That's right, it was front end issues. I haven't read over the thread in a while.
I spoke with my Benz mechanic and asked about the stiff ride in the rear. He said that even though the shocks are new, it will ride stiff in the cold (I'm in WI - and it's been a cold one so far) until the fluid in the self-leveling susp. gets a chance to warm up or the outside temp is warm.
Since work is near home, as are most places I frequent, I'm sure the car never approaches *that* temp. I only put on about 10-15 miles a day.
BTW: Where was the origin of your power steering leak and what was the resolution? Mine drips a bit from the lowest part of the ps hoses. Not sure if it's the pump itself or hoses.
[Edited by w126 on 02-12-2001 at 12:12 PM]