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How much weight is in your trunk for winter?
I'm looking for opinions on adding weight in the trunk for traction (esp for winter conditions), and the resulting difference in handling, vs inevitable loss of mpg, etc. Are W124 sedan drivers leaving ballast in their trunks year-round? (earth-shaking subwoofer/amps don't count...)
I've just put 2 sand-tubes of 60/70lbs ea, in each side of my 300E trunk, so there's approx 260lbs of additional weight back there. Too much?
No real snow or ice here to test it on yet, but traction in the wet is definitely more sure. Overall handling doesn't seem bad at all, you definitely feel that ballast back there but it's not a bad thing, at least as far as the feeling of stability.
And fwiw, it lowers the back end of the car by a noticeable amount, for a total cost of like $10.
(tip: slide them in big heavy-duty trash bags just in case you don't want your trunk wells to be permanent sand boxes)