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Old 09-26-2002, 03:24 PM
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Unhappy Help - $1200 R129 ADS Shock Absorber !!!

My 1990 R129 500SL has ADS Adjustable Damper System with some type of hydraulic and gas setup. Anyway the rear left corner started to get very jittery so I took it to a dealer. The diagnosis was a failed "actuator" in the left rear shock/. They say it needs a new shock (incuding actuator?) costing $1200 plus maybe another $300 to fit it. IS THIS REAL????? They also say the system was very rare, and that HQ in Germany is out of spare shocks, and they have to ask the original manufacturer to make one.
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Old 09-26-2002, 05:28 PM
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When I was at my MB mechanic's shop the last time, he was doing the shock replacement on a 600SL with the same system, and I believe I remember him saying that they were about $900 for each side.
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Old 10-06-2002, 01:52 PM
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Got it back yesterday. Not as painful as expected. She needed both rear shocks and spheres. $450 each corner plus labour. But now I know what the ADS is really like, and I'm impressed.
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'66 W100 600 SWB
'05 W463 G55K AMG
'91 W126 500SEL
'93 W463 300GDL
'84 W460 280GES
'83 W460 300GDL
'66 W111 220SEb Coupe
'58 W121 190
'58 W180 220S
Have previously owned '99 SL600, '99 ML320, '79 450SLC, '79 450SEL 6.9 x 2, '68 600, '91 190E 1.8, '90 190E 2.0, '85 190, '90 500SL, '92 500SEL, '97 E300Turbodiesel, '91 300D, '72 280S, '82 300D, '81 300SD, '85 230E, '56 220a and I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
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