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Rear is LOW. Is this a Shock issue?

So the rear seems very low. I took it to a mechanic who said the rear shocks are fine. He said when they go bad you know it, the car gets terribly rough.

So I take it to another guy who tells me I need rear shocks. Its a 2003 E320
He put it on the lift and we looked together. the springs look almost new, so the prior owner must have changed them. He said even though the rear shocks aren't leaking, I still need to change them. Would that cause the rear end to be so low?
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Shock Absorbers - Bilstein OEM
$420.00 Replace rear Shock Absorbers plus $350.00 labor
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Those are not just shock absorbers, but also hydraulic lift that levels the rear.
For that kind of money I would seek 3rd opinion.
Check stickies as I think troubleshooting of hydraulic suspension is well covered.


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Re hydraulic lift: I thought the same, but the garage said that car doesn't have the hydraulics, just regular air shocks. Could this be true?
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I think the W210 wagons did not come with air suspension, only regular or hydraulic suspension. Someone may correct me if I am wrong.
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Yeah. I have air suspension on W211 wagon and don't think you'd like that.
Not that it is bad suspension when it works, but when you buy 10 years old car and face MANDATORY replacement of bags at $1200 a piece + labor and SD setting.
New air compressor at only $450 is a bargain.
I had W210 wagon, but never had to fix suspension. From what I read the common aging is hydro-accumulator or sphere, what is pretty cheap and easy to replace.
The main shock replacement would exceed car value as well.


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So assuming there's no hydraulics, and the springs are good; would replacing the shocks bring up the rear?
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Unless somebody converted the suspension to one from sedan, you do have hydraulics.
Follow the hoses over rear differential.
If you do have sedan suspension, you are toasted.


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You have hydraulic struts.

I hope you did the basic stuff and checked the hydraulic fluid res in the engine ebay?
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You have hydraulic struts.

I hope you did the basic stuff and checked the hydraulic fluid res in the engine ebay?
OK help me out please. when the car was on the lift, the springs looked almost new and were definitely coil springs. The shocks looked like regular shocks to me. Is it possible it was converted?
How can I tell?
If its hydraulic would there me a leveling switch on the shifter console?
If its hydraulic would the springs not be "coils"
I am just concerned that this guy is going to replace the shocks when its not the problem. Like I said, the springs looked almost new and coils, the shocks looked old
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We will never get anywhere unless you bring some pictures?
The leveling system is automatic and the only valve/sensor is at rear differential.


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