E-class Cabrio - Chrome splitting on seat release levers

BigVern

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On my 2013 E350cdi Cabrio the chrome levers you pull to fold the seats forward (to allow people in/out of the back seats) are splitting leaving an unsightly, razor sharp edge.

Has anyone else experienced similar?
 

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I've replaced dozens of these, can do them in my sleep nearly! Very common fault. The satin finish seems unaffected by the problem. In the old days Mercedes would have made this part out of metal. Whoever invented chrome plated plastic wants shooting.
 
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I’ve only had the car since October. Do you think they’ll replace under warranty? Or am I kidding myself?
 

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Worth a try. If they try to tell you they've never seen it before they are liars!

To do the job properly you need to unclip and release the cloth that lines the headrest alcove. To do this is quite a big strip down. The dealers tend to put two little cuts in the cloth to slip their screwdriver through. Its hidden by the headrest, but just annoys me that they can't do the job properly.
 

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Power of this forum is awesome! I see the OP has a hybrid too...
 
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I am surprised they do not use the electronic switch and motor setup used in the SL to gain access, after all it is overkill to gain access to a small storage box on the SL but would be really useful in a 2 door 4 seater!
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