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1999 Mercedes E320 front end collision

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Nov 5, 2017, 8:01 PM

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Hello, I have in my possession a 1999 Mercedes Benz e320 base 3.2L that was front ended. I have taken off the driver side fender, front bumper cover, upper radiator support, and the headlight. There is a part of the frame that does not look strength critical that is torn and is terribly bent. It goes over the headlight makes a 90 degree bend and attaches to the frame rail next to the radiator.

This piece is held in place with spot welds and is where one headlight bolt attaches. I found a car in a salvage yard that has this frame component. does anyone know what this piece is called? Would a salvage yard care if I cut out this piece? I desperately need it to get this car on the road again.

I found a picture from Mercedes Source of what the area looks like

Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.

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Nov 5, 2017, 9:07 PM

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Re: 1999 Mercedes E320 front end collision Sign In

That would be the radiator support.


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Jan 20, 2018, 3:41 PM

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Re: 1999 Mercedes E320 front end collision Sign In

Did the insurance company total the car? If so, getting it back on the road will in most states require a salvage title which is a hindrance to selling it. Also, if the air bag light won't go off, in my state (Virginia) that prevents it from passing inspection.

I mention this because my 1989 260E had the most minor of front corner damage and GEICO totaled it. They paid a handsome price, since the car was pristine, then offered it back for $650. While a complete repair was $1100, those issues -- salvage title and air bag light -- made me turn it down. Bringing air bag sensors to full working condition can be an expensive headache in cars of those years.

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