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Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

Jlaa

Active member
Hi gang - I've been doing some reading on this board and would like to install a blank filler strip in my new-to-me pre facelift 500E ... but I am confused wrt which piece is the right one. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.

124-885-20-23 or 124-885-09-23
 

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s4cruiser

E500E Newbie
You'll need part 20 and 19 in the second pic above. #19 is a metal bar that screws to the bumper and part 20 is the filler cover which slides/snaps into place on part 19.
 

mistermiata

Member
Hi Jlaa,

I have a used filler strip for sale if your interested. It's gray, from a 94 E500, but I'm pretty sure the filler strips were the same for all bumper years.

Let me know if your interested.

Andy
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
For the 500E (pre-facelift) with black filler panel, the part number would be 124-885-20-23.

For the E500 (facelift) with filler panel painted bumper color, the part number would be 124-885-28-23-9999. This is primered and must be painted prior to installation.

:matrix:
 

Jlaa

Active member
Thanks gentleman. 124-885-20-23 it is for my prefacelift car. I presume I need 124-885-09-21, which is described as a rail, which #110 in the diagram, as well?

Many thanks.

Fwiw - the below diagram, shows that 124-885-09-23 works on 500Es as well as 124-885-20-23. I have no idea why.

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8899

Active member
So, when installing a filler panel (to delete the front license plate panel) is part number 124 885 09 21 also required?
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
124-885-09-21 is the metal rail which the plastic panel attaches to. If your car doesn't already have the rail (can't remember if it's needed for the USA plate frame), yes you'd need to buy one, along with the appropriate screws.

Note that most online dealers use non-EPC diagrams and part listings which cannot be trusted - for example, the drawings shown in your first post from Naperville.

Interestingly, the MB of South Atlanta diagram in post #5 is from the EPC... but I'd still recommend using a genuine EPC when looking up part numbers.

:wormhole:
 

Jlaa

Active member
Thanks gents. And Andy, thanks for the offer - I am looking for a non - colored one.

Gsxr - interesting that your comments about mb of atlanta being a real epc and it showing 09-23 @ usd99 and 20-23 @ usd69 as both working .... reagrdless mb naperville shows 20-23 @usd48 !


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8899

Active member
124-885-09-21 is the metal rail which the plastic panel attaches to. If your car doesn't already have the rail (can't remember if it's needed for the USA plate frame), yes you'd need to buy one, along with the appropriate screws.
No need for 124-885-09-21 since the license plate panel attaches to it as well. But, are the OE screws stainless steel?

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gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Thanks, Greg! I don't think the OE screws are stainless... but they should be.

:duck:
 

kiev

Active member
Could someone please clarify, is that the only part that's needed to cover place where license plate is? (1993 400E)

front licence plate cover.png
 

Jlaa

Active member
Yes, but If you don’t have the metal rail 9-21 when you take off your existing license plate bracket you will need it.
 

kiev

Active member
124-885-09-23 for with out license plate is now NLA, even though it still appears in all MB online sellers stores
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
124-885-09-23 for with out license plate is now NLA, even though it still appears in all MB online sellers stores
D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A1248850923?tt=manual

124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A12488528239999?tt=manual

:rugby:
 

Jlaa

Active member
D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A1248850923?tt=manual

124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A12488528239999?tt=manual

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Jeez man, all manner of miscellaneous parts have been going NLA at warp speed. I just bought -20-23 in Q4/2016 ---- when I bought the car!!! BTW, I have a pre-facelift car, and 124-885-20-23 came in black, ready to bolt on.

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kiev

Active member
D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A1248850923?tt=manual

124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-classic.com/parts/A12488528239999?tt=manual

:rugby:
definitely same part number 124-885-09-23 for pre and post face lift

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gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
definitely same part number 124-885-09-23 for pre and post face lift
Ugh - never trust the online catalogs! They are filled with errors. The EPC is the only source for accurate info. Screen shot attached.

The 2 numbers are physically interchangeable, the difference is cosmetic.

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J-Sauce

N2O Junkie
I’m going to have to dig up my boltless click-in panel I found at a junkyard once so I can share the part number with the forum. I had kept it a secret the last few years hoping to keep an eye on eBay for some NOS, but haven’t been so lucky.
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Sorry to ask, but where are you guys ordering from?
Naperville, Husker, and MB Portland seem to be the popular dealer sources at the moment. Naperville has a deal for free shipping with code 500EPROMO which often makes them the best deal overall. Their eCommerce system isn't always the best, i.e. you don't always get status updates if the part has to be sourced from Germany or something. Usually within a few days to a couple of weeks you'll get a ship notification with tracking number when the part is on the way. If you need something fast, call and talk to a live person.

Link:
https://www.mboemparts.com/oem-parts/mercedes-benz-bumper-joint-cover-12488528239999

Long thread on Naperville free shipping deal:
https://www.500eboard.co/forums/index.php?threads/fyi-parts-orders-from-mb-naperville-free-shipping-through-2019.8770/


For aftermarket parts check out Importec, FCPEuro, AutohausAZ, ECSTuning, and of course Amazon. Brands vary widely, after getting the part number from the EPC, you'll need to check all the various vendors to see what brands they offer. Many OE/dealer parts are *not* available from aftermarket vendors, for example the license plate filler panel... that stuff has to come from an MB dealership like Naperville / Husker / Portland.

Also use this thread to avoid brand names with questionable reputations (URO, APA, FEQ, ETC.):
https://www.500eboard.co/forums/index.php?threads/500e-e500-parts-manufacturer-quality-list.1882/

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VT Blue

E500E Newbie
Huge thanks, Dave...will follow up and see which looks best.

Haven't ventured into EPC yet but plan too soon.

Again, thank you.

Bob
 
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