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Old 05-06-2004, 02:37 AM
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The lenses look red but flash orange. Don't know how, don't know why... it may be there is an orange bulb in there, but I was in the rear lights changing my brake bulb a few days ago and didn't notice it.

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Old 05-06-2004, 02:49 AM
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I bought the rears as complete modules. These are supplied with all lamps so it's just a matter of a few nuts and they're swapped! I'll look up the part number for you if you want to ensure you get the same, but as far as I'm aware, (in the UK at least), there were only ever three different styles and mine are the latest (post '98).

The indicators look red but flash orange - there is no orange bulb, it's all done with cleaver lens design. If you look through the lens from the inside out (as if you were a bulb) you cannot see the red, just orange. I guess based on similar technology as two way mirrors etc!

IMHO - they are worth every penny and weren't prohibitively expensive either - unlike some other components I've had to purchase. However - you won't increase the value of your car with 'em


Weather's has been rather up and down this week and also a little cold but I'm hoping the lid can come off this weekend and assuming it's sunny; out comes the Olympus digicam again. Whoops, brand pushing again....

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Old 05-06-2004, 02:50 AM
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The lenses look red but flash orange...
I've just looked back through this thread and noticed that Sleeper says the tail lights are red but still have a built in orange reflector.

Problem solved. But I still wonder why my MB dealership said it couldn't be done when it seems that these rears are standard for the post-98 SL's.

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Think your MB dealer is telling porkies!!
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Old 05-06-2004, 02:53 AM
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...I'll look up the part number for you if you want to ensure you get the same
Thanks Lea, it will be a good double check.

Looking at your car, I'm itching to get a-changing!

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Old 05-06-2004, 02:56 AM
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Think your MB dealer is telling porkies!!
Yes, they're typical techies... when they don't know the answer, nobody's going to know about it!
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Old 05-06-2004, 03:35 AM
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The rear complete module part numbers are:

Part No Description
MA129 820 38 64 N/STK TAIL LAMP
MA129 820 35 64 GG044 TAIL LAMP

BTW - I've been told that you should replace the rubber surround when changing lenses and that's one of the reasons I bought the complete unit. Those aftermarket lens changes often end up leaky and we couldn't have that on our Benz's could we!
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Great, thanks Lea!

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