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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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ride quality 280SEL vs. 300SEL

So it seems I've infected both my friend and my father with the w108/109 bug with my recent 280SEL acquisition. Both are however asking me about the ride quality difference between the air suspension 300 and my 280. Not only don’t I know what a 300 is like I don’t really know what the 280 is capable of till my new Bilsteins arrive (thanks for the advice, forum). Has anyone been in both cars so as to be able to objectively comment? Thanks,
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The 300SEL air suspension models ride much better than the spring models. They are also more expensive to maintain. The hydrophenumatic suspension on the W116 6.9 is also superb.

Your 280SEL will ride much better when you get new shocks. Next, start replacing all the rubber bushings in the suspension and it will ride even better.

Unless you have deep pockets or win the lottery, stay away from the air suspension models.

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I agree (cost of maintaining air suspension). The 109's run through my family too, and I was awed at how smooth they are. However, trying to find an air leak is difficult. My dad finally replaced his with the front and rear end of a 280 (springs). Essentially, he turned his 300SEL into a 280SEL
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