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Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 1985 380SL
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1985 380SL Safety
I know it is an older one, however, I was while stopped on the Freeway for traffic contol a late model Nissan hit me doing well over 55. The impace knocked my stereo out of the tray, dislodged the little buttons on the needles in the gauges, and opened my glove box. I sat there thinking well, when I get out and look, I just know there won't be anything left from the rear to just behind the door. I wasn't even sure if my doors would open. I pulled on the door handle, the door opened smoothly, my car had slightly crumpled just above the rear wheel wells as well as popped opened the truck and bent in the rear bumper. All in all, not too bad damage. His car? Totaled. There was nothing left from his front bumper to the rear of the door jam. He had to climb out of the broken window, he had chemical burns from the explosion of the airbags.
My 380SL ended up in the Mercedes shop for 8 weeks (I'm extremely pickey and wouldn't accept the car until it was PERFECT again). Even putting the car on a lift, you can't tell it was ever damaged.
My husband was impressed, and so was I. Here is a little car 23 years old and it held up better than a new one.
Oh yes, I don't have airbags, since I have the signature edition with the custom steering wheel.