore, so your best bet is a recycler either local or online.
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I checked the EPC and the footnote indicates that the side sills aren't available anymore, so your best bet is a recycler either local or online.
Thanks a lot MTI.
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