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W140 Sedan vs W140 coupe

What do owners feel are the key driving differences, for example in terms of ride, quietness, handling and long distance swallowing ability between the coupe and the sedan...

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I think the drive ride would be the same or almost the same but one think is for sure, on the coupe there is one verry important gadjet missing ,how can you drive without it beats me ,guess what that is .... .
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Having both and enjoying both, I can tell you:

The sedan is a car for business clients or grown family members. It's a serious car in the sense that you drive it with a purpose. Designed for a very comfortable ride.

The coupe on the other hand, is a much more 'personal' car, one that you would take out on spur-of-the-moment jaunts, joy rides, personal adventures with your wife, fun, weekend car, etc. You get the picture.

On the physical side: the coupe has no real back seat. No room for four. Go figure. I believe it is 8 or 9 inches shorter in wheelbase and overall length than the sedan, yet practically the same weight. Not sure how that happens, but that's what it is.

Driving impressions: The sedan is a more foregiving ride, more of a floating drive, while the coupe is a tighter drive, a more sporty one. I believe that can be atriibuted to the shorter wheel base in the coupe.

My personal driving: I take out the sedan every work day, my coupe is pretty much a weekend car. So for me, it's five days with the sedan, 2 with the coupe. Basically.

But in the winter, with snow on the ground or in the forecast, both cars get put away for the duration. W140's, as good as they are, especially the V12's, are NOT winter drivers. And their ground clearance isn't really designed for snow conditions anyway: traveling over lumpy ice chunks or avoiding snow 'curbs' is not a good thing for the w140. Better to leave that to a 4x4 anyway.
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Many thanks, this is very helpful Stryker...! in terms of isolation from stimuli, noise would you say the coupe is (when not pressing on) as isolatory as the sedan?

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I'm jealous of Stryker, owning both. I've driven a sedan, and loved it, but I really don't think the sedan is any quieter, or, I like the term you used, isolatory, than my coupe. This easily the quietest car I've ever driven
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that is encouraging to hear 95Scoupe, as isolatory IS what I'm looking for - thanks!

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Actually, I find my coupe to be EVEN QUEITER than the sedan. It might be the fact my coupe is a 1995 and the sedan is a 1999 (some say the earlier models were built better), it might be the fact that two doors would be less noisy than 4, it might be that MB packed so much 'stuff' into the coupe!
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Hi Richard
I think the drive ride would be the same or almost the same but one think is for sure, on the coupe there is one verry important gadjet missing ,how can you drive without it beats me ,guess what that is .... .
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Actually, I find my coupe to be EVEN QUEITER than the sedan. It might be the fact my coupe is a 1995 and the sedan is a 1999 (some say the earlier models were built better), it might be the fact that two doors would be less noisy than 4, it might be that MB packed so much 'stuff' into the coupe!
WOW - perfect!!! always wanted the coupe!! thanks, anything else you can share - this is just great!

BTW - it looks like, later this summer, if I go the coupe route, it appears that there is a choice between a 1995 and a 1999... so I can try them out to see if the earlier model year is the cause of greater quietness, or if it is just that the coupe is quieter than the sedan. I wonder whether any other forum members own both and have experienced the same thing that that you have... Thanks...

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Other factors to quietness is whether or not the car has been in an accident, whether the door panels have been off and never returned properly, whether all the motor shrouds are intact, the exhaust system compete, etc., so make sure you get specific history and your PPI includes these factors.

Observation from TODAY: My lawn was being mowed and the trimmer was going. The noise is substantial. I got into the coupe and, before starting it up, noticed how the cacophony outside was almost imperceptable in the car, so there is some SERIOUS sound dampening in these cars for sure!
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