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I saw this posting on eBay and it got me thinking... I'm not sure if it was a mistake or whether the e500 wagon has different airmatic suspension than all the others. (I'm car shopping and want to stay away from unique stuff.)

Are all Airmatic Shocks the same?


Here's a link to the eBay posting (will likely be gone when people read this after year 2010... so I posted the listing's compatibility list below.)

Mercedes W211 E-Class Airmatic Strut Left & Right sides - eBay (item 360328665269 end time Jan-14-11 01:00:46 PST)

Year Make Model Trim Engine Notes
2009 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec Sedan 4-Door All
2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2009 Mercedes-Benz E550 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2008 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec Sedan 4-Door All
2008 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec Sedan 4-Door All
2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan 4-Door All
2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base Wagon 4-Door All
2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Base Wagon 4-Door All
2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan 4-Door All
2005 Mercedes-Benz E500 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Base Sedan 4-Door All
2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Base Wagon 4-Door All
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 Base Sedan 4-Door All
 

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Did you got to Arnott Industries site? They are the true experts in Airmatic rebuilds.
They shoe different part numbers for 4matic cars versus RWD cars.
I would not touch that ebay listing. $100 shipping charge!!!!

The Arnott parts have a lifetime warranty and 30 full money back satisfaction warranty.
For a total of around $50-75 more at the bottom line you have the peace of mind of the
Arnotts.
 

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So it's only $400 per shock to purchase from an apparently very reputable source. MERCEDES-BENZ Air Suspension Parts - E-Class 2002-2009 (w211 w/airmatic & w/4matic)

That might be significantly more expensive than a normal shock, but you get some added benefits:

Correct me if I'm wrong on these:

1) Airmatics quite possibly could have a longer life than normal shocks. Sure, normal shocks don't typically fail, but they should be replaced regularly.

2) Airmatics: if they work, they work. Right? So you use them until they fail, and continue to get the day-1 ride quality... Right?

3) A $305 compressor typically wont break the bank. Right?

I have not purchased a 211 with air-ride yet, but with this information, I've got to admit they don't scare me. I'm starting to think the scariest thing would be my wife driving the car for weeks without realizing one of the shocks is shot, so the compressor burns out. Are there any obvious warnings when a part goes?

(I guess I should RTFM.)
 

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Are there any obvious warnings when a part goes?

(I guess I should RTFM.)
The cluster would say something like "STOP, car too low". Of course difficult to say if that is enough for a typical wife if the car still moves. :rolleyes:

Some would notice a corner (or more) being very low.
 

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Of course difficult to say if that is enough for a typical wife if the car still moves. :rolleyes:
I see "Diesel Benz" is clearly not a woman/wife. (not that I'd expect a dude with the name "Diesel Benz" to be a female or anything).

OK. So there is some sensor that would alert the driver. That's good.
 

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So it's only $400 per shock to purchase from an apparently very reputable source. MERCEDES-BENZ Air Suspension Parts - E-Class 2002-2009 (w211 w/airmatic & w/4matic)

That might be significantly more expensive than a normal shock, but you get some added benefits:

Correct me if I'm wrong on these:

1) Airmatics quite possibly could have a longer life than normal shocks. Sure, normal shocks don't typically fail, but they should be replaced regularly.

Correct


2) Airmatics: if they work, they work. Right? So you use them until they fail, and continue to get the day-1 ride quality... Right?

Correct

A $305 compressor typically wont break the bank. Right?

One more thing to worry about but yes it if you can afford the car you can afford the compressor

I have not purchased a 211 with air-ride yet, but with this information, I've got to admit they don't scare me. I'm starting to think the scariest thing would be my wife driving the car for weeks without realizing one of the shocks is shot, so the compressor burns out. Are there any obvious warnings when a part goes?

Wife driving my merc= scariest thing about it owning the car(I guess I should RTFM.)
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