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Old 03-13-2008, 10:48 AM
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124 door handle and latch --urgent!

Ok, much frustration!! My drivers door latch completely ceased latching yesterday so I drove 35 miles home holding my door closed. With a five speed manual, in traffic, it was a challenge!

Get home start disassembling, I now have the outside handle loose but cannot remove and the latch itself seems to be hanging just off of the tumbler device for the key lock. Yet, I can get no further and of course can barely see in there by hunkering over and looking up, which cannot be done when my hands are in there!!

No joy on multiple seraches here and the MBCA site. No joy on mulitple searches in my MB CD set for the 124. No joy in looking through my 124 Bible (Stu Ritter's manual).

Anybody done this? Help! I now have three vehicles non-operational and I'm running out of transportation!!

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Old 03-13-2008, 10:53 AM
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Ok, it's been a while since I removed a door handle/lock on a W124, so I'll try my best to remember how (please correct me if I'm wrong here guys).

There is a small rubber grommet on the inside edge of the door. Remove the rubber grommet and loosen (no need to remove completely) the hex bolt that is there. This allows removal of the lock/handle. It's a 4mm allen bolt I think. Then to remove the handle, you need to insert your key and turn it about 30 degrees or so. This will allow you to remove the tumbler WITH THE KEY STILL IN IT. Don't remove the key! Once the tumbler is out, you will need to disconnect the alarm wire from it and then remove it completely.

Once it is out, the door handle should simply slide to the right, and then out.

What part exactly is malfunctioning? The handle or the catch?
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:22 AM
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Thanx so much. I was just out practicing on my 201 parts car and could see that I could get the tumbler out by turning it to slip it off the latch but did not think to try the key as a release mechanism!!

The latch itself seems to have completely died, the handles work fine. From the feel of it, this will not be rebuildable, it must have an internal spring that broke. Anyone know if a 201 latch will substitute in the 124?

Thanx again for the immediate response Zeus.
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W124M103(1989) -- sold to son's friend
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W124M103(1989) -- TE
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W201M103(1990) parts car
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:35 AM
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Np, you're welcome. Not sure if you'll be able to swap with the 201, could be worth a try though. I loved working on my W124, great car to DIY.

Good luck!
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2007 E550 4Matic - 61,000 Km - Iridium Silver, black leather, Sport package, Premium 2 package
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1998 E430 - sold
1989 300E - 333,000 Km - sold
1977 280E - sold
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:51 AM
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Eureka -- Zeus called it, turned my key, Voila, latch and handle out. And, it looks as if the 201 latch is a direct swap.

I bought the 201 from my mechanic after he used the head on one of my other 124s. Bought it mainly for the tranny but I'll tell ya, all the fiddly little bits that swap into my 3 124s has been a real benefit. If this latch works that alone justifies having the 201 sinking into the mud behind the barn!

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W124M103(1989) -- sold to son's friend
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W124M103(1987 -- 5 speed Euro) - sold to forum member
W124M103(1989) -- TE
W123OM616(1977)
W201M103(1990) parts car
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:53 PM
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Lest any future readers of this thread think the 201 latch is a direct swap into the 124 -- it is not, it is almost identical and mounts in the door OK. I have it installed right now just until I get the right latch (ironically one is in Wichita and I will be there tomorrow)

The 201 latch is too short to properly engage with the outside handle so my temporary fix requires me to open the driver's door by going in from the other side, or, reaching in through the open window, which has been the MO today -- it is 60 degrees!

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W124M103(1989) -- sold to son's friend
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W124M103(1989) -- TE
W123OM616(1977)
W201M103(1990) parts car
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