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Old 02-12-2008, 08:53 PM
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300SL Questions

Thanks for the help y'all have provided with questions about my recently acquired 1992 300SL. I have a few more.

The armrests in both doors will not open to access the storage compartment. They seem to be locked. I have tried all three positions of the central locking system cylinder in the dash and have locked and unlocked the doors from inside and outside, but no luck. All other compartments open just fine. Any ideas?

I see a mesh windscreen mentioned in the owners manual, but I don't have one. Was that standard? Any suggestions where to get one? Is it supposed to be stored behind the cover at the back wall of the trunk?

The console cover/armrest is in rough shape. Any suggestions where to get a replacement?

I am missing a few miscellaneous plastic trim pieces. The dealer charges an arm and a leg for things like that and I haven't located an SL at any of the local junk yards to pick over. Are there any mail order places that part out Mercedes?


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Old 02-12-2008, 09:14 PM
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The door pockets are locked via vacuum actuators along with the doors themselves. If the doors lock, but the pocket covers don't, ( or the other way around ) you possibly have a bad actuator or the vacuum line is plugged or busted. You'll need to dis-assemble the door from the inside to fix this. There are instructions on how to do that in the forum...use the search.

The windscreen is an after market accessory. It can be found at places like the forum sponsor and other online MB aftermaket supplies. It is mounted so as to "store" in position. It's spring loaded, so you just reach back and put it up or down manually.

You can get the center cover "re-covered" at a leather upholster / top shop. But it won't be cheap.

Unfortunately those little plastic pieces are expensive at the dealer, but there are a couple of guys parting out cars on this forum. Make a specific list and post a request.
Resistance is Futile.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:14 PM
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Thought a little more about this and....check the position of the central locking switch.....It's the key hole on the dash next to the upper center glove box ( above the vents ). This key locks all the interior compartments.

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