Mercedes star hood emblem
Original Mercedes hood star emblem costs EUR 40. W221 star which fits W220 and costs the same, provides more elegant look as it has full chrome basis.
Comparison of the original and counterfeit emblem
On eBay there are several Chinese merchants who sell counterfeit star emblems for as low as 15 USD. Comparison of the original and counterfeit star emblem below. The chrome parts of the counterfeit emblem are of a very good quality - slight quality differences in the chrome can be seen only with very close inspection. The basis of the original emblem has a blue plastic pad, which is missing on the counterfeit emblem.
The U-bolt of the counterfeit emblem turned out to be of poor quality as it broke off when trying to install the counterfeit emblem.
Fortunately, the parts from the counterfeit emblem can be installed on the basis of the original broken emblem.
Remove/install Mercedes star
Shown on model 202:
- Open engine hood
- Turn spring bracket (2) 90° to left with assembly tool (202 589 11 63 00 or standard pliers).
- Remove Mercedes star (1) upward from engine hood. Carefully remove Mercedes star (1). Danger of damaging paint.
- Insert Mercedes star (1) from above into engine hood. Carefully install Mercedes star (1). Danger of damaging paint.
- Turn spring bracket (2) 90° to right with mounting tool. Note correct installation positions.
- Close engine hood