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Take a look at the rear subframe bushings and see if they are collapsed and probably have signs of the fluid leaking out. My wagon used to sit like that and after I replaced the rear subframe bushings (and one cracked rear spring) the rear is back up to normal. I was never sure why this changed the operating height, but it did.
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Airbags for Springs?

Can I simply put a pair of aftermarket airbags in the springs to raise the rear, rather then spending a fortune to get the hydraulics working?
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Can I simply put a pair of aftermarket airbags in the springs to raise the rear, rather then spending a fortune to get the hydraulics working?
I watch "Gas Monkey Garage" and they sure make air conversion looking easy.
It is easy when you have manufacturer kit, that is bolt-on replacement.
When you have to custom fit, even if you are skilled metal fabricator, that can easy turn into nightmare.
I am dealing with airbags in W211.
It is nice system, but way over-sophisticated.
Bags last 6- 10 years and full airmatic rebuild can be about $6,000.

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Can I simply put a pair of aftermarket airbags in the springs to raise the rear, rather then spending a fortune to get the hydraulics working?
Did you see my post, #29 ?

Did you think it had no merit and should be ignored?

Spend the money if you wish...you're wasting it...the problem is at the front not the back. I guarantee you, your back is not sagging. It's higher than mine...and mine isn't sagging.

Go out to your car now and measure the distance between the top of the arch and the centre of the wheel...then report back. And while you are out there, measure the front too.

If you ignore what is written you will lose money.

Without wishing to disrespect anyone...I am the only person who has replied to your post who actually has one of these cars.

Look at the front of my car...now look at the front of yours. Better still, post a pic like mine for comparison...and let's put this one to bed.

Or get a ruler and place it (on the pictures) along the chrome trim on the doors...now do you believe your front is too high?

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Did you see my post, #29

Without wishing to disrespect anyone...I am the only person who has replied to your post who actually has one of these cars.

Look at the front of my car...now look at the front of yours. Better still, post a pic like mine for comparison...and let's put this one to bed.

How are you the only one with a wagon that replied? What size rims do you have as this can give the illusion of a much fuller wheel opening. The USA cars have 16".

For comparisons sake I posted my car. As I said my rear end was sagging (not quite as much as OP) before I changed the rear subframe mounts and one broken spring. I did nothing else but an alignment. I did an alignment on an MB lift and ride height was on spec.
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I have seen many a wagon over the years and mine looks on par with all that have normally functioning suspensions.

EDIT: Had a flashback to when the alignment was done. He used an angle gauge that communicated with the alignment computer. I know he was messing with the rear suspension sensor so that could have had more of an impact on the ride height than anything else. But at any rate, my ride height was on spec after he was done and you can see from the photos what that should look like.

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I have 16" wheels just like you.

Sorry you do have a wagon...but unlike you though both I and the OP do not have 4 matics which you do. RWDs do not sit high like 4matics.

His rear is higher than mine (or at the very least the same height). His front is too high.

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Just a thought...op will you confirm whether your car is 2 wheel drive, or 4 wheel drive?
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Based on his post where he changed front and rear axles (half shafts), I always assumed it was 4matic.

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...l#post13368529
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Based on his post where he changed front and rear axles (half shafts), I always assumed it was 4matic.

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...l#post13368529
In that case I apologise. The rear is sagging...maybe needs the height valve adjusted on the rear axle.

Will the OP join in the discussion though?
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Yes I am still here :
I have an appointment at a Benz shop this Friday. He already looked at it on the lift, no leaks. He said one shock was leaking a little, but its not bouncing at all. Balloons are original. He said to pray its not the pump because thats costly. I will report back at the end of the week.
Unfortunately there is rust on the sub-frame which I already posted about in an unrelated thread. Also one of the valve covers is leaking, and it needs motor mounts. I am fearful this is going to run into many thousands.
When its on the lift I'll take some pictures and post them
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