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MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement #5167537 07/21/19 05:56 PM
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Some of you may remember my threads about the 2012 MB C250 that I have been trying to help a friend sell.

The driver seat bottom had a tear in the MB Tex material, and the tear was in the seam. Some people found this to be a deal breaker so I decided to replace the cover. MSRP for the cover from MB is $332 and the cost from an online MB dealer is in the $230 range. A local upholstery shop quoted $450 to repair the existing cover. So, the decision was easy - replace the cover myself.

Surprisingly, this cover is not attached using hog rings. The perimeter of the cover has a “snap in” plastic channel. Each “fold” has 3 plastic clips on the cushion side which clip onto a metal rod that is built into the seat cover. I think the clips hold the material so tightly that overtime, the material will tear.

The bottom seat cushion assembly is attached to the seat frame using two T30 bolts. The seat doesn’t have to be removed from the car.

In total, the entire job took under an hour. This is a good thing since they supposedly tear very often. MB made it very easy to replace the bottom seat cover; I just wished it lasted a bit longer.

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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167577 07/21/19 06:43 PM
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You do excellent work sir smile

Thank You for posting this also


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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167646 07/21/19 08:27 PM
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I always thought MB TEX was supposed to be the bestest longest lasting seat you could get. I guess times have changed since the W123 days


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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167652 07/21/19 08:30 PM
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Nice job, right decision replacing it on an otherwise clean car.


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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167685 07/21/19 09:21 PM
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The same problem plagues the W212, the early 2010-2013 had the seat ripping later years seem to be better but maybe they haven't had enough time to rip yet. Just seems like a QC problem. Previous generations were fine. You can pick up a copy of the WIS which is the workshop information system on eBay for about $6.60 and it's the same manuals the shops use.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Latest-201...orkshop-Manual-Full-version/123679649919

Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167790 07/22/19 05:15 AM
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Nice work


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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: The Critic] #5167869 07/22/19 07:36 AM
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Looks like somebody "kneed" that original seat bottom.

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Re: MB C250 driver seat bottom cover replacement [Re: SLO_Town] #5168032 07/22/19 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SLO_Town
Looks like somebody "kneed" that original seat bottom.

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It's a design defect. They either used weaker stitching or didn't have enough material to hold it together.

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