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2003 - 2005 suspension question

I am new to this fourm as well as Mercedes. I plan to buy a 2003 to 2005 SL500 (Am still looking if anyof you may have one for sale)and have read the horror stories per their air suspension failures.
My question to you folks is: Can the shocks be replaced with Non-Air system shocks. If so can anyone guide me to source as I have not yet found anything. I can fabricate some parts if necessary.

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well, it all depends. Most of the R230 SL vehicles have ABC and not Airmatic. ABC stand for Active Body Control. They do not use air. Instead, they use hydraulic fluid. They do have a steel spring inside the shocks, but the height and drivablility of the vehicle is controled by the hydraulic portion of the shock. It is quick to work and these vehicles do not have sway bars, since the amount of pressure is regulated and it stabilizes the vehicle using hydraulic pressure. So you don't have to worry about air leaks, only on your tires. Downside on this is that ABC parts are more expensive than Airmatic.


If I were you, look for a 2007 and newer SL. The earlier have a brake by wire system called SBC. It is an awesome braking system, but it does have a service life and the hydraulic unit is 1500 to 2000 dollars and you need special equipment to put this system into service. The later model R230 SL have a brake system called ABR and it is good and not as prone to have issues as SBC.
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