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Old 02-02-2004, 02:30 PM
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C230 (202) Need New Headlight Lenses, Questions...

Well both of my headlight lenses on the 1997 C230 are craked. My local dealer has the OEM parts (202-820-63-66 and 202-820-64-66) for just the lenses at $138.00 USD EACH.

Anyone have opinions on where to get a better price (and possibly product)? I'm not agaist paying the almost $300 bucks, but I have to check that I it's an OK way to go.

I live near Potomac German Auto (scrap yard/used parts) and was thinking about giving them a call to see about a lower price. Does anyone have any great ideas as an alternate source for OEM parts?

Additionally, I'm really an OEM kind of guy, but if there's some miracle aftermarket part that's a good value and performance, I'd be open to any ideas.

Thanks in advance for any input. Best regards,
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Old 02-02-2004, 03:14 PM
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You've answered your own question with Potomac.
I'd sure as hell mind paying $ 300.00 for 2 headlight lenses.
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Old 02-02-2004, 05:31 PM
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Thanks, Manny.

I called and found out PGAUTO only sells the whole assemblies (nice to know they do stock them). The closest I could find to what I need (just the lenses) is the whole assembly with damaged tabs. It would have all the bulbs, side marker lenses, etc., but the cost is higher than just the lenses from the dealer... additional cost, plus I don't want to become my own parts warehouse, sent me looking some more.

So... Phil hooked me. Thank you, sir. I really appreicate your assistance.

Thank you to the other good folks who recommended Internet stores offering good products, too.

Best,

Michael
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Old 02-02-2004, 06:10 PM
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I just lost a front lens on my C230. I checked around and found new (they told me Bosch) lens for $89 each at: http://www.germanstar.net/202bod.htm
Good luck!
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:07 PM
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Hi Mower,

Thanks. It's nice to know we have choices. Good luck to you, too.

Have you installed yours yet? Any tips to offer?

I really don't mean to get into a pissing contest, but suffice to say that I'm a savvy shopper and am quite please with the products, cost, (and, to me, most importantly) service provided by our hosts.

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Old 02-04-2004, 03:50 PM
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Michael, I couldn't believe it--Silver Star delivered the lens to me in 1-day (of course it helps that I live in Tucson and they're in Phoenix). Easy exchange, take off minor trim pieces, remove the clips, install the new lens cover (comes with a gasket--which I partially glued on), replaced clips, trim, and completed. I don't consider myself very mechanical, but this was a 15-min., easy job with just a screw driver needed. Good luck with yours!
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