How to Modify a Mercedes 230E


The Mercedes-Benz W123-bodied line of motor vehicles is one of the most legendary in the history of the German automaker. These cars were actually manufactured by the engineers who designed them, ensuring a level of quality control few vehicles have ever attained. While the 300D Turbo Diesel is the most popular model built on this chassis, other models are also sought after. The 230 model was sold in North America from 1977 to 1978, while the more powerful European 230E model was manufactured from 1979 through 1985. Many of these European models were imported into the United States through gray-market channels.

  • Switch out the hubcaps to freshen the look of your 230E. The 230E, like many of the W123-bodied cars sold in Europe, was equipped with hubcaps that featured a painted center section that matched the cars paint. These wheels are inherently prone to scratches and are not the easiest to maintain. Switching the a set of Fuchs Bundt-style rims like the North American models can add a sporty feel to your 230E. The 14-inch Bundt rims are common and relatively affordable, while the 15-inch rims are more rare and thus more expensive, but they can offer improved handling and style.

  • Change your headlights from the rectangular headlights that came equipped on the European market 230E. North American models came equipped with a quad, round headlamp design that shares the same dimensions as the European models, but offers a style that many find to be more distinguished as it makes your Mercedes stand out from other automobiles.

  • Take out the OEM Becker radio with AM/FM receiver and cassette player and replace it with a more modern unit. You can add a CD player with an iPod jack to add functionality to your 230E. This change is not as daunting as it would be in later model Mercedes vehicles, as the standard unit is not integrated into the dashboard itself.

  • Add a dashboard cover onto your 230E's dash. These carpet covers can either cover up scratched that have occurred over time or can serve to protect your dash from being cracked in the future.

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