The wheels on my 1993 280E

I picked up a second hand 1993 280E (Japanese import, but who's counting?) earlier this year. The car has four beautiful low profile mag wheels, but the spare is a conventional wheel. The mags use shorter
than normal wheel bolt. I need the old style longer ones to use the spare -- five in a set. Are these parts generic or do I need to hunt down a specialist auto-breaker to find them?
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Billby wrote:

Should be quite generic. My W124 had a conventional spare too, and I was near a gas station with a tyre change service when I had a flat, and didn't bother to change it myself. Fortunately, the nice service guy noticed I needed longer bolts, rummaged in his bucket of bolts and gave them to me - free.
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Funny, I thought they'd be generic too, but I contacted a car breaker across town (I'm in Auckland, New Zealand) who said there are many different wheel bolts on this model and he could only find me the part if I could show him an existing one. Of course that would mean taking a wheel off the car -- which is a bit difficult.
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Billby wrote:

Should be quite generic. My W124 had a conventional spare too, and I was near a gas station with a tyre change service when I had a flat, and didn't bother to change it myself. Fortunately, the nice service guy noticed I needed longer bolts, rummaged in his bucket of bolts and gave them to me - free.
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Ah so! Japanese import all have spare wheel standing up so must have different bolts! And be sure to dust off the kudzu seeds.
mcbrue observingly under the bridge in the trailer down by the river
96 S420
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On 13 Oct 2005 17:04:41 -0700, "Billby"

You could just go down the dealer and buy/order a set. I'm constantly amazed at the parts that my dealer either a) has in stock, or b) can order and receive within a few days, and I'm driving a 1972 250C.
Owning an older Mercedes has really forced me to adjust my thinking. If I need a part for my '72 Dodge Charger, my best choice is usually eBay. (I learned this after having the parts guy at the local Dodge dealership laugh in my face a few times).
With the Benz, I have to constantly remind myself to ask the dealer *before* I go hunting all over hell-and-gone. The last time I was in there, the parts guy told me that another of his customers needed a gas tank for a 1960 190SL. He called Mercedes, and they actually had FOUR of them in stock in a warehouse somewhere.
I suspect five wheel bolts won't be a problem.
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