Mercedes-Benz Forum banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
2000 S500 145K Rough Ride?

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello fellow S500 owner's. My 2000 is a simply magnificient car. Yes it has its problems. In earlier days, men named there cars after women. Eleanor, Maybelline etc. Need I say more. We love em and Can't live without em. Well here's the problem I bought this car with 109K it was maintained by the dealer, whatever it needed it got. Well it gave me 2 years and now I'm giving back. Tuneup with wires $900.00, leaky shock $1400.00 with labor, air pump $500.00, Lower control arms $750.00. I have a very understanding mechanic, he really does try to save me money. I am sure this car will go to 250 K easily. But it needs new parts from time to time and they are ridiculous in price!! So heres my 2 part question. Are after market parts an option!! Which manufacturers are best. Secondly this car no longer takes the bumps well. Which parts are critical to a smooth ride. The airmatic system is fine with NO leaks. What's next Upper control arms? various bushings??? I brought it to the dealer he gave me a laundry list, which tells me he wants to replace everything and doesn't really know what the problem is?? I feel the problem is front and back, its just not smooth anymore it hits hard after a significant bump, even a rattle in the back like something in the trunk! Weird

Thanks too all

John
 

·
Registered
S430
Joined
·
64 Posts
It can be difficult to diagnose which control arm bushings have play, even on a lift. As the 20 rear control arm bushings (5 links per side) age, the slop gets magnified. The good news is that on ebay you can by rear link kits that replace them all for less than $500. You can even do it youself. I'd probably do them all and forget it rather than try the hit and miss routine.

One side note, I was convinced of a rear bushing issue and then found it was an alignment problem. My rear end would skip to the side over bumps and in the rain. After two alignments with "computer print-outs" showed it was in spec, I used the string method to find I had 5+ degrees rear toe! Turns out the NTB punks did not really even hook up the alignment machine but just aimed the rears at the fronts. That might work except I have staggered tires with a wider rear end. I re -adjusted to only minimal toe and all problems are gone. My rear tires stopped wearing like crazy as well.
 

·
Registered
2003 s430 4matic
Joined
·
174 Posts
each part has product number for you car. when ordering, you will need you your model specifics such as 4wd or rwd & and more to get the right part the fist time. be sure you have the right procedures :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
ZZ4X4 Were you talking about replacing all the arms with bushings on them in the rear for 500.00 in parts. That doesn't seem possible. Thanks for your feedback.
 

·
Registered
2000 Mercedes S500 2002 Yamaha R6 2005 Suzuki SV650S
Joined
·
224 Posts
It can be difficult to diagnose which control arm bushings have play, even on a lift. As the 20 rear control arm bushings (5 links per side) age, the slop gets magnified. The good news is that on ebay you can by rear link kits that replace them all for less than $500. You can even do it youself. I'd probably do them all and forget it rather than try the hit and miss routine.

One side note, I was convinced of a rear bushing issue and then found it was an alignment problem. My rear end would skip to the side over bumps and in the rain. After two alignments with "computer print-outs" showed it was in spec, I used the string method to find I had 5+ degrees rear toe! Turns out the NTB punks did not really even hook up the alignment machine but just aimed the rears at the fronts. That might work except I have staggered tires with a wider rear end. I re -adjusted to only minimal toe and all problems are gone. My rear tires stopped wearing like crazy as well.
I was wondering what is the string method and how did you did it ???
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top