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Old 01-07-2008, 11:36 AM
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Will this instrument cluster fit?

I've got a '97 SL320 and need to replace the instrument cluster. I have found one from a '97 S320 Sedan part # 1404406111. Will that cluster work?

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Old 01-07-2008, 03:51 PM
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Are the W140s and the R129s interchangeable?

Absolutely not! Although they appear to be identical, and they will fit in each respective car, the operation would be incorrect. Here are the differences :

W140 gas tanks are 100 L, R129 are 80 L. The fuel gauge reading would be incorrect.
R129 transmissions have gearing before the VSS, which means that 320, 500, and 600 clusters are designed specifically for their application. All W140 clusters are speedometer compatible.
R129 VSS and tach signals have negative voltage biases, which cause misreading from W140 clusters.
As a result of the uniqueness of the R129 cluster, it is a more difficult unit to find second hand.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:00 PM
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There are a couple of companies that rebuild VDO's. You can do a forum search for more info. What's wrong with your VDO? Some repairs are not too difficult; like the imfamous voltage regulator capacitor.
Resistance is Futile.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:32 AM
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Thanks Peter!

So will '94 - '97 SL500 cluster fit the '97 SL320?

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