Just a heads up to everyone here. Should you require rear brake pads for your 500E there are 2x EPC errors.
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The first error is listing PN A0054201720 as the rear brake pads.... with Qty listed as 001. This has even fooled my local MB dealer on 2 occasions when I asked them to order me rear brake pads & I turned up to find ‘stock’ smaller solid rotor w124 pads instead.
The middle part number of A0024200520 is CORRECT for the 500E. This was the original part number. This is a 61.8 x 69.7 x 15.4mm Pad. But this Pad is NLA from MB now which leads me to the second EPC error-
The last ‘Replaced by’ part number of A0034204820 is the latest part number substituted by Mercedes and is what you will get from a MB dealer (assuming they don’t hand you A0054201720 first) This A0034204820 pad’s dimensions are largely the same but will vary in thickness. Some pads are 16.9mm thick from certain suppliers for this part number. I got a set of A0034204820 and they do not actually fit into the rear calliper of the 500E with new rotors. And yes the pistons were 100% wound back in – still no go. AND – the sliding pin slots are also wrong for this later pad. They will NOT fit a 500E without filing out the slots by a few mm to allow the calliper pin to slide through.
So if anyone is ordering rear brake pads only order 0024200520 PN pads from your favourite aftermarket brand.
As a result of this EPC clusterf*$k I now have 3 extra sets of pads on the shelf that I can’t use. I also just ordered a set of A0024200520 Bosch pads on Ebay and very long story short they queried my selection based on Vin #. I advised I ordered the correct pads in a detailed message & to send them on. So they agreed to that.
But then the smaller stock w124 pads turned up anyway.....despite being different pads to what I ordered as per ebay listing and what they had agreed to send by messages prior to dispatch. And now they are using EPC to ‘prove’ I am wrong & my 500E has solid rear rotor pads. So now I will have to pay return shipping because of their insistence to change my order to follow an EPC / aftermarket parts catalogue error.....
I have currently ordered Zimmermann 21305.155.1 from another vendor which I do hope will finally slot in terms of both thickness & Pin locations but they are still a week out before I can confrim this. I will have lots more to offer on this subject including pictures in due course.
Has anyone else experienced such problems? Klink, Dave?