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Old 05-20-2004, 03:00 PM
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Question for suginami? Re-badging 300E to E320?

Hello: I see that under your signature you claim to have "re-badged" the 1993 300E to an E320. Can you explain how the trunk emblem was "blended" in to the paint, as the 300E emblem is larger and wider than the E320? By know you should have guessed I am a 93' 300E owner and am looking to "re-badge" mine as well!! Any suggestions highly aprreciated! Andrew in Orlando, FL
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:58 PM
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I had a body shop do the "rebadging" for me when I had my car in to have the front and rear bumpers repainted.

Our cars have a black impact strip in the center of the bumpers, whereas '94-'95 W124's have bumpers that are completely painted.

Anyway, the "300E" emblem can be removed with dental floss. The letters are simply glued onto the trunk.

I purchased a new "E320" badge from the dealer, and it simply sticks on.

You can't tell the badge was changed as the paint had not faded at all.

FWIW, if I was going to do this again, I might have badged it as a "320E", as they were badged this way in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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Old 05-24-2004, 03:38 AM
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FWIW, if I was going to do this again, I might have badged it as a "320E", as they were badged this way in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Strangely, in Australia they were badged 320E (and 320CE for the coupe and cabriolet) and yet the 2.8 litre versions were badged 300E (and 300TE for the wagon). I believe in European markets the 2.8 was badged 280E (and 280TE). The later 260E also became a 300E-2.6 prior to the discontinuation of the 2.6 M103. The early M104 versions also were badged 300E-24 (since the M103 300E was still available) and 300CE-24 (despite no M103 300CE being available). With the final update to the W124 we got the E220, E280 and E320. Our early W140s were also badged 300SE (for the 3.2), 400SEL (for the 4.2), 500SEL (for the 5.0) and 600SEL (for the 6.0) until the update made them S320, S420, S500 and S600. All just part of the sometimes confusing MB badging.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:28 AM
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Crazy.

In the U.S., the '92 and '93 W140's were badged the same as Australia.

Your 1993 300E with the 2.8 liter M104 engine were badged as 300E's.

Our 1993 300E with the 2.8 liter M104 engine were badged as 300E 2.8.

If my car was badged 300E 3.2 (following the example of the 300E 2.8), or 320E (like the rest of the world), then I would have left it alone.
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