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Old 02-03-2008, 11:36 AM
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Rear Window taillamp question

Hey everyone

I was just on the George Washington Bridge (NJ bound) yesterday
and drove by a silver C300 W204.

I noticed that her taillamp (on the rear window) was
located on the top of the window,
opposed to the bottom near the trunk on most W204 I've seen.

the car seems to be stock and the girl driving it (sorry if your reading this)
seems like a person who would buy the car as-is and not play around with it.

I wanted to know if any of your cars are like that? and if so was it a stardard
or did you request some kind of package or add-on option to that feature?
maybe a EU spec?

I drove by the car a couple times due to traffic
it was a silver sport version, no-pan roof, standard tyres.
basically if she didnt hit the brakes it seemed like an ordinary W204s

it was a small difference but it looked right in visual proportion.

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Hey everyone

I was just on the George Washington Bridge (NJ bound) yesterday
and drove by a silver C300 W204.

I noticed that her taillamp (on the rear window) was
located on the top of the window,
opposed to the bottom near the trunk on most W204 I've seen.

the car seems to be stock and the girl driving it (sorry if your reading this)
seems like a person who would buy the car as-is and not play around with it.

I wanted to know if any of your cars are like that? and if so was it a stardard
or did you request some kind of package or add-on option to that feature?
maybe a EU spec?

I drove by the car a couple times due to traffic
it was a silver sport version, no-pan roof, standard tyres.
basically if she didnt hit the brakes it seemed like an ordinary W204s

it was a small difference but it looked right in visual proportion.
I'm not sure if this helps but all the W204's I've seen here, the CHMSL is located at the lower portion of the glass and is quite bright if you are directly behind one. I would think she had it moved there or something. Looks like the part is molded into the rear package tray and designed specifically for that area so it's not like it can just be moved. Are you sure you didn't mistake it for an Audi or E90 BMW I think they have one in the upper portion of the window, even a SAAB 9-three.

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I'm not sure if this helps but all the W204's I've seen here, the CHMSL is located at the lower portion of the glass and is quite bright if you are directly behind one. I would think she had it moved there or something. Looks like the part is molded into the rear package tray and designed specifically for that area so it's not like it can just be moved. Are you sure you didn't mistake it for an Audi or E90 BMW I think they have one in the upper portion of the window, even a SAAB 9-three.

-Ryan
thanks for your output Ryan

as an owner of a W204 I am pretty sure it was infact the same car.
thats one of the reason why I posted.
Just like you've mentioned the taillamp is located or should I say cosmetically intact on the bottom. thats why I found that to be odd

infact I was behind and by her side just to double check weather it was the W204. I was thinking it may have been the Luxury edition however theres one parked in my lot and it too has the taillamp located on the bottom of the window.

could it be an import through non-commercial shipping? (not through Merc commercial)

any EU or Asia W204 owner who have this?
or could it be a 2009 model? should have taken a photo....
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Heres a thought to check out. Could have been a p2 with the rear sunshade and they have to move the third break light to the top to accomodate that. Although I doubt thats the reason as I have a p1 without the sunshade yet there is a "punch out" in the back window for where it should go and it doesnt look to interfere with the brake lights (they are l.e.d.'s and don't take up much space to begin with)
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Heres a thought to check out. Could have been a p2 with the rear sunshade and they have to move the third break light to the top to accomodate that. Although I doubt thats the reason as I have a p1 without the sunshade yet there is a "punch out" in the back window for where it should go and it doesnt look to interfere with the brake lights (they are l.e.d.'s and don't take up much space to begin with)
WOW well put!! thanks for the informative reply! it may be a good explanation.
both my car and the neighbors luxury version do not have the blinds "button not on center console"
like I said in the 1st post her car looks dead stock without any mods.

Is there anyone who can provide additional info for this? anyone who has rear window blinds as one of the options?

thanks!

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This one has shades and brake lights on the bottom.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-...em190195022935
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I also have sunshade and light at bottom. Sorry dude, would love to know why the diff for sure though
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thanks for your output Ryan

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Yeah was just a guess. I didn't think that would be the answer because there is clearly a punch out in the back window and it doesnt appear to interfere with that spot, but it was the best I could think of lol.
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I wonder if it could of been a pre-production car?
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<<Heres a thought to check out. Could have been a p2 with the rear sunshade and they have to move the third break light to the top to accomodate that. Although I doubt thats the reason as I have a p1 without the sunshade yet there is a "punch out" in the back window for where it should go and it doesnt look to interfere with the brake lights (they are l.e.d.'s and don't take up much space to begin with)>>

The cars are the same worldwide. Nothing to do with the sunshade.
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<<Heres a thought to check out. Could have been a p2 with the rear sunshade and they have to move the third break light to the top to accomodate that. Although I doubt thats the reason as I have a p1 without the sunshade yet there is a "punch out" in the back window for where it should go and it doesnt look to interfere with the brake lights (they are l.e.d.'s and don't take up much space to begin with)>>

The cars are the same worldwide. Nothing to do with the sunshade.
Yeah it was just a thought, didn't think that would be the answer. I also thought maybe he saw an S class as they look almost the same from the rear end, but they too have the brake light on the bottom not on the top. Its a mystery that shall stay a mystery till Scooby and the gang figure it out.
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hopefully next time I'll have a camera ready.
its like telling everyone I saw a UFO

but just to get things feather'd up a bit more, I saw the Jaguar XF (MSRP not so far form my spec W204) rolling by as well on the enterance of same bridge.

I've already have a schedule set to check the new C63
I'll ask my dealer rep then. see if I can do that as well.
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I thought of this thread today when I came up behind an Acura RL. The pic here is a 2008 model. Okay, it's not a C. The tails are solid. But from behind, and up (in the Jeep, not my C) it resembles the C a whole lot.

I saw the "star" (I thought) and the big red lights, and the brake light up by the roof and wondered "what model Benz is this?" I got closer and realized it was an RL. Weird.

But it could explain the question.
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Originally Posted by syrAMG View Post
WOW well put!! thanks for the informative reply! it may be a good explanation.
both my car and the neighbors luxury version do not have the blinds "button not on center console"
like I said in the 1st post her car looks dead stock without any mods.

Is there anyone who can provide additional info for this? anyone who has rear window blinds as one of the options?

thanks!
My P2 car has the CHMSL at the bottom of the window just like every other W204 sedan ever built, '08 or '09.

This thread is as goofy as "what color are the rear turn LEDS".
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I think it was a ESTATE, The Estate has the 3th brake light at the top....
Dont know if the ESTATE excist in the US ??

Every SEDAN has the light on the same place, also here in Europe...


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I think it was a ESTATE, The Estate has the 3th brake light at the top....
Dont know if the ESTATE excist in the US ??

Every SEDAN has the light on the same place, also here in Europe...

The Estate/Wagon is not available in North America
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The Estate/Wagon is not available in North America
May B import ??
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May B import ??
Totally completely impossible.

Any European dealer who exports a car to the US will lose his franchise. Mercedes protects their US dealers this way.

Further, nothing will make it through Customs that has not been certified for US sale. And if you think you can, keep in mind that Bill Gates and Paul Allen each bought Porsche 959s in Germany in '87 and flew them here. US Customs found out about it and seized them both. They were locked up in a Customs warehouse in San Francisco for more than twenty years.
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They were locked up in a Customs warehouse in San Francisco for more than twenty years.

Nice low-mileage examples.
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