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How long do the original shocks last on these cars? 100k ? think all 3 of my cars have originals,they still work but getting tried,my American made cars shocks would wear out at 20k or so, are German made superior?
 

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Yes, the OEM shocks do last that long. They were OEM'd to MB by Bilstein.

Suggest you replace with Bilstein to maintain the ride quality and shock longevity.

Be sure to replace the bump stops, shock boots, spring pads and the shock tower mounts during this process as well.
 

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I got 195,000 kms out of mine. Sachs did the Sportline ones at least.
 

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What exactly goes wrong with the shock tower mounts?
 

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Rubber cracks over time and can cause the mount to come apart. I did them on a friends car a while back and the center section broke out of both when I took off thr strut nut. failure on the road will of course cause the strut end to slam into your hood.

My cabrio had original struts until I replaced them at 215k miles. They werent even that bad yet, I am just anal.
 

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The car is hard to place where you want it on the road, wheel alignment wonders about the place........
 

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Yes, the OEM shocks do last that long. They were OEM'd to MB by Bilstein.

Suggest you replace with Bilstein to maintain the ride quality and shock longevity.

Be sure to replace the bump stops, shock boots, spring pads and the shock tower mounts during this process as well.
If I recall Sachs was the OEM for all 124's.....and most 80's Mercs
 

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Sachs were the OEM on my 124 and on 2 others that I replaced. I stuck with them since they lasted so long originally.

Sachs also makes the OEM shocks and struts for VW with similar long lasting results.
 

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On my 260E they were both toast at 90k. Its hit or miss it seems. If you are bottoming out on dips in the road, its time. The "bounce" test does not confirm anything.
 

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How long do the original shocks last on these cars? 100k ? think all 3 of my cars have originals,they still work but getting tried,my American made cars shocks would wear out at 20k or so, are German made superior?
When they are leaking/oily is the simple way to know. But I'd say with a 100k it's probably a good time.
 

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I replaced the old, tired OEM shocks with Bilstein Comfort shocks all around and the ride quality is astounding. Partsgeek gave me killer price on them.
 

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I never got that leaky or oily thing. I actually didn't know it was time until one bounced through my trunk. The car didn't dip, nothing leaked and the bounce test didn't show anything. (I still have one left to replace at 230,000 this friday, and the bounce test still shows nothing.) I have an E420, would there be a reason why my struts weren't leaking.
 

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After reading the posts I think it's time for me to change mine too. It's now leaking after just 5 years and 80,000 kms, not miles. :(
 

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The SM has an extensive test you can run for rebound etc....with the struts off the car. If they're high mileage anyway, I think the tests are moot. Usually, you can tell by the ride.

Kevin
 
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