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I just bought The S280, Dark Grey Beautiful! By the way I’m from the UK so a 2.8 litre engine is quite powerful around here plus the country is quite small so I don’t do 100 thousand mile stints like you guys in the U.S do, lol. The ride is the same in all of them anyway, the s280 is more expensive then say s320 and above because of the fuel prices. I’d like your option on this though?
I have a question, when I bought the car the front was lowered, the owner said it was a special order from the factory to improve stability, it looks cool, but is that true? Car drives well no problems.
Another thing when you first start the engine a little spanner comes up on the dash board with -22,000 where the mileage normally is, but it goes a away after 2 seconds, that means it needs a service right?
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Yeah, I think it means it's 22k miles overdue for a service. Not positive on that though.
 

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Hi Guys

I just bought The S280, Dark Grey Beautiful! By the way I’m from the UK so a 2.8 litre engine is quite powerful around here plus the country is quite small so I don’t do 100 thousand mile stints like you guys in the U.S do, lol. The ride is the same in all of them anyway, the s280 is more expensive then say s320 and above because of the fuel prices. I’d like your option on this though?
I have a question, when I bought the car the front was lowered, the owner said it was a special order from the factory to improve stability, it looks cool, but is that true? Car drives well no problems.
Another thing when you first start the engine a little spanner comes up on the dash board with -22,000 where the mileage normally is, but it goes a away after 2 seconds, that means it needs a service right?
Thanks guys!!..

Tommy66,

I have never heard of the factory lowering just the front suspension but that is not to say they did not do it. On the other hand it could be that the front springs have broken which is not uncommon. I have driven a S280 where one front spring had gone and noticed nothing initially.

Given the fact that the car is well overdue a service I would check it out. Parts are relatively inexpensive but labour is probably four hours worth. Find a good Merc indie.
 

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Thanks, guys, I'll take it for a service next month when I get paid, got a feeling its going to cost me a bomb.

I mean if the springs are gone does that mean they are just a bit old or do they need changing ASAP?

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Thanks, guys, I'll take it for a service next month when I get paid, got a feeling its going to cost me a bomb.

I mean if the springs are gone does that mean they are just a bit old or do they need changing ASAP?

Thanks..
I would get it checked out as soon as you can. 22,000 miles between services is a big gap. The recommended interval is 12 months or 9/10,000 miles although with the MBassyst programme the interval can be longer depending on how the car has been driven.

What mileage has the car done?
 

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Me again, thanks for the response.

Well the car has done 108 Miles, I forgot to mention that the car has been serviced in the sense that oil has been topped-up, brake-fluid added and those small things, As for larger issues like brake discs and springs then no, I think only an MB dealer can do though's or check them.

I called the local MB dealer for a service and thats just to check it and top-up what is necessary i.e fluids and oil, they said £500!!!!!!!!!!! oh and you get free wind-screen wipers, lol :). I dared not ask how much it would cost to replace or fix something, in having said that the car runs alright, so what do you think? cheers..
 

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DIY ONLY!!!! now that you have bought W140 you will soon realize that you have to do things like OIL,Filters,spark plugs etc yourself....unless you have money to burn do not let dealer do anything to it. (BTW they will find plenty of "broken" items that dont need replacing without even trying)

Also OIL top up ...and by dealer?!? NOT good, do a change with filter replacement its easy you just need to lift a front of car up a bit, (filter shouldnt be more than £10 and you will need 7-8L of oil)

Also places like Auto Parts at AutohausAZ - OEM Auto Parts - Discount Replacement Parts, Resources and Car Care Tips or ebay are good places to look for parts....
and if you need any advice just come to this forum there is lots of knowledge floating around here...
 

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Well the car has done 108 Miles, I forgot to mention that the car has been serviced in the sense that oil has been topped-up, brake-fluid added and those small things, As for larger issues like brake discs and springs then no, I think only an MB dealer can do though's or check them.

I called the local MB dealer for a service and thats just to check it and top-up what is necessary i.e fluids and oil, they said £500!!!!!!!!!!! oh and you get free wind-screen wipers, lol :). I dared not ask how much it would cost to replace or fix something, in having said that the car runs alright, so what do you think? cheers..
Tommy,

Clearly there are things that you can do yourself but I would recommend that for the first service you take the car to a specialist. Certainly not the local Mercedes Benz dealership. They are charging around £110.00 per hour for labour and then you have parts on top.

Find a good independent Mercedes specialist. They will be familiar with the W140 and will have the appropriate diagnostic equipment. My own indie charges £40.00 per hour and all three mechanics are timed served Mercedes trained. Parts can be ordered from MB and genuinely are not that expensive.

I have run three W140s including 65,000 miles in an S280 and provided you keep on top of maintenance and servicing you can run these cars on a reasonable budget.

Taking short-cuts and skimping is the quickest way I know to unhappy ownership.

Get the car right at the outset and it will be a pleasure.
 

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Thanks miloking and SSL

Since you guys are in the UK could you recommend me a Mercedes-mechanic in London that is affordable :) like the one you were talking about SSL?

Much appreciated..
 

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Since you guys are in the UK could you recommend me a Mercedes-mechanic in London that is affordable :) like the one you were talking about SSL?

Much appreciated..
Not from that part of the world but according to Members of the Mercedes Benz Club in the UK George Fraser might be worth a phone call

George Fraser
Unit 1b
Ealing Road,
Alperton,
Wembley,
HA0 4ZZ
0208 795 1055
 
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