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Tonight the wife had me run some errands for her. She is a realtor here in vegas and does not like going to north las vegas at night alone, so she had me go up there to change out some lockboxes for her. now, i live on the extreme south end so its a drive up there to begin with (by vegas standards) and i dont mind, gets me away from the kiddies for a bit.

Since I am unemployed I do not drive much, and my car gets a lot of short runs, hence the fact i only put ~3000 miles on it since July when i got the car....so tonight i decided that hey, this car needs a good highway run and never had one since i got it other than short little 5-10 mile freeway hops.

Now, we all like our cars....hell, if we hated them we would not be on this website. Some of us truly love them, some of us say they love them, some of us are in love with them more than their signifigant others, some of us think we love them but dont know what love is....which is where i fall....i think i love it....until tonight.
now, putting my very slight cruising vibration which i highly suspect is my motor mounts being old (tranny mount is new) aside i totally enjoyed the cruise at 75mph. the lack of rattles and squeaks (other than my brakes that need to be changed) amazed me for a 16 year old car...my wifes 3 year old impala makes tons of interior dash noises and rattles with half the miles. this cruise made me realize why i like my car

heres the love part, that part i never knew about or felt yet...on my last leg of my freeway trip towards home i decided to have fun...ran her at 85mph for a bit...and a few hits to 100, and one to 120mph for a good minute....this is where i fell in love. now, i dont routinely do over 85 as theres nowhere to really do it locally except for mid week nighttime in the middle of the desert. but where i was i was able to do it. now im in love with it....the stability and confidence it has at 100+ was amazing even with well used suspension with some components that need to be changed, and i did not want to stop, and i can only imagine what this car felt like off the showroom floor new. now i really want this thing fixed to new spec as much as possible. its just a plain ol amazing car regardless of age.
now i am spolied, i can never set foot in another car that is not a flagship german built vehicle of this era.
mercedes is for cruising, the bimmer is for fun. i dont even want to give the mercedes to my wife now thats how hooked i am on this thing. tonights cruise just made me realize how great these cars really are, even with some needed repairs that are associated with age. at 125k miles she is just wonderful, and with work she can be outstanding again. so next time i lock my power door locks with a key because a stupid actuator does not work or when a window regulator goes out and that nice long drive with no heat on a cold desert night i wont think twice about that little stuff...ill just remember tonights nice silent drive.
 

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I know how you feel,, I got my car back on Wednesday after have a new steering damper and the 2 bottom wishbone replaced. I got the re furbished wheels back on the car today, and what a difference to drive in near silence, pin sharp handling, very good seats. I can start now on the few cosmetic things that need to be done and fitting the phone and satnav so its all hard wired.

I will get some pictures up shortly, that is if ever it stops raining
 

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Yup, that was how I fell in love with the car. Honestly, when I first bought the car, I was planning on selling her after I fix a few things up. It was suppose to be an investment. I fell in love...and she will be with me until she or I die, or both at the same time. :eek:

I totally agree with you about the ride quality, the quietness and the lack of rattles in the car when cruising down the highway. My only complaint in terms of noise is the transmission when out of gear, it whirls but I was told it was normal.
My suspension components also need to be changed, I was surprised to find out that I needed to change them since the car ran so well. I wonder how it will run with new parts. (Upper control arm boot worn, sway links one boot is torn, bushings probably due at this age and miles)
 

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My only complaint in terms of noise is the transmission when out of gear, it whirls but I was told it was normal.
mine does too, was pretty quiet until the trans came out for leak fixes, and then the indie removed all the loose insulation and its louder now, especially when its cold, once it warms up its not too bad. my indie said that noise was normal and natural (25 years dealer experienced) i may cram some insulation back up in there one day because it kinda sucks to hear it.
 

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mine does too, was pretty quiet until the trans came out for leak fixes, and then the indie removed all the loose insulation and its louder now, especially when its cold, once it warms up its not too bad. my indie said that noise was normal and natural (25 years dealer experienced) i may cram some insulation back up in there one day because it kinda sucks to hear it.
Yeah the transmission manual said it was normal too, it also described it as a whirling sound. Yours is probably worsen due to the insulation being gone :O
 

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Yea a tad discouraged from that but it shifts well and smooth so if there was.a problem it would have shown itself in other ways.
 

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Sounds marvellous Tack - let me know if you fancy a longer 140 drive, say like driving my CL from Phoenix to the NW ! :thumbsup:
 

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Sounds marvellous Tack - let me know if you fancy a longer 140 drive, say like driving my CL from Phoenix to the NW ! :thumbsup:
Haha. I smoke, I'd never make.it that far lol. Plus I may be tempted to enjoy it too much. Why not just get a transport truck.?
 

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Yeah, I may just do that. Or I may come and get it. The work is almost finished. Maybe a week to go... I miss my car! :mad:
 

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And with this expert testimony, you see exactly why I came back to the W140, why I am fastidious to keep my cars up to Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) standards, and why I employ a Mercedes Benz dealership in much of that maintenance. My 140's all have 100,000+ miles, yet drive as though they are new.

Thank you for the confirmation of my effort to keep what very well may be the very best car ever produced in good working order.
 

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Oh, and I drank a can of soda and a bottle of water handy. Taco bell was starting to look good but. I was getting sleepy from being in my car. Oops, I should not have confessed that lol
 

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When my 140 was away I had the loan of a 210 to get home,,, it was so small, wind noise,roll bar rattling, bouncy or lets put it this way just horrible. The guys doing the work on my car asked what it was like and when I told them they replied "Oh that is just about right for a 210"
 

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When my 140 was away I had the loan of a 210 to get home,,, it was so small, wind noise,roll bar rattling, bouncy or lets put it this way just horrible. The guys doing the work on my car asked what it was like and when I told them they replied "Oh that is just about right for a 210"
Ditto on my C class loaner. The suspension was a joke. Earlier post on W140 at higher speeds is so true. The car has amazing control and clearly was meant to travel at the highest speeds on the Autobahn. No bump can unsettle its grip on the road.

I was entertaining buying a w210 diesel, but decided not to even look into it since it just was nowhere near the car. I'd rather have a five years older w140. My new W140 diesel is close to running like new. My older one was never quite right. Now I can see why someone would have payed $80,000 for a new one.
 

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Richard, pay my air fare and I'll graciously transport your space ship.
 

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You may have a deal, I may be able to do it, but doubt it - so, let me know the flight prices! - we may be able to use "name your own price" on Price line...

Call me I'm back in the US...
 

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long island to pheonix is pricey! even with SW leaving from macarthur! hell it would be cheaper if i did it being in vegas, cheapo flight to pheonix then a cheapo flight home!

damn, i have the time, just not the freedom with kids and all :(
 

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good story. the love the quite ride of the W140. it may handle like a boat at stop and go traffic but you forget all that at +85mph

I am looking at an S210 myself...I like the way it looks over a Turbo R or BMW Estate...
 

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Tack - Ditch the kids, stop off at the casino - bet the CL (heh, what are friends for?) and see if you can up it to a V12...

As for TA's flight - Andrew loves the CL so much he'll either drive the W140 & drive it back, or hitch!
 

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good story. the love the quite ride of the W140. it may handle like a boat at stop and go traffic but you forget all that at +85mph

I am looking at an S210 myself...I like the way it looks over a Turbo R or BMW Estate...
S210 - :eek::eek::eek:

You have a W140; official Benzworld policy only cars you are allowed to buy *after* a W140 is an E38 or a Ferrari!

That's house rules. If you want to break that, you have to deliver my CL as punishment, as then you'll realise how dense it is to break standard BenzWorld post 140 purchase rules...
 
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