The rear shocks on our 190E had showed some signs of leakage, and the boots were in shreds. Handling was loopy - bordering dangerous - at least in feel. When I replaced the shocks, I was surprised on how little difference was apparent in the old shocks from the new - off the car. The old ones still had no freeplay, and damping only slightly less than the new. Of course, replacing the shocks did NOT take care of the problem - tightening a loose track strut did.