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Old 03-11-2012, 07:47 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Read up on the front subframe failure issue which especially comes into play if you buy a 380 or euro.
Great advice. The picture of the cracked subframe is from a 1981 280SL (euro) and if I remember correctly the one with the total failure is a 380SL.
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Since ALL cars today have the "euro" look lights, I much prefer the old round units. Same with the bumpers. The car is a bute, so the bigger bumpers fit it's personality...
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^^ So, another way of putting it, is you like the way the US Government redesigned it

I hate the looks of it , but it is suited to the use we are putting ours to ( grocery and kid-getter). Actually, the US DOT lights don't look so bad, but probably aren't as effective as the euros.
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^^ So, another way of putting it, is you like the way the US Government redesigned it

I hate the looks of it , but it is suited to the use we are putting ours to ( grocery and kid-getter). Actually, the US DOT lights don't look so bad, but probably aren't as effective as the euros.
I understand why they added the bigger bumpers (albeit very ugly), but what was the reasoning behind the US Gov't changing the lights?
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MB and or Bosch elected to forgo the required US-DOT approval of the equipment, assuming it could have met the standards in place at the time.
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MB and or Bosch elected to forgo the required US-DOT approval of the equipment, assuming it could have met the standards in place at the time.
Thanks! I'm sure I've read that at some point, but couldn't remember.
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