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Old 06-16-2004, 07:56 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: France, next to Germany
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Question W124 bumper strength: <1990 vs >=1990

Does anybody know if the 1990-up bumpers are as strong as the 1989 and earlier?

I have an 88 300TD and the bumpers are impressively strong. Given that it has the way-low German sport suspension, strong bumpers are a great thing in case I catch a boar or other wild animal we have running around the forests where I live (we don't have tall wild beasts like you guys in the US do. We killed the big ones centuries ago).

In 1990 the W124 got new color-keyed bumpers. Anybody know if Benz dialed back the thickness on the newer bumpers, or are they as strong as the older dark gray bumpers? I've seen a few newer W124s with pretty serious bumper manglement, especially in Paris, where W124s still make up a large portion of the taxi fleet. Mine still look like new after 16 years.

An American in France
88 300TD 5spd Sportline (lowered factory susp) - totalled by a flying deer
89 Range Rover V8 - the 4wd beast
02 Toyota minivan
05 Peugeot Partner 4x4 Dangel
88 International Harvestor 633SA
--Gone but not forgotten:
1970 250/8 C (sold to buy 450 SLC)
1972 450 SLC (sold after battling wiring harness problems too long)
1971 300 SEL 6.3 (sold after destroying two *very* expensive rear LS diffs)
1986 560 SEL (now my little brother's pride and joy)
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