Sports grille emblem for W211 E Class needed

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  1. maestegman

    maestegman Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I need to get hold of a replacement MB star sports grille emblem for my W211.

    Apparently, MB only offer an entire grille replacement for £150 + VAT.

    I've tried eBay and gone through the online scrappies but to no avail.

    Any ideas?
     
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    W211's have never come with sports grilles?
     
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    Exactly what I thought but, apparently, mine does.

    There's no "stand-up" badge on the bonnet just the flat MB one.

    The grille (apologies for the lack of technical know-how) has shiny black vents and (up until someone removed it) a silver plastic MB star in the middle of it.
     
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    That will be some sort of aftermarket grille.

    You may find that the missing star was a genuine MB star off a van or a lorry, what size was it?
     
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    There used to be another 2003 E55K near me which had a flat bonnet badge and the Merc badge within the grill so they are out there - if this is what you are talking about?
     
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    Thanks Nick. I've spoken to MB and they have confirmed that it is a genuine part but the star isn't available on it's own. Obviously, I don't really want to buy the full grille.

    The star is approximately 7.5".
     
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    That's exactly what I'm talking about. It looks really good - when it's in place :)
     
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    Thanks Jaymanek.

    Yes - eBay was my first port of call but these are not what I'm after. I have the flat badge on the bonnet. I'm missing the much larger star emblem on the grille itself.
     
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    Don't do it!!!!!

    The W211 was born to have a plain grille with the bonnet star, not a great whopping Axor star!

    I'll cry myself to sleep if you do it!!!
     
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    Really sorry sweetpea but it was like it when I bought it back it March.

    I hear what you're saying but it looks daft at the moment with a black plastic fitting where the silver star used to sit.
     
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    None of the "sports" grilles are genuine, the only bit that might be is the star.
     
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    Thanks Nick. That's really interesting.

    Originally, when I contacted MB Parts they explained that the actual star was available to purchase for £27+VAT.

    However, when they put me through to my local dealers, they explained that the star was not available to buy separately.

    I went back to MB Parts and they redirected me to another dealers who confirmed that I couldn't purchase the star on its own but I could purchase the grille.

    I visited the local dealers and the fella on the parts desk (at MB Bridgend), who was very helpful, confirmed I could only buy the whole grille.
     
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    There is no star grille for a 211, but endless aftermarket ones, most of which use genuine star off vans as they are cheap, I would imagine that you'll find one to replace your missing one, but working out which one they used will require some dectective work.

    I've got a Vito star on my desk for some reason, and that's 6.5", so a Sprinter one might be worth looking at.
     
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    Did the rest of your old 638 rust away?
     
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    Thanks again Nick. Your help here is hugely appreciated.

    I've just been outside and measured the badge. It has a diameter of exactly 7.5".

    Looks like I'll need to recalibrate my search.
     
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    Yes.

    I swept it up, and there was the star.
     
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    It might be one of these:

    euromercwebstore: Grille Star

    I'll measure a few tommorow.

    Could be a sprinter, sl, 163 or off some sort of lorry - but the lorry ones are normally a bit too big.
     
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    That's fantastic -cheers Nick. I'd rip their arm off for a replacement under a tenner :)

    The star that was originally on my grille had "L" shaped hooks on the back of it. To attach the star, I remember that I had to slot the hooks into the holes in the fitting in the grille and rotate to lock.
     
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    What size the the W126 SEC grille star?
     

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