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Old 02-01-2011, 03:34 AM
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How long does it take to removed the front bumper?
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Originally Posted by xXHotelCrazyXx View Post
How long does it take to removed the front bumper?

I answered that in the 3rd post or something.. But for the lazy
"Took about 3.5 hours.. but I have basic mechanical knowledge, and a lot of trial and error.
Putting it back took <20 min once we knew which bolts / locations we needed."


Just an update, grill still looks as good as new, and it's been a year.
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I just completed replacing the lower center mesh grille on my 08 C300. I was expecting a major project after reading this post, but you don't have to take front bumper off to repair at all. All the work was done underneath car by just removing plastic shields to gain access back side of bumper. Unsnap old grille and remove, then snap on new one. Simple repair only too about an hour 1/2 to complete

This is correct. I did this today and did it without removing the Bumper Cover. Used ramps, removed the belly pans, then if you look carefully at where the temp sensor wire is attached you will see that it is another "splash shield" this attaches into slider type slots on each side of the radiator upper and lower. This is designed to be easily removed. When removing this you must be careful about pulling it downward. There is an AC connector that must be removed and the is delicate rubber flaps on the sides that keep things dry up above. So watch for these things. Once this "splash piece" is out you have alot of room to work at the clips that attaches the mesh grill. Separating the plastic tabs and molded slots was the hardest part for me. These slots and plastic hooks are the biggest PITA. You have to be careful but forceful at the same time. Be sure to unclip the very bottom of the bumper cover clips all the way along the bottom. This loosens up the lower slots and allows them to be seprated much easier. Honestly, I felt like I was going to break something at any minute. But it seems the plastics have a bit of wiggle room after things are loosend up.

On another note, the plastic mesh screen feels very flimsy. But at the same time it is strong. You can bend it and push on it when fitting without it breaking. So it is strange that they break so easily out on the roads. I was pulling pretty hard on the old screen to dislodge it from the slots and it did not break anymore than it was. I was surprised. I thought it would be brittle and total crap.

Anyway, I hope this helps others who want to fix thiers as well.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:24 PM
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unfortunately my grill has broken too... does anyone know if this is the correct part for replacement?

http://www.parts.com/oemcatalog/inde...layCatalogid=0

anyone find a more durable option to the OEM part other than creating your own?
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unfortunately my grill has broken too... does anyone know if this is the correct part for replacement?

http://www.parts.com/oemcatalog/inde...layCatalogid=0

anyone find a more durable option to the OEM part other than creating your own?
looks like the right one to me!
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This is a perfect Tutorial ! Thanks alot. Also, I would recommend NOT doing it from underneath as you will NEVER be able to clip in the grill... It's just waaaaay more easier taking away the front bumper lol.. trust me
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:23 AM
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If you have access to a lift u can do it from underneath. it takes less than an hour total time to replace. No need to remove teh bumper
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Need link to lower bumper mesh

I can't find the lower mesh grill anywhere? Can somebody post a link? The one in this thread does not work for me. Thanks!
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Does anybody know if this grill will fit? I like it because it doesn't have the flimsy mesh that breaks, like mine did again. Not sure what its designed off of, C63 maybe?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221218537378?redirect=mobile

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Hi great post.
I have a 2009 pre facelift w204
Does anyone happen to know the part number for the lower grill?
Also does anyone know roughly how much one of these will cost from the dealer. ? Thanks
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question on the lower mesh

Originally Posted by m3bimmer95 View Post
I just completed replacing the lower center mesh grille on my 08 C300. I was expecting a major project after reading this post, but you don't have to take front bumper off to repair at all. All the work was done underneath car by just removing plastic shields to gain access back side of bumper. Unsnap old grille and remove, then snap on new one. Simple repair only too about an hour 1/2 to complete
Which plastic shields are you talking about? Seems much simpler than removing the bumper!
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:25 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks to evilution915 for doing this DIY removal.
I did the change today as stated with no problems.
Just wanted to pass on some tips

1. You will never be able to unclip the grille without taking the bumper off , I think it is very hard to do it without the bumper off don't waste time trying to do this any other way.

2. The screws mentioned in point 9 of the write up. (Pivot left and right bracket) can be easily accessed by removing both fog light grilles which can be easily done.

3. This DIY can be done without removing the front underbelly.
Only the bolts on the lateral side of the front underbelly need to be removed so the rubbers can be "bent" more in the wheel arches.
It saves taking It is important to utilise the access to the pivots from the fog light areas.
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Awesome DIY. I'll be doing mine shortly :-)
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I will be replacing my front lower grill this weekend. My wife took car out one night and came back with the fog lamp grille and the center lower grille broken. I need everything to be perfect so I bought the parts right away. The fog lamp can be easily changed out with a star key. It removes easily and like a few sites say remove parts like a wheel well panel or pieces of bumper are false. Just use star key and remove screws. Took me 5 minutes to change. Here is where you can get center lower grille piece and fog lamp grill. Go to www.partsgeek.com I had a C300 sport at the time 2008.


Lower center grille mesh is:28726-04113040.
Fog lamp mesh- Make sure you choose correct side-28726-04113060


Lower center mesh is $41.73 + ship
Fog lamp mesh is $19.73


I will be back with report on how easy it is to change center lower grille piece without removing the bumper!

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Old 02-10-2015, 12:44 AM
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Is it like that for a 06 c230?
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:09 PM
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Is it like that for a 06 c230?


Tiger I'm not sure of the part number for the C230 but their assembly is similar. Go to parts geek and call the 1-800 number. You talk to a real person that knows everything about parts.


I did not do the install myself. I bought the part and then sold the car to buy an E350. Good luck.

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by any chance is there someone who knows what dimensions i should buy the mesh in?
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Originally Posted by lingling101 View Post
I will be replacing my front lower grill this weekend. My wife took car out one night and came back with the fog lamp grille and the center lower grille broken. I need everything to be perfect so I bought the parts right away. The fog lamp can be easily changed out with a star key. It removes easily and like a few sites say remove parts like a wheel well panel or pieces of bumper are false. Just use star key and remove screws. Took me 5 minutes to change. Here is where you can get center lower grille piece and fog lamp grill. Go to www.partsgeek.com I had a C300 sport at the time 2008.


Lower center grille mesh is:28726-04113040.
Fog lamp mesh- Make sure you choose correct side-28726-04113060


Lower center mesh is $41.73 + ship
Fog lamp mesh is $19.73


I will be back with report on how easy it is to change center lower grille piece without removing the bumper!
So what's the consensus? Remove the bumper or work from underneath? Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:19 PM
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Remove the bumper. Easy. Just replaced my center grill this weekend...super easy when you take the bumper off. I Ried to do it from underneath but was not successful
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Old thread but thought I'd chime in. If you are doing a custom lower grill I can see where taking bumper off is easier so you can cut and measure more accurately.

If you're doing it with stock replacement i'd say just go underneath. I know I read a couple posts where they said it's impossible to do it this way, well an hour later and I'm finished and it looks great. Have no idea why so many think it's easier to remove whole bumper to be honest.

A small flathead screwdriver is your best friend, other than that just don't leave any clips fastened on the reinforcement plastic piece for bottom of bumper and it is rather simple.

Old thread is old but I'm sure there are plenty of us out there still replacing these lower mesh grills.

There is one belly pan to pull and then the radiator airflow and guard on bottom that literally just slides straight down. After that there is a ton of room to work on undoing the clips. I found it easiest to get each far side clip undone where the air dam piece is on the grill. From there they flowed relatively easy while using a flathead screwdriver on front side of bumper to push clips down.

If anything the key point to note doing it from underneath is undoing the 5 master clips first, 2 on top and 3 on bottom. Those are what really secure the mesh grill in place very firmly.
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