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  1. Long-term ownership: Maybach 57 or S600 TT (W220 or W221)?

    Maybach
    ^^ I hate you...I hate both of you...only because I wish I could have those cars as well..... :-) @Herman K , your color combination is reasonably close to my Dad's S430. Your interior leather is a little darker, but similar in spirit. We have similar tastes in color combinations, it...
  2. Saudi, Gulf stocks fall after attacks on Aramco oil plants

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    You are, of course, correct, but there's an irony here. Of course, as I suspect everyone here already knows, Iran did have a decent democratically-elected parliamentary government...until the UK and USA got it overthrown and Mosaddegh replaced by the Shah (Pahlavi). Reason for it? Mosaddegh...
  3. W220 LED Headlight recommendations wanted!

    W220 S-Class
    Check out the entire thread, and you'll see the S500's pics as well, with the modded DEPO's. You'll also see the S600's, the E320 CDI's, and even a Honda Civic's.
  4. Our Relationship with Israel

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    It's not just Trump giving Israel a "pass" for things we would sanction other countries for. Congress has been doing it for decades, as have all past Presidents ever since at least the Six-Day War. What concerns me is that, it seems, any criticism of Israeli actions, no matter how valid that...
  5. Saudi, Gulf stocks fall after attacks on Aramco oil plants

    Off-Topic
    That would be the "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the successor to Ayatollah (and equally Assahollah) Ruhollah Khomeini. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Leader_of_Iran Whatever President Rouhani says can be overruled by the Supreme Leader, so Rouhani unfortunately doesn't have...
  6. should I buy a 2002 c320 for less than 2k?

    W203 C-Class
    Forgive me--this does sound like someone trying to unload a car that has possibly a rather major problem. I'm not getting what could've gotten "too wet" by the oil pan being too full. If it was too full, then it should've been drained so that it's at the proper level, and the only things that...
  7. c230 transmission fluid change interval

    W203 C-Class
    That bit about the "sealed for life" is something that even M-B themselves backed off of, due to just how stupid it was and the fact that they were getting called out on it. The revised (from M-B) interval is every 60,000 km, or 39,000 miles. Do that, and the 722.6 transmissions in our cars...
  8. C320 Aftermarket HU install in Bose system

    W203 C-Class
    What you want to do is the same thing that we do in W211's and W220's that, like your car, also have D2B fiber-optic. What you've got to do is completely bypass the factory Bose amp. In my case, I went with an Erisin Android head unit, along with their "LMBENZ-6m" cable that goes from the...
  9. W220 LED Headlight recommendations wanted!

    W220 S-Class
    Also remember, that pic is before I replaced the projectors with the Morimoto E46-R's. The pics for the project 2000 S500, i. e. the modded Depos, would be a better comparison.
  10. W220 LED Headlight recommendations wanted!

    W220 S-Class
    Agreed, 50-55 watt ballasts aren't necessary, or even desirable, in my view. What I mean by "E46 bolt pattern" is this. Just like how various models of cars have their own bolt patterns for wheels (M-B, for example, has 5x112mm, so a Honda Civic's 17" wheels won't fit on a W220), projectors...
  11. My 2002 W220 S280 apprenticeship car

    W220 S-Class
    I wouldn't trust the cheapie Chinesium stuff. Learned that on the Hondas before tackling the MB's. Matter of fact, I'm right in the middle of a complete ftont suspension overhaul of our '94 Civic. The car is now 25 years old, and basically, the only things wrong with that front suspension are...
  12. 2003 S430 TOWED 200 Miles

    W220 S-Class
    Also note that the project 2000 S500 is a very early instance of US-market W220's. It's got only "Sport 1" for AIRmatic, the older starter motor (it has a noticeably different sound from our other W220's, more like the E320 CDI), and it had the older style, all-metal belt tensioner pulley...
  13. 2003 S430 TOWED 200 Miles

    W220 S-Class
    Note also that you can get to those transmission bellhousing bolts from the top-side as well. That's how I did it in the parking lot. Access wasn't that bad at all.
  14. Long-term ownership: Maybach 57 or S600 TT (W220 or W221)?

    Maybach
    It's a sweet set of wheels, no question. You've got a beautiful automobile.
  15. Just did coolant flush on E320 CDI - some observations

    W211 E-Class
    G05 will also last 15 years. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, Ford has also been using G05 for a very long time, and they said 100,000 miles in my truck, probably to be cautious. Remember that G05 and G48 are fully compatible with each other, therefore the chemical pack must also be compatible...
  16. My 2002 W220 S280 apprenticeship car

    W220 S-Class
    Well, that's true. That's what I've faced with all of my cars; I definitely have more into them than their market value. If it's a car that you want to keep and drive, then it's worth it to do so. In the case of the 2003 S430, which I initially had not intended to keep, it was still worth...
  17. 2003 S430 TOWED 200 Miles

    W220 S-Class
    @doni01, it depends on which type of shield you have. The 2000 S500 has one that's pretty easy to work around. The 2003 S430's is "fuller" and is more difficult. Both don't feel all that easy to bend. What I did on the '03 S430 was actually remove the shield temporarily. It's two of the...
  18. New coolant sensor is loose

    W220 S-Class
    If it's Amazon, it's probably what we call, "Chinesium" around here. Even the so-called "Behr OEM" part turns out to be made in China, unfortunately. Fortunately, those tanks aren't that expensive if you go to MBOemParts.com, and they do come with a new sensor pre-installed as well. I just...
  19. Shooting gallery

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    Of course .22's can. The remaining rounds that Walmart carries, such as .30-06 and 7mm Rem Mag, can kill people even faster and more reliably. That's why I'm wondering why they would discontinue .22.
  20. My 2002 W220 S280 apprenticeship car

    W220 S-Class
    Don't forget the tie rods, both inner and outer. They're going to be due for replacement as well. Your prices there are about the same as the prices I'm seeing here in the United States. Doing everything except for the AIRmatic springs was about US $1,300, which will probably be about EUR...
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