When I dropped my 2005 SL500 off at the dealership service this morning, I happened to look over my hood and saw that one of the hood vent wing tips had been broken off somehow. I'm pretty sure I need to replace the whole vent assembly. It's an external trim part. It is the driver's side hood vent near the windshield with the three plastic fins on it. It has a rain sensor in it and a wiper spray nozzle too. After a fruitless 10 minutes of searching the internet, I can't seem to find any references to what that part is called or what the part number is.
If anyone knows of a salvaged part or someone has an extra one lying around, I'd be glad to take it off their hands (with compensation of course) or I'd like at least a part number so I can call the parts department and get a quote.
Friend of mine in SoCal had one of these... really lowered. At first I was embarrassed as hell to ride in it. We got to the mall, entered the parking lot, neared a speed bump, and my friend looked back at me grinning and said "watch this". He got the front wheels over the bump, then "CRRSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" as the undercarriage dragged over the bump. The look on the peoples' faces nearby was priceless. I just about pissed myself laughing in the back seat. Good times.
Friend of mine in SoCal had one of these... Good times.
Anyway, thanks for the link to the chrome covers but $189 is a little steep. I'm going to be talking to the service guy as it looks like one of their tech guys broke it. The fin is not completely broken off, its the last inch or so of the thinnest part near the windshield that broke off. Like someone took the tip and snapped it off. I went back through my pictures that I took after I washed it about a month ago (lol, I know, but it's been too cold to wash anything lately) and all the hood vent fins are just fine. Damn clumsy techs. What're they doing, laying on the hood? I just want the fin fixed and to put my baby back to the same condition it was in just a couple of weeks ago.
Well, the techs still wanted to argue with me on who broke it even though I had pictures of it being perfectly fine about 4 weeks before I brought it in. Fun fun.
Anyway, if anyone ever needs to know, the part number for the driver's side vent module is #230 8301118 and the part costs about $250 ($201.60 is the wholesale cost). I'll be looking around for a salvage piece in the upcoming months (possibly years) because there ain't no way I'm paying $200+ for a cosmetic-only part that someone else broke. So if anyone is parting out an R230 and wants to sell the vent assembly, please let me know.