68 250S, 91 300se, 98 SL500, 450SEL 6.9, 14 CLS550 Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
Sounds like you have done all the past due maintenance. Now drive and enjoy the car!
Just sold my 1998 500sl 120k miles, nice cosmetic shape but all the same kinda looming issues a 1998 has for what I would have said was a shockingly low, but by the end of the process, a happy I could get it $4100 by auctioning it off on ebay..
I don't think that's necessarily true...The "Lexus Effect" of having to compete with cheap asian luxo imports is quite obvious when comparing quality my older mercs. (1972 250c, 1983 300sd, 1985 500sec, 1998 560sel) to the r129.The drop off in materials quality and engineering is quite obvious, I always said my merc. was built like a bank vault where as the r129 is built more like a piggy bank..
My to "after the fall" cars R129 and my s430 (w220) both were disappointments, the r129 materials and having part literally come off in my hands. Whereas I don't recall ever being left on the side of the road with a major "system failure" my s430 left me f'kd for $1k+ repair each time (3x maybe 4) the "airmatic" suspension got a flat tire.I don't think that's necessarily true...
The fit and finish on the R129s is excellent. The materials, however, can leave something to be desired. We've all dealt with the deteriorating plastics, but again, that may be a victim of the times and not necessarily a result of cost cutting.
And the requirements for a convertible are far more stringent than any other car, such as a sedan. Think about it - the interior has to be designed to withstand the ravages of the outdoors, whereas a sedan does not. A really good example of a failure in this area is with the SLK230 models. Rather than use injection molded colored plastics for the interior, a base piece was made and painted to match the desired interior color. Within a few years of exposure to UV and temperatures those pieces failed, and failed miserably. There are few SLK230s out there, short of ones that spent most of their time in a garage, that have decent interior plastics.
I'm not sure that Mercedes "cheaped out" on the R129. Compared to other cars of the era, such as the W140 or W124, they seem to have been built as well based on my experience - and I've owned multiples of all of these models.
Heh.My to "after the fall" cars R129 and my s430 (w220) both were disappointments, the r129 materials and having part literally come off in my hands. Whereas I don't recall ever being left on the side of the road with a major "system failure" my s430 left me f'kd for $1k+ repair each time (3x maybe 4) the "airmatic" suspension got a flat tire.
The Rise and Fall... and Rise of Mercedes-Benz...
But for my daily drivers I'm not going past the W210.
Not familiar with the w220 never liked front end look. And being 6'9" intersection of good cars and ones I can fit in are pretty limited and 20/30 years old if it's a merc.
At least from 70's through the 90's merc. built the cabin then built the car around it. So my 350sl was a little snug because of limited rake on the seats but still fit and was my favorite, a German convertible 6800/rpm V8 w/4-speed manual ;-)
Compared with the r129 (a hand me down never would have bought one for my self) with the hard top on? As long as I pack my head in the trunk, top down? Think Tommy Boy "Big guy in a little coat".
My '96, I've really had to go though it in 5 years of ownership. One thing I did learn; that was the first year of the 722.6 transmission and at about 150K I needed a new one. They made 3 major revisions to it. By 2000, they were near bulletproof. Mine was still running but making noises when I put it in reverse. I've replaced the cats (a few weeks ago), top hydraulics, coil packs, power steering pump , shocks (twice), seat covers just to mention a few things.
That being said I still enjoy the car - have put 80K miles on it in 5 years and will keep driving it.
I don't believe they will permanently be in the value cellar but all of the junky ones have to get off the road, first.
Just enjoy the car.
Mine's going on a 2,000 mile jaunt up the OR and WA coast in a couple of weeks.
I've a '99 and one of the lift cylinders just failed last week end; I've got the puddle in front of the rear wheel. Doing the research re: removal so I can send it in to Top Hydraulics, and really hoping to not have to send them in all at once. Was thinking the leaking one and its counterpart on opposite side, at least. How much time did you get in between cylinders failing when replacing them one by one? I'm tempted to do the same, especially as I use the hard-top 90% of the time anyhow.So far I've had my 98 for 4 years, it has 106k on the clock and only replaced 5 cyls as they started to leak. Been lucky they were all the easy ones.