Removeing Door panel, 97 320e

I have started to gather rust around the exterior side molding on the driverside door. It is dead of winter here so this will be a spring project.
Can anyone tell me how-to (or point me somewhere ) remove the door panel and side molding?
Also, has anyone else suffered "early rust-ossis" on the driver side door panel for this model year?
This is the same car that I had the right front spring mount rust clean off of.
MTIA,
Ken
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Had rust problems on both the driver-side and passenger-side doors at the bottom edge at the junction with (rubber) moulding and at the trunk lock . These were repaired at a local shop. Also had the spring bracket rust problem repaired. Had to have the battery feed through the floor panel beneath the driver's feet, which joins the battery cable from the rear seat to the starter motor, replaced because it corroded away. Now I just noted paint blistering (corrosion) at the right rear door handle!!! But I have not noted corrosion at the side door moulding (yet)....do I have something to look for in the future? The car is a '96 E320 and I'm beginning to think that MB is one of the most over-rated cars around...at least this model.
<BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I have started to gather rust around the exterior side molding on the driverside door. It is dead of winter here so this will be a spring project.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can anyone tell me how-to (or point me somewhere )&nbsp;remove the door panel and&nbsp; side molding?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Also, has anyone else suffered "early rust-ossis" on the driver side door panel for this model year?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This is the same car that I&nbsp;had the&nbsp;right front spring mount rust clean off of.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MTIA, </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ken</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML> ------=
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Forgot to add that when I changed the brake pads, the inboard rear backing plates were so badly rusted, I had great difficulty getting them out. The pads themselves were almost original thickness since they were "frozen" tight and failed to contact the brake rotor for some time. Again, the car is a '96 E320.
<BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I have started to gather rust around the exterior side molding on the driverside door. It is dead of winter here so this will be a spring project.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can anyone tell me how-to (or point me somewhere )&nbsp;remove the door panel and&nbsp; side molding?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Also, has anyone else suffered "early rust-ossis" on the driver side door panel for this model year?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This is the same car that I&nbsp;had the&nbsp;right front spring mount rust clean off of.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MTIA, </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ken</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>
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What are you doing with these cars? storing them in saltwater?
<BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I have started to gather rust around the exterior side molding on the driverside door. It is dead of winter here so this will be a spring project.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can anyone tell me how-to (or point me somewhere )&nbsp;remove the door panel and&nbsp; side molding?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Also, has anyone else suffered "early rust-ossis" on the driver side door panel for this model year?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This is the same car that I&nbsp;had the&nbsp;right front spring mount rust clean off of.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MTIA, </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ken</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>
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Really. . . I feel the same way. The front spring mount had completely rusted away where it was welded to the frame. There was a bead of silicone running across the top of the weld, beneath it were the "shale-like" remnants of a Press part. The door is another thing all together. I noticed that when you close the front door on this model year, the door panel "flex's" momentary. (a polite way of saying; "the door steel is as cheesy as a pizza box").
Nothing like my 83. The doors on that close with the proverbial VAULT like sound. I assume this "flexing" may have cause stress fractures or perhaps a wear mark that exposed the sheet metal beneath.
Entirely premature IMO.
<BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I have started to gather rust around the exterior side molding on the driverside door. It is dead of winter here so this will be a spring project.</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can anyone tell me how-to (or point me somewhere )&nbsp;remove the door panel and&nbsp; side molding?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Also, has anyone else suffered "early rust-ossis" on the driver side door panel for this model year?</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This is the same car that I&nbsp;had the&nbsp;right front spring mount rust clean off of.&nbsp;</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MTIA, </FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ken</FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>
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Ken Bleau wrote:

Is this a trend?
I have tended to avoid the "version 1.0" releases myself From the W115 -> W 123 -> W124, IIRC, the earlier models had more serious rust and mechanical problems, while the later releases suffered more from failures of the "featuritis" and electricals rather than the base mechanicals.
Looks like the W210 series is going to be the same way too. The later release of the W210 didn't last long either, and the W211 took over. Let's see if the change was like that from W110->W115.
Regards, WS
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