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Old 02-03-2019, 10:23 AM
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71 Mercedes 250 Rear Seat Removal.

Who can tell me how the rear bottom seat cushion comes out of my 1971 M.B. 250 ?



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Old 02-03-2019, 12:44 PM
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It is primarily held by large metal clips that extend into the seat support at the front-bottom of the seat.

I think the easiest (and lowest chance of any damage to anything) is to climb into the car and face forward (hunched over, obviously). I bang the seat base backwards with both hands. This jars it loose if any crud/rust is anchoring it (you can tell I have young kids). Then still hunched over, get your finger tips at the very bottom of the seat base, and lift it while pushing backwards. The clips will clear their anchoring points with a firm upward and rearward motion. Once the front is clear, the seat just slides forward out from under the seat back.

I probably put more care into this step than is necessary. The short answer is to just pry the front of the seat upward with your hands, but I like to avoid using the vinyl in tension if I can avoid it. I find it can take a bit of force to get it to release, and just don't want to risk ripping anything.
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Old 02-03-2019, 03:46 PM
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The rear seat bottom has two latches, one each side, under the front edge at floor level.
The latch handles are a wire loop that protrude from under the seat, and are usually red or orange. Push the loop sideways to disengage the latch, and lift up slightly on the seat so that the latch clears the stud on the floor. Repeat on the other side, then pull the seat forward.
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Wow, that is amazing that I have this so wrong. I have only had access to two w114/w115 rear seats, and neither had any sort of exposed wire loop to release a latch. Just springy metal clips that engage against the front edge of the rear seat support structure. Frank has been doing this a lot longer than I have, so my two experiences must have been unusual. Sorry to lead the OP astray.
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Okay, so I got out my ancient version of the w114/w115 FSM, and all it says is for the Removal of Rear Seat Cushion is "Lift the rear-seat cushion at the front and take it out." They do have a picture of the metal clips in Figure 92-1/1 (see pic), so maybe that will help communicate how it all works.

More recent versions of the FSM have edited out this section. Not sure why.
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As with so many things from Mother Benz, there is always the possibility of two (or three) versions of the same device; design changes from 1968 to 1976 that have escaped the attention of any one (or all) of us, this writer included.
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As with so many things from Mother Benz, there is always the possibility of two (or three) versions of the same device; design changes from 1968 to 1976 that have escaped the attention of any one (or all) of us, this writer included.
Yup. You just have to look at your situation and work with what you have.

When I was reading your description of the wire loops I was thinking that yes, I have seen these but not on every car. I cannot recall the rhyme or reason to which ones have them and which don't. It is almost as if Mercedes went with one method, tried another, went back to the first method, then on to something else....
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