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Old 06-07-2001, 12:02 PM
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Finally had my smashed windshield replaced. I had to get a new piece of trim for the top of the windshield. When they gave me piece of trim from the windshield, it was black. The rest of my trim is a metallic sort of smoke chrome colour. I asked the parts man to come out and look at my car. He said my trim was originally black and had just faded. I have looked at several 92-94 cars and they all had trim the same colour as mine. He INSISTED that they were all black. Since I didn't really have a choice, I took the part. Didn't they change the trim on these cars around '90, when MB started painting the bumpers?
I would rather have the trim match. The smoke chrome looks MUCH better with my smoke silver car. If anyone knows if the trim changed, please let me know. I have some trouble believing that the black trim would fade that much. Maybe so...
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Old 06-07-2001, 12:35 PM
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I had the same problem about a year or so ago. The guy at the glass place knows what a fanatic I am, and called when the new trim piece arrived in black. I had them use the old piece.
Later I called 4 dealers they all told me the same thing, "it comes black and fades out". I gave up, and hope I never have to replace it, find it hard to believe all the trim on the car fades at the same rate, to evenly matched color. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.

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Old 06-10-2001, 10:30 AM
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The trims on the modified W201s and W124s came with dark chromes/smoked window and door trims. When mercedes added the lower body panels, they changed the gray matt trims for smoked ones. There are two colors available (there is a difference!!!), one is bronze-like, and the other is more towards black chrome/smoked...
I presume that your car has the bronze trims and that they ordered the black chrome trim?

The only W201/W124 that came with black (matt) window trims was the 190E 1.8

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