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Old 10-25-2001, 04:32 AM
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Question Center Armrest Cover Removal & Replacement

I have a 1991 300E with the grey leather interior. In this year there was only the basic adjustable armrest without the storage case.

Over the years the center armrest has taken on some significant wear. I have checked into renewing the center armrest -- but JEEZ it's several hundred dollars!

I'm thinking that it may be possible to simply renew the cover instead on the whole armrest.

Is this possible? Can the cover be taken off? Is there a replacement cover for the center armrest?


1991 300E (Autobahn Modified)
1986 Trans Am (Race Modified)
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Old 10-29-2001, 09:46 PM
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The answer to your question is yes. Call Express Automotive @ 800-445-9161. They run about $50.00 in leather and $35.00 in MB Tex.

BTW, I'm considering trading my '85 300D for a '91 300E like yours. Any thoughts or recomendations? This one has 140K on the clock and can be had for $6500.

91 300E 120K
90 300SE 275K (sold)
92 BMW 525iM 120K
90 BMW 525iA 175K
85 300D 175K (sold)
84 300SD 245K (sold)
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Old 10-31-2001, 03:34 PM
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I tried the Express Automotive number recommended by Mr. Bill. I get a message stating that "the mobile satellite number is no longer in service".

Anyone know the correct number ??
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Old 11-01-2001, 12:35 AM
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Express Automotive (the upholstery co., NOT the body parts company) has not had their website up or their phones on for over a month. Not a good sign. Try World Upholstery.
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Old 11-01-2001, 08:42 AM
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Mr. Bill:

I love the E-Class Mercedes. The 300 series is the summit of the evolution of the original 190E class.

I recommend the 1991 300E to you. You will find it an active and versitile Benz, capable of hurling you at incredible speeds - all day.

With 140K on the clock - look for the following possible trouble spots:

* Use of oil over time (about a quart every 1500 miles) - ask the current owner - this is a sign of wear in the valve train (guides and seals - note - there will likely be NO smoke - no matter when you start the car) It's is not a large problem - and for the cost of the quart of oil over the cost of a valve job - for the oil.

* Check the drivers door lock. See that as you activate the factory secutiry system (by locking the door) that you can unlock the door - in you normal fashion - and the the system will disarm. Sometimes the drivers door lock barrel contacts become dirty or worn - and the disarm/alarm (by unlocking the door) is slow - so you have to put the key in again and twist it in the "unlock" direction again.

* Check all other "usual" points on a used car. E.g., ball joints, shocks/struts (for leaks), oil leaks (falling on pan under the engine), Air conditioner, play in the steerting assembly (should not be more than 3/4 inches (MAX!), etc...

For the price - it's sounds nice - but do your homework (now that you know what to look for in the car) - and maybe you can get the price further reduced!

Best of luck!

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