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Old 11-10-2003, 08:36 PM
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W124 front door mismatch

When I see the lower line of the windows from front door and rear door,
left and right look the same.

However, the top horizontal line of the driver's door does not match with the ceiling.

There is gap between the spongy rubber top and the ceiling at the rear of the driver's door.

I do not notice water leaking to the inside even in heavy rain.

However, I want to know the cause and the repair cost.

When I bought the car used, I did not notice this. Of course, I checked body line match carefully to avoid buying a car that had accident.

Can one of these be the cause?

1. A couple of times, my fiancee drove the car with the door not fully closed, then noticed rattling on bad road and then closed the door.

2. I had an accident a while ago. My car's front hit a Hondas right side (from just front of the front wheel to the middle of the rear door).
My car had only scratches on the front bumper and crumpled and removed front number plate.
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Old 11-19-2003, 10:44 AM
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How much is it to adjust the door?
Rear side of the driver door should go up a little to eliminate gap between rubber and ceiling frame.

Last edited by ktlimq; 11-19-2003 at 11:31 AM.
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:02 AM
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Does the door line up just before closing? In other words, it is the latch that pulls it down?

If you do decide to go the route of a body shop, be sure to check and make sure they work with Mercedes. Sometimes even a mechanical shop will know how to do door adjustments.

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Old 11-21-2003, 12:34 PM
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Before closing the door, the door is more out of alignment - there is more gap -.

The latch pushes the rear part of the driver's door up a little making the gap smaller.

However, even when the door is fully closed, there is gap between the top line of rubber on top of the door and the ceiling frame.

Last edited by ktlimq; 12-01-2003 at 08:08 PM.
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