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W140 S 320 L & R129 500SL
The Mercedes Benz S class W140 series was unveiled at the March 1991 International Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Mercedes Benz engineers have combined safety and high performance in their cars and the W140 is no exception. The W140 is the first sedan to be fitted with a V12 engine.
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The Mercedes Benz W140 S class consists of different models. They have the same body but different engine type:The new S-class (W 140) sales dropped dramatically in Germany in its early years of production due to its environmental unfriendliness. The cars were criticized as being unnecessarily bulk and heavy.
Despite its slab-sided look, the W 140 was mechanically sophisticated and a true engineers' masterpiece. The car was solid and impeccably built, and it was the last "over-engineered Mercedes" which no newer Mercedes including its replacement W 220 S-class could rival it (not even close) for build quality. “
“All models of W 140 received new model naming. For example, a 600SEL was relabelled as S600L, a 600SE was renamed as S600 and a 600SEC was thereafter coded as S600C. It marked the end of era of SE, SEL, and SEC model naming and best avoided the confusion of mixing future models with their predecessors. After then a W 140 500SE will be known as S500, which would not mix up with the W 126 500 SE.”
The Mercedes Benz 600SEL and S600:
This model uses the V12 engine M120
The Mercedes Benz S500 and 500SEL and S420:
This model uses the V8 M119 engine type:
The Mercedes Benz S320 and 300SEL:
This model uses the straight 6 M104 engine type:
The Mercedes Benz S280 also uses the same engine but has only 2.8 litres. Slightly underpowered compared to the S320 models.
The S350 Turbo diesel and 300SD uses the straight 6 engine but a different engine type that is the OM603 engine type. If anybody got info on this please sent me a PM!
The Mercedes Benz W140 series is a luxury sedan. It weighs 2 tons. It was produced from 1991-2000. The production number of W140 is 406,532.
The Mercedes Benz C140 coupe:
The coupe shares the same technology as the W140 sedan. The 2 doors coupe only comes with V8 and V12 engines. It was introduced in 1992 in Detroit motor show.
For those who’s interested in Mercedes Benz W140 Brochures. Make a visit to this Germen website:
Mercedes Benz S class on Top Gear:
I found the video that Jeremy Clarkson ruins the interior of a S280.
IMO it’s very silly of him destroying a fine masterpiece.
I like the way he said the interior of the new S class is pretty much the same to the W140. I wonder what will happen to the car? Salvage for parts perhaps?
This is an old review of the Mercedes Benz S class 600SEL in 1991 by Jeremy Clarkson.
This is the latest S class W221 review with the W140 alongside it. The W140 interior is destroyed
1st Part:2006 W221 S class
2nd Part: Rebulid the W140 interior
3rd part:Rebulid the W140 interior
Mercedes Benz W140 in computer games:
If you have the PC version of midtown madness 2 game. Be sure to download this MB W140 car for the game.
Link to download this car:
About Midtown madness 2 game:
Also if you have Need for speed hot pursuit 2:
Here’s the link for download the W140 car:
GTA vice city:
All the links above only apply to PC games.
Mercedes Benz W140 Owner's Manual
If anyone is interested in downloading a W140 owner’s manual or bought a W140 without the owner’s manual so here you go:
Thanks to Bayhas for his contribution.
Mercedes Benz W140 S class DIY links:.
Thanks to PCMaher for his contribution. I use/edit PChansen1's post. I hope you don’t mind.
Since maintaining the Mercedes Benz W140 is very expensive, some things in the W140 can be done DIY.
So please visit this website and give PCmaher credit for all his hard work.
BRET SAN DIEGO
Thanks to Bret San Diego for his contribution to Benzworld.He has done many DIY for you guys so many of you can save money on labour costs. If you
have the following problem, visit the link below:
Close assist pump on a MB W140:
Instrument cluster removal for light bulb change :
Ownership of having a S600V12:*Read before getting one*
Visit this website by syljua
http://www.pvv.org/~syljua/merc/W140/S320 DIY Blog/S320 DIY Blog.html
He's done many DIY for you guys.Thanks Syljua.
Merc600sec, Brett San Diego and PChansen1:
Visit the knowledge base thread. Most of the DIY and information are done by merc600sec, Brett San Diego and PChansen1. Thanks to them for contributing to Benzworld.
Mercedes Benz W140 crash test:
Mercedes Benz S class W140 Blue Print:
January 2004 issue:
Thanks to Peter Gunther for the scan.
S600 W140 Pullman
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Limousine W140 (1998)In 1991, Mercedes replaced the W126 S-Class with the W140. The very first W140 rolled off the assembly line on August 6, 1991. It also received derision for its high price, and for its styling, size, reliability, and weight.
Production totalled 406,532 units, the reduced total reflecting the inroads made by Lexus into the key US export market.
Design and engineering
As with its predecessor the W140 was the first of the "next generation" of Mercedes-Benz models to feature the company's new design theme. The car was more aggressive, smoother and angular in appearance than its predecessor, but the design also featured slab contourless sides also seen on the first generation Toyota Avalon.
The new styling did not receive much praise from the motoring press, claiming that the only real success of the design was to disguise the size of the car, which was much larger than its predecessor.
As with each new S-Class the W140 was brought in innovations such as double-pane window glazing, which substantially reduced outside noise from intruding into the cabin while, self-closing doors and boot lid, electric windows which bounced back down when encountering an obstruction, rear-parking markers which appeared on the rear wings and a heating system which blew warm even after the engine was turned off. All these features did add to the car's substantial heft though.
For details like this, the W140 is often known as the last Mercedes to be "overengineered", a Mercedes trait that was costing the company in product delays and overbudgeting. For the consumer, the W140 cost a considerable 25% more than its predecessor, the W126. In addition, the intense pressure from Infiniti and Lexus led to adding more features and options as to set the W140 apart from the rest and to justify the higher price.
The W140 was to feature air-suspension as an option but Mercedes was still perfecting the technology and chose to lauch air-suspension in the next generation S-Class, due out in 2000.
This W140 was the first Mercedes-Benz in the USA to incorporate the headlamps with 'bow-tie' ECE lens albeit a minor change to the bulb shield and inclusion of hieroglyphs for SAE/DOT and bulb type on the lens. In addition, the headlamps on W140 had been redesigned three times during its model cycle. The first was a 'bow-tie' ECE headlamps with dipped and main beam H4 (HB2 in USA) bulb. The headlamp design changed in 1997 to include the separate reflectors for HID and halogen bulbs. Bi-Xenon HID systems weren't introduced until much later in C215 CL-Class. The third headlamp design was similar to the first one but with tighter lens flutes and narrower 'bow-tie' pattern. The latter one is for models without HID system. It was said to prevent the aftermarket companies from offering the ill-designed and poor-constructed HID bulb retrofit kit.
Along with W140 coupé, W140 was fitted with electronic stability programme following the mid-year facelift in 1997.
Like its predecessor, the car was available in two wheelbase lengths along with shorter-wheelbased W140 coupé.
A new 6-litre 408-horsepower V12 engine joined the lineup for the first time with the 600SE, 600SEL, and 600SEC. The V12 designation was affixed to the C-pillar. In 1997, the grille had more horizontal lines as to distinquish itself from straight six and V8 motors.
In 1994, the 408-horsepower V12 motor was slightly detuned to 389 horsepowers, following the tighter emission control regulations in US and Europe.
Following the new Mercedes-Benz tradition of mid-life facelift (starting with W126 in 1986), the W140 was mildly facelifted in 1997. The clear turn signal indicator lenses on the front and rear were the most obvious changes. The new headlamps with separate low and high beam reflectors stacking atop each other was other prominent change. That separate reflectors were for dipped-beam HID bulb and main-beam halogen bulb. Interior design wasn't changed much.
The W140 S-Class was offered in three wheelbase lengths:
+ 3040 mm (119.7 in) SE sedans
+ 3139 mm (123.6 in) SEL sedans
+ 2944 mm (115.9 in) SEC coupes
In 1994 all Mercedes-Benz model names were rationalized, with the SE/SEL/SEC cars becoming the S-Class, dropping the E (fuel injection) and L (wheelbase). The alphanumerical designations were inverted: for example the both 500SE and 500SEL became S500 regardless of wheelbase length. It is said that some sales materials and order forms include V and W for wheelbase length. To confuse things further, 500SEC also became S500 until it was renamed again to CL-Class in 1998 to reflect its character better.
The V-12 version W140 (S600) was equip with actual leather dashboard, interior door panels, and a real suede headliner, unlike the V8 and inline 6 versions. In 1999, there were only 14 S600s and 15 CL600s for sale in the United States. It is considered one of the most rare Mercedes-Benz cars ever produced, even though the 1999s were actually only 1998 left-overs.
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