Since I get asked this so often, I will be explaining the process for converting your pre-facelift 2008 - 2011 Mercedes C300/C350 W204 to the facelifted 2012 - 2014 C250/C300 model. In this first article, I will just focus on all the parts you need for the front-end conversion.
For the most part, I am not going to list part numbers or pricing because it varies and really depends on where you're buying it. There are OE replacement parts that will work and will save you money, so you don't always have to buy OEM parts, which is much more expensive. When I did my conversion, I bought all genuine MB parts because OE replacement parts weren't really available and nobody had ever done this conversion in the US before, so I had to figure a lot of this out by myself and didn't want to chance getting things that didn't work. Now, there are plenty of viable options that can save you money, so this conversion is very affordable.
Also, if you want to take the easiest route, there are folks selling the 2012 - 2014 C63 Style bumpers that comes with everything you need. I personally do not like the way those bumpers look, so I didn't go down that route. If you want the sport bumper look, here's what you will need to do the conversion:
Parts you'll need1) 2012 - 2014 Front Bumper
Important Note: Make sure you get the Sport Bumper. There's also a Luxury style bumper that is different with totally different components. So when buying parts, just double check and make sure everything you're buying is for the sport front bumper. I made this mistake and it created quite a bit of confusion and hassle sending things back. The bumper should look like this:
2) Bumper Lower Grill
3) Daytime Running Light (DRL) LED - Left and Right Side (L/R). Try to buy this as one package with the backing mounts, grills and chrome decorative moldings. I made the mistake of buying all these parts separately from Mercedes and it wasn't cheap. Also, make sure you're buying it for the 2012 models, not the 2011 models. In 2011, the bumpers stayed the same but went away from fog lights to DRLs before the facelifted models were released. I actually don't know if they are the same in shape, but I would say to make sure you're buying for the 2012 bumper, it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Front Grill
- Hood Components
- Hood Emblem
- Hood shocks & Bracket
- Hood lining & tabs & bumpers
- Reinforcement Bar