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Time to replace the suspension?

Hi All,
I’ve a 1990 190E 2.6 with a tad less than 65K original kilometers. I intend to keep this car “original showroom� (always dealer maintained) until something drastic happens which can’t be fixed.

I’ve become a bit concerned if I should be replacing suspension components. I think the car is riding a bit rougher than usual, and its possible that the rear end is riding a bit lower.

1) Looking dead-on, there’s about an inch between the top of the tire and the edge of the fender rim - I realize this is also dependent on the tread, tire type, etc. Normal Michelin all-seasons with about 30K on them

2) The “bounce-test�. Pushing down on the back - it comes back up, back down, and back up then quivers. It does this pretty firmly though.

Can any of you fine Mercedes owners suggest if this means I’m in need of new components, or have any ideas of what type of test to do. I’m not sure if I completely trust the dealer...

Many thanks

DB
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RE: Time to replace the suspension?

You may only need a new set of shocks.
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RE: Time to replace the suspension?

If you've not previously changed the shocks, then I'd agree with JDC: that's the first place to start. Shocks are pretty simple to change and are susceptible to failure simply through age, not necessarily mileage. At close to 16 years I'd say you've gotten good service from them. [:)]

This is also something you don't have to trust to the dealer; if you have basic mechanical skills and decent tools you can swap them out in a couple of hours. Autohausaz.com and autopartswarehouse.com both have good prices and free shipping at these price points. Autohausaz is showing the Sachs (OEM) for about $56 each (front) and $68 each (rear), which is a good bit less than the dealer will stick you. [B)] Even if you don't feel comfortable trying this yourself, buying them and then have a mechanic put them on and you'll still be money ahead.

I'm sure you will be very impressed at how different your car feels; usually you don't notice as shocks wear out, and then it handles like a new car again.

There are a few other things it could be, but in any event starting with a shock changeout is the way to go. Post back up afterwards...


Take care and enjoy the ride,
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