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Old 07-21-2002, 06:48 AM
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Question Throwing a towel into the front seat?

The dealer I just bought my 1988 300TE suggested the following fix for a soft driver's seat: take the seat cover off, place a towel on top of the springs, and replace the cover. He said it was easy, but is it? How does one do it? It sounds too good to be true! Also, does the fact that the seats are leather, powered and heated make a difference?

BTW, is there a FAQ section on this site other than the board-related one and the articles in the DIY section?

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Old 07-21-2002, 10:19 AM
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Hi Kericu:

There is an FAQ section, but it is mostly on how to use the site, set up user profiles, etc. Most answers/opinions/tips can be found using the 'search' feature. In this case the words 'seat pad' turned up several past threads:

Seat repair question

w124 front seat pads

A MBUSA STAR magazine article discussed the process in great detail (I may still have it around), and concluded it was easy to do, but difficult to do properly. But several members said they have done it and it isn't that difficult. If I were going to do this, I would spend the money for the new factory pad and/or springs rather than put in a towel, as the labor sounds like 3-4 hours, and the towel is likely to be an imperfect solution. I believe the parts are a couple hundred US dollars over hear, but may be lots less in Europe. Let us know how it works.

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Old 07-21-2002, 10:20 AM
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I think they revealed their secret to you. The seats should feel just like the W210 E Class seats as I am convinced they make them by loosely stuffing the leather with old towels. It is just what they feel like. I find the old seats were much more comfortable for long trips than these new ones. Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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Old 07-21-2002, 10:31 AM
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Take it to an upholstery shop and have the seat rebuilt. You'll be much happier. They can add springs to make it as firm as you want.

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