Thanks for the info and md21722, you are right about the cost cutting. It is going on across the board in the automotive industry and even MB is not immune from it. Just look at the ML320, that's why I like my W124 over the majority of new vehicle offerings.
This is a timeless design when MB did not have much competition and just concentrated on making the best cars in the world.
I would like to add that I do have a GM vehicle, a 99 Pontiac Montana, it rattles and shakes, fit and finish is very poor, has a lot of design issues, but, it's ride is pretty smooth on the highway and quiet, engine has plenty of low end torque, gives good fuel economy and the transmission is not bad either. Has 100K major maint. and 150K on the coolant.
To satisfy my curiosity as an engineer, I will have to do more research on oil grades, maybe even talk to engineers at MB and/or some other automakers/suppliers.
94 E320 58000 Miles
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