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Old 06-11-2003, 04:41 PM
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seat switch 4 300e

hi everyone,
could anybody help me with info on where i can buy a seat switch
for the drivers seat on my 300e 2.6 1990.
the back part of the seat is stuck in the back position.
thanx in advance.
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Old 06-11-2003, 04:51 PM
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this appears to be a common wear and tear replacement item- - you can use a number of sources for new switch (no memory):

dealer- about $100

here are fastlane about $80 + shipping

other on-line MB parts retailers

hope this helps- easy fix if its the switch that has gone dead- -seat motors seem to be more robust vs. the switc!
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Old 06-11-2003, 05:28 PM
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Hopefully it is the switch. Cheaper/easier than other possibilities

Could try the used route to save $$.


I read somewhere that these things can be cracked open and cleaned, but I have no further details.

You may want to test the switch with a multi-meter before pre-emptively replacing it. You could also jump the seatback terminals to prove the motor will operate.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
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Old 06-12-2003, 11:54 PM
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thanks -Fad and Csnow for your ideas,i'll try to put them to
use this weekend.
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:29 PM
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Try this (temporary)

I had a switch that would only work partially (would only make the seat back move, not the seat cushion go back & forth).
I removed the adjusting knob, took a can of electrical contact cleaner, put the small tube into the spray head, inserted the tube through the opening into the switch and gave it a shot.

I immediately replace the knob and moved the seat position to where I wanted it. Temporary fix but it worked for me.

Switches are easy to replace but (for a small electrical part) rather expensive. I think I paid $80-90 for mine.
Jay Yambrovich
Scotts Valley, CA.

1993 300 CE Cabriolet (A124) 131K miles
1997 C-280 133K miles

2000 BMW R1100RT 69K miles
1989 300 E 216K miles (sold)
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