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Old 03-23-2004, 10:57 PM
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Looks as if our 300SDL's had the same 80-100 time.

http://207.44.234.41/movies/101-0117_MVI.AVI

Some 300SDL's are just bears off the line, mine wasn't really. My uncle's '86 was.. the car was just FAST.

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According to Garmin 12-channel GPS, my car is a solid 5% off pesimistic.

My 350 is a little on the low-side too(maybe 2-3%)

80-85 takes 3 seconds in 4th, 85-90 takes 3 seconds in 4th, 90-95 takes 4 seconds in 4th, 95 - 100(these are readings from the speedometer) takes about 3 seconds in 4th, can you say, "locomotive"?

The car is faster than the speedometer really tells. I measured mine, and it is a good 5% off. Turbodiesel, while you were going 115 mph, if your speedometer was off like mine, you were actually going better than 120 mph!

You see my tach, is it similar to what yours was at those speeds? Maybe your car was faster than you thought!

My sister's '87 300D is actually reading too optimistical. At 60, it is doing 57 - 58 mph.

The CDI's are ridiculous off the line too. But they get more sluggish as speeds rise above 80 mph. Its a diesel thing I guess, but the 603 tends to slow down to 4-5 second 5mph crawls after 100 mph. This is consistent until you let off the pedal or hit near redline. It does just go like a locomotive. When you go past a certain point, the boost pressure falls and the power is noticeably less. You'll feel the car restrain itself. This is telling you it is nearing redline.

90 - 100 mph is the weakest spot on the 603. Before or after, it moves quickly. Almost like a transition. After 100 mph, the engine stops growling and almost purrs.

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Old 03-23-2004, 11:24 PM
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Ah you've got a 210... my buddy has the 124 '95 E420. I was wondering why your oil pressure didn't go up! haha

Would it make sense his is a smidge faster? I love how that 4.2 sounds though! Inside and outside of the car it is truly a bad ass sounding engine.
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I think that's REALLY off!

The TC shouldn't stall THAT high!

Mine was turning that at a now known GPS speed of 120 mph!

Even the 300D turbo, which was posted


Has 195 65 R15 tires and a 2.65. Should be less than a couple hundred RPM's difference. That speedometer looks accurate. The 300D also has a very high stalling TC.
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You'd know best. All I know is it felt like 75mph
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Ah you've got a 210... my buddy has the 124 '95 E420. I was wondering why your oil pressure didn't go up! haha

Would it make sense his is a smidge faster? I love how that 4.2 sounds though! Inside and outside of the car it is truly a bad ass sounding engine.
It's possible, but I have a 2.82 differential and he most likely has a 2.27. I would hold the ace in that sitch.

0-60 in 6.7 seconds is the factory specified time for the '97 E420.

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You'd know best. All I know is it felt like 75mph
Your 0-60 time, then was not 12.5 seconds. More like 10 - 11 seconds. But from your previous videos, it looked like it wasn't opened up all the way. That's right, it appears you never activated the kickdown switch. Otherwise you would've hit higher revs in first and second gear.:p
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When you think about the fact a W140 S350 turbodiesel can run to 60 mph in only 12.5 seconds, then it certainly makes sense.

Go to prestage.com. There you can figure out gearing relationships.

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Another video. This one from the hood, and no it isn't from the tollbooth. This is a different one.

http://www.ejzcars.com/Street2.mov
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The E420 is capable of 25-27mpg on the freeway if you have a LIGHT foot. A heavy foot drops that to low 20's freeway and teens in town. The M119 is a great engine. Better MPG than the M103, which IMO isn't all that efficient... I was never real thrilled with my old 300E.

I have had my 87 300D (124.133) to an indicated 120mph while the GPS was reading 125mph. That was with fat 17x8 wheels and 225/45/17 tires, which make the speedo read ~4% low, and also create some drag to reduce top speed a hair (factory spec is 129mph).

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So your speedometer was on the dot originally! How's the ride with those 17" ers? That should lower you're final-drive by 4%, too right?
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Funny thing is, the speedo is low by ~4% but the odo is almost dead on, maybe 1% high. Strange. My other 87 with 205/55/16 tires is within 1% up to 100mph which is amazing. The ride quality on the 17's is fine, IMO. The lowering springs made the most difference in firming up the ride. Switching from stock to fat 17's was almost imperceptible, IMO, although that will vary with the tire you buy - serious performance tires will have stiff sidewalls, while sport/touring tires will be softer, even if both are 40-45 series...

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Those wheels seem to fit the W124 perfectly. Really nice!

Now those wheels don't seem oversized for that car. 17's are the way to go. You're car really stands out.

I like AMG monoblocks, myself.
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:35 PM
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I'm lovin all these videos. I want to get one of my car soon.

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