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Old 07-02-2003, 06:22 PM
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E420 Seat rattle / click

I have done numerous searches on this subject and have found no specific advice as to what the fix for this seat rattle is. It sounds like the R/R of the seat rails themselves.

While I'm driving the car if I change between acceleration and braking, the seat makes a clicking noise as if the seat rails are banging together. A previous thread makes reference to this noise, but there never was a conclusion.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Does anyone know the approx. cost for a new set of seat rails? Or, does anyone know of a quick and easy 'quick fix' to help alleviate this problem.

I've got my car almost perfect now except for this damn clicking noise. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2003, 07:08 PM
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
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Are you sure you didn't find info in the archives under "seat" or "seat rail", etc.?

I believe the early W210's had problems with loose seat rails, and remember reading a number of posts on this. It is not an uncommon complaint, and comes up on the board from time to time.

In any event, the solution seems to always be to replace the seat rails.

Good luck.
Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
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Old 07-03-2003, 09:33 PM
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Thanks Suginami, I did end up finding some stuff under seat 'click' and seat frame. I printed several pages out from this forum and took them to the Mercedes dealership. Ha ha ha.

To make a long story short, I will never go back to the dealership for ANYTHING again. They had no clue and seemed to take the Clinton attitude of deny deny deny. They had 'kind of' heard of this problem before--yeah right.

So anyway, I showed the guy at the parts counter JimSmith's thread where it says you can call the 800 number and ask for "Special Parts Support" and ask for the 'special front seat bolts.' After almost an !!!HOUR!!! of him waiting on hold, he came back and said that there was no known bulletin, nor was there any documentation of any 'special bolts' for the front seats.

If you can give me the number to your shop, Jim, I'd really appreciate it. I can't seem to get anywhere with the 800 number and I'd really like to get this fixed before it requires a $1000 seat frame.

I'm quickly getting a bitter taste in my mouth about Mercedes Service. Why is there a 20-40 min. wait time on the 800 number? God forbid if I had paid $55,000 for this car I would have opened fire on the dealership this morning!
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