Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: '05 330i ZHP
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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RE: Difference between models S, SE, SEL
Ok, to set the issue straight, up until the mid 90's,('94? not sure) they had the cars named by displacement, body type, injection, if they had it,and LWB, if they had it.
600SEL= 6 liters, S class(super) Einspritzung(inj.) lang(LWB). Then, they changed it, to S600, S class, displacement, and CDI on the end if it was diesel(or TD). Now there is no clear way to know the wheelbase length, except by looking at the car.(which is hard by the newer S class, W220) The 600SEC besame the S600(coupe), and was renamed CL in '97, I believe. When they changed the name, they facelifted the S class, and the E class, W124. This is also when they introduced the C class, W202. With knowing which engine is which, you just need to know the displacement by reding it off the car, and if the labels are removed its hard to tell. Sometimes there are little clues, like an S600 grille, but there are probably so many cars driving around with those that are NOT in fact S600's that its hard to be sure. The distinction between the TT V12 W220 and the non TT is the facelift. Clear healights, and 4 little white stripes in the taillights are the facelift.(the older one has 2 larger stripes in the taillights.) Same goes for the CL C215. Hope this answers most of your various questions.