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I've just got a personalised plate for my "51" reg C200K.

K200 MBC - well it seemed appropriate.

As this will conceal the car's true age, are there any "give-away" revisions that a sharp-eyed MB fan would spot?

I know that the speedo & tacho dials on the dash were changed ... any other clues to the true age?
 

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Clear lenses - headlights and repeaters on face-lifted models - these are the most obvious

I believe there were subtle revisions to the dash along with the one's you have already mentioned!
 

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Clear lenses, Grill, Bumpers, tail lights, wing mirror lights, alloys


Not very clear this picture:

 
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The other thing that gives the cars away on the road is the wider track of the facelift models. Not sure if this is just a wheel offset or a suspension mod, but it's the first thing I notice.:eek:
 

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Door window mouldings (called garnish mouldings) also get chrome inserts on Elegance & Avantgardes.

IIRC Aero Wipers also came in around facelift time.
 

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Almost more important than anything else or cosmetic, the facelifted W203's became fully galvanised.
 

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I've just got a personalised plate for my "51" reg C200K.

K200 MBC - well it seemed appropriate.

As this will conceal the car's true age, are there any "give-away" revisions that a sharp-eyed MB fan would spot?

I know that the speedo & tacho dials on the dash were changed ... any other clues to the true age?

A sharp-eyed person should know that there were no W203s of any revision at K Reg time....
 

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One exceedingly minor difference between the pre and post facelift W203's is that on the post facelift car there is a tiny small hole on the centre underside of the interior rear view mirror. This is for a small amber coloured "ambient" light that throws a dim glow over the centre console/gear lever area at night. Pre facelift cars dont have this and I doubt whether any owner of a pre facelift car has ever gone to the bother to add this small feature. And there are dozens of other tiny little mods like this.
A real ultra-sharp eyed MB spotter will pick up on at least some of these little tweaks.
 
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A sharp-eyed person should know that there were no W203s of any revision at K Reg time....

LOL

The K was meant to stand for Kompressor........

:)
 

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Also, the facelift 203s have a chrome strip in the trim immediately below the windows (maybe only elegance and avatgarde?). You can see this in the photo in post #3.

And the interior trim on the avantgardes changed from a cheque metal effect to a small ribbed alloy pattern (God, I'm really scraping the barrel here!)
 

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someone told me here that also prefacelifted W203 are equipped with aero wiper starting form end of '03.
They do - I have an 04 pre facelift and it has them. (Although it is now an N reg with the private plate!)
 

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One exceedingly minor difference between the pre and post facelift W203's is that on the post facelift car there is a tiny small hole on the centre underside of the interior rear view mirror. This is for a small amber coloured "ambient" light that throws a dim glow over the centre console/gear lever area at night. Pre facelift cars dont have this and I doubt whether any owner of a pre facelift car has ever gone to the bother to add this small feature. And there are dozens of other tiny little mods like this.
A real ultra-sharp eyed MB spotter will pick up on at least some of these little tweaks.

I retrofitted my CL203 with dimming rear view mirror(mine was non dimming), which just happened to have the ambient light!
This was one of the quickest & most satisfying upgrades, as you actually see the difference(ie the dimming) whenever you drive. Many retrofits/mods are unseen whilst driving as they are on exterior.
 

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They do - I have an 04 pre facelift and it has them. (Although it is now an N reg with the private plate!)


I've retrofitted new wiper arms to install factory aero wipers:) since mine is a '03 W203 without them
 

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to be correct you gave me the idea, but as known your part number was totally useless for me:D :D
 

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