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|01-02-2019 08:05 AM|
Originally Posted by cowboyt View Post
|01-02-2019 07:59 AM|
, if you can find one with good bones, an S600 TT from 2003 to 2006 would be a very good choice, indeed. Mine is a 2003 and is absolutely wonderful to drive. Both my fiance' and I are seduced by it; she calls it, "sex on wheels". :-) It would do you very, very well to get a STAR Diagnostic System.
The S600's (and rarely, S65 AMG's) do come up occasionally. Just keep your eyes open. Actually, BenzWorld member @amstel78 is selling his 2006 S65 AMG (a real one, no balderdash), with relatively low miles on it. The car looks like it's in great condition, too. Here's his thread.
Worth talking with him about it as he's detailed what he's done with his car here on a few BenzWorld threads. Only reason I haven't seriously talked with him about purchase is because I have the S600 TT already.
|12-27-2018 10:26 AM|
|unavita||After exchanging a few emails and some information the guy went dark on me. Now the post is removed. My last email last night asked for his address. He replied what area of town he lived in. To good to be true I'm going with. Unless someone else jumped in on it and some how beat me to it.|
|12-26-2018 10:10 AM|
Originally Posted by unavita View Post
Looks clean, is it difficult to go and check it in person?
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|12-26-2018 06:18 AM|
^ I think I found the craigslist ad for the AMG 600 you mentioned - https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/a...773235810.html - yes, the ad does describe it as both an '03 and an '04. Given the way he wrote the ad, I wouldn't touch it.
However, as to describing it as an S600 AMG, see the Wikipedia writeup on the W220 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_S-Class; while I am more used to the S55 and S63 designations for the W220 AMG versions, it seems to open the possibility that there was an S600 AMG "collector's edition" designation. But given the changes made to the grille on that car, making sure it wasn't a re-badged S600 is smart.
You were wise to request the VIN, and wiser yet as to your response to his non-reply.
|12-25-2018 05:32 PM|
I have always thought of a 2004 S600 to be a possible option to get as a daily and replace my W140. When I found a person in Minneapolis area advertising a 2004 or 2003 (both were in the listing) AMG S600 I had to contact the guy to see what else was a misprint. After sending 2 emails requesting the VIN to verify anything about the car I realized answering with a 3rd would be my last waste of time on he subject.
It's fascinating to me how many people, in the age of information, still attempt to peddle in balderdash.
|07-14-2017 03:54 PM|
|SClassDreamz||AWESOME! This is great!|
|11-09-2016 06:54 AM|
A decent summation of the basic "what to look for" when shopping for a w220 is here ....
|09-09-2014 04:25 AM|
Hats off to Skylaw for putting it the way it should be!!!
Great write up.
|05-03-2014 10:38 AM|
If the car is on level ground, see that none of the sides are sagging - the car should appear level. If it is not on level ground, being low on the downhill side would be normal if it hasn't been started for a while.
When you first get in, even before you start it, you may hear the airmatic pump kick on while the car adjusts to your weight, and re-levels itself.
If the car hasn't been started for a long while (e.g., overnight), it is normal to see it come up a little. On level ground, the front might seem to raise then lower - that isn't what is actually happening. The front tends to raise first, then the back does. The car's leveling is what makes the front seem to go up, then down.
Those changes should be very small, and you would likely not even see them unless you look very closely.
Once in the car, use the dashboard buttons to raise it, then lower it back to normal. It should raise approximately 3/4 of an inch. You may hear the airmatic pump running while it raises (the pump is normally pretty quiet, and most of the time you will not hear it at all). The owner should be able to point out the two dashboard buttons that affect airmatic.
While driving, run the suspension through the stiffness adjustments (again, a dashboard button) - you should be able to feel them change.
When you exit the car, it is normal to hear a brief discharge of air - it is a pressure relief, adjusting for the change of weight.
You can easily see the front struts in the wheel well and check the external bellows for damage. The bellows serve mainly to keep dirt out (they do not provide the pressure for the system; that is done with an internal bladder).
Other than out and out troubleshooting, that's about it for the Airmatic.
You should not hear the airmatic pump running at stop lights, or after you have shut down. Its continuing to run could indicate a leak or a stuck solenoid that if not fixed promptly can ruin your pump.
There are some additional checks you can do in the buying advice (Quality, Comparisons, etc) in the W220 S-Class Encyclopedia sticky at W220 S-CLASS ENCYCLOPEDIA - START HERE
Don't let the Encyclopedia scare you. It deals with problems people have had in a car that has been on the road for nearly 14 years. No one has all of them - most have a few. But the solutions to them are there, as well as tips that can save you a LOT of money.
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