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Old 01-29-2001, 03:54 AM
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I have a problem with the trunk closing assist on my 1994 S500 Coupe...when I close the trunk, it pulls down fine, then I hear a slight air release noise, and the trunk moves back up about a quarter of an inch. This looks just a little corny, and it is not 100% water tight. My door assist works just fine. I'm not sure if something has come loose or....

Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks...

PS - on a different note...just DESTROYED what looked like a 99 Lexus SC400 (xenons) on this monster really kills from 80-120. And HE STARTED IT! I didn't wanna pick on him
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Old 01-29-2001, 09:30 PM
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It is normal for the system to release a little and for the trunk to come back up a little. There is an adjustment for the final rest. It is the bottom latch. Two 10mm head bolts.
Donnie Drummonds
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Old 01-30-2001, 07:37 AM
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Thanks! Turns out the bolt on the bottom had come nearly all the way loose and was letting the trunk go. I tightened it down and the trunk now closes flush. Appreciate the help!
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Old 01-30-2001, 05:39 PM
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I'm actually in the market right now for an S500 coupe (W140) and was wondering what you think about yours?
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:15 AM
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Love it, love it, love it. I used to have 300E which I customized the hell out of...then I got into a 1993 500SEL which IMO is the last great super luxury benz...but a great deal on this coupe combined with my sedan getting up in miles, combined with the fact that I'm no where near a family man convinced me to snap this coupe up. I love it! I can go two weeks without seeing another 140 coupe on the road, while I'll see 5 or more sedans if I drive around for more than an hour on any given day. Plus a buddy of mine has a WICKED CL600 with renntech/AMG engine and exhaust mods and a FAB sport kit, and it is a sight to be seen when we hit the streets together. The shorter wheelbase makes it sportier than the sedan as well...and you can't beat that big star in the grille...i'm thinking of subtly backlighting it to make it even more menacing

Just make sure you do through research. As Akry said, it's best to look for a 97 as it won't have any evaporator core problems or lower end shimmy (I don't have the evap core problem but I do need to replace my lower control arm bushings). I had the benefit of knowing the complete service history of the was very well taken care of, it had the rear hydraulic shocks redone as well as a $5000 (!) paint job by mercedes simply because the previous owner didn't like the pin stripe. Also, a '97 will have xenons and the smoother electronic transmission.

That said, you will pay much much more. I love my 94 and am willing to deal with the small issues it has. Keep us posted!! There don't seem to be many 140 coupe owners on mercedesshop, so I'd love some company
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:36 AM
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Right now I'm looking at a '97 S500C with 48,000 miles on it. The dealer is asking $68K for it. I'm also looking into the S/CL600 coupe as well. I'd love to get one of the C215 coupes but I just can't stand the COMAND module in the new cars and they just don't have the solid "feel" of the 140's. My 94 S500 (bought new) is approaching 100K miles and its time for something different. . .
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:23 PM
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1997+ Coupes definitely is your best bet. That is, if you can cough up couple extra grand for one. You will definitely be happier with revised tailights, bumpers, Parktronic, Xenon, and eletronic 5-speed auto tranny. But neverthless, C140(as well as C215) is still my favourite MB so far, with V12 R129s tie with E55 and E500 for second place..

If you can have that 1997 S500(assume it as full record, and no claims)for $60K +/- 2000, grab it!!!

Good luck, and keep us informed
Andy Kuo
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Old 03-12-2001, 12:24 AM
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Fuel ecnomy on S500 coupe


Wondering what you fuel economy numbers are for you S500 coupe? I'm considering one (1995) and see the predicted values from put the car at 15 city, 20 highway. What do you really get?

What else commonly goes wrong on these cars? I'd like to know a little more of what to look for before purchasing one...

Thanks much!

2014 Tesla Model S (320 miles)
1999 S500 Grand Edition 164k
1992 300D 2.5 Turbo 287k
2005 E320 4MATIC wagon
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L 99k (sleeping for a while)

Then: 96 Lincoln TC, 93 Lincoln TC, 87 560 SEL, 87 300 SDL, 80 300D, 89 560 SEC
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