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The W126 and its handling ability

Is it true that the W126's that newer than 1985 are better handling?
Just curious---Just bought a 1985 500SEL---hasn't arrived yet--scheduled for 9-29-04 delivery from Houston to Maine.
Looking forward to its arrival.
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RE: The W126 and its handling ability

No.

What kind of 500 SEL? Euro or US spec?
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W126s with leveling rear suspension might handle better than W126s without leveling rear suspension and W126 coupes with shorter wheelbase and thicker sway bars may handle best of all. Before you get any bright ideas it takes a boatload of work to replace a W126 front swaybar. Everything attached to the engine bay bulkhead has to come off.

My SDL handles much better with 225/60-15 tires on the factory wheels (actually later 6.5" factory wheels, not the actual 7" factory wheels) than with the original size 205/65-15 tires. Probably would handle better still with 225/55-16 tires on aftermarket wheels.

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RE: The W126 and its handling ability

Hi sixto,

I hear you regarding: "Before you get any bright ideas it takes a boatload of work to replace a W126 front swaybar. Everything attached to the engine bay bulkhead has to come off."

I was told there was a problem with mine & quoted just under $4,000 to replace it!! I went into shock instantly! Ouch!

I later got a call from the shop to tell me that all was well in that department. I guess I dodged a bullet that day.

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RE: The W126 and its handling ability

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No.

What kind of 500 SEL? Euro or US spec?
Pardon the ignorance but I don't know the difference. I have only owned Mercedes for about a year. Straighten me out on this issue please.
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I think all the 500's were brought in a grey market cars. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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RE: The W126 and its handling ability

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My SDL handles much better with 225/60-15 tires on the factory wheels (actually later 6.5" factory wheels, not the actual 7" factory wheels) than with the original size 205/65-15 tires. Probably would handle better still with 225/55-16 tires on aftermarket wheels.

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I had a 1989 420SEL and I can tell you from my experience that the 225/55/16 tires made a great difference. I had much fun tossing that boat into corners.[:D]
The last set of tires I had on it were Continental Sport Contact II's. Great wet weather tires, pretty sticky on dry pavement too, and quiet.

As for the newer cars having different handling from the older ones, I have no idea.
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I think all the 500's were brought in a grey market cars. Correct me if I'm wrong.

No, the 84 and 85 500s were imported as US spec cars. On the forum, however, I’ve seen a lot of Euros. The Euro cars will have the smaller bumpers, composite headlamps, and the VIN will start: “WDB126…�
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