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Old 03-08-2007, 01:55 PM
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W124 Owners - Door Panel Rattles?

Am I the only one with door panels that rattle when I'm stopped and idling? I've taken every door panel off and repaired the old, broken plastic mushroom things that hold the door panel items (arm rest, door pocket, etc..) to the actual particle board panel, but I still get rattles on a few doors.

They're the kind of super annoying rattles that drive me bonkers, but as soon as I put any pressure at all on the panel (like touching it with a finger), the rattle is gone. As soon as I start moving, the rattles are gone.

I've even tried wedging folded up pieces of paper in the gap between the door panel pocket and the armrest, but that seems to have no effect.

What are some tricks to fix these rattles?
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:57 PM
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Mine do the same thing as yours. As soon as you find a solution, please let us know as I have yet to stop mine.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:12 PM
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:28 PM
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I can tell you what I found on the inside of my door when I took the panel off that I figured was for this very reason. Someone in the past had glued some of those self adhesive felt pads, thick ones, to the partical board. It probably puts enough pressure on the panel to stop it from rattling.
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:03 PM
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I've found that new engine mounts work well to reduce rattles.
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:16 PM
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thats the problem with 25 year old plastic, my panels also rattle, at iddle but that about it, sometimes its the screw within the panel that need to be tightened...
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:40 AM
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Had the same problem for about two months, finally figured out it was coming from the wood trim strip on the door. a little crazy glue and problem went away. As with most glues less is more. Good luck
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:57 AM
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This is a very inelegant solution, but....

I folded over a small piece of paper a number of times and wedged it in between the wood paneling and the door....and I pushed it in far enough so that the paper isn't very noticeable. Problem solved...sort of.
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:02 AM
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I've never had any rattles in my 300E since the first few days I had it when something was rolling around under the dash. After a few days it quit and has never rattled since.

I do detest the door panels of the 124 car. They are difficult to get off and made like an American car.

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There is a foam pad of sorts that MB sells for a few dollars that fits between the panel and the door. That might dampen the sound or reduce the vibration. I think gsxr has a picture of it on his site somewhere.
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Old 03-09-2007, 01:30 PM
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I've never had any rattles in my 300E since the first few days I had it when something was rolling around under the dash. After a few days it quit and has never rattled since.

I do detest the door panels of the 124 car. They are difficult to get off and made like an American car.

Good luck,
I actually love these door panels, aside from the rattle obviously

I used to have various rattles from all the door panels, but now only one rattles (I fixed the other panels). I like the way the door panels clip to the door and I find them very easy to take off. The removal procedure is much less prone to breaking clips/tabs (when you do it right) compared to the more common style of door panels with those little plastic push clips the inevitably rip through the door panel particle board.

Thanks for all the great tips guys, I'm going to pull the front passenger panel off and give a good look and probably use a hot glue gun to make sure things are nice and tight.

I will probably replace my motor mounts sometime, but the car hardly vibrates and I checked out the motor mounts a few weeks ago and they looked ok. Not great, but at least not terrible.
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Might be the B pillar instead.

Lots of rattle fixes in the W124 service CD.
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Old 03-09-2007, 01:41 PM
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Might be the B pillar instead.

Lots of rattle fixes in the W124 service CD.
I don't think so, but maybe.

At idle, the right front panel seems to rattle. As soon as I reach over and place a finger on the rear portion of the door pocket, the rattle is gone.

As I said before, paper wedges don't fix anything. The manner in which the external door panel pieces are glues to the actual door panel are extremely poor, but nothing a few extra screws and hot glue won't take care of
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