a gimmick some years age in UK may still happen someone broke mine but
I have not yet fixed
Haynes Manual says
From the underside of the bonnet, pull the spring down using heavy duty
pliers, against considerable spring tension, and turn 90degs to the left
Make sure the spring clip enters the grooves of the rosette
pull the star upwards from the grill surround to remove
I actually heard of one guy who wired his hood ornament to an electrical
source. I can't swear if it's true or what the liability would be, but it
was a funny story. I think the fad has died down somewhat here in the US
Two of mine were fully removed, one was snapped off. Cop friend said
the little buggers twist and twist to wind the spring tighter,
eventually it causes the mount to twist under the hood and the whole
thing pops out. No need to open the hood. The temptation to hook mine
up to a generously sized capacitor was REALLY strong. I didn't, but it
would have been so satisfying...We foiled most of this kind of theft by
bending the ears of the mount after installing it.
What do these little mutants *do* with 'em once they've got them,
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's all the rage to pry off the
stylized "H" badges from the trunk lids of Hondas. I see a lot of
Hondas with a pair of holes where the badge used to be. I never see
anyone walking around with one on a chain around his neck, and aside
from using them for a primitive form of jewelry, I don't know what
else anyone would do with these.
"Take my archetypes...please!" -- Henny Jungman
YEARS ago in Alabama, these thieves (also pried the Buick emblem off
the hubcabs) and reportedly made belt buckles from them. I never did see
a belt buckle or anything else using these stolen vehicle parts. Perhaps it's a
rite for a "club"? Who can collect the most?
The days of the star mascot are numbered due to european pedestrian safety
Car bonnets are getting lower at the front too in Europe for the same
They will be fiting sprung matresses to the front of cars soon.
My feeling is that the next S class will be the last Mercedes with a star
The C class coupe doesn't even have one now and you can swap the star for
one of those badges as they are the same size.
I am considering doing this myself due to the aggrevation of people
interfering with it.
I am in the UK and the European regulations are getting tighter and tighter.
Bonnets are getting lower and lower in an attempt to reduce injury.
The driving force is not regualtion but the ability to get a good safety
In fact I am pretty sure the mascot would not be permitted on a one off
custom vehicle because it has edges with a radius of less than 2mm.
I could be wrong of course, but even though it is spring loaded its bount to
increase the risk of injury.
Also as designs advance there are less obvious places to put them.
They used to be on top of the radiator grille but now the grilles don;t have
a top the mascot is actually on the bonnet.
I ordered an SLK 350 this week and there would be no logical place on that
bonnet to put a mascot.
Yes, I suppsoe the could.
Maybe make a smaller one.
My two motoring memories as a child in the early 70's are:
1. Passing a big yellow Mercedes every sunday on the way to church. It had
enamelled hub caps and the big grille with the star on it.
2. Pressing my nose against the glass oft he local Rolls Royce/Bentley
dealer who had a showroom right in the middle of town like a shop front. To
this day I still fancy a Bentley. An 80's Brooklands would be nice.
Maybe one day.
I am waiting on the SLK coming. I ordered one with all the add ons apart
from the satnav. I like gadgets and I think I could have some fun with the
roof operation from the key, spooking people by making it go up and down
from my office window.
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