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Old 02-09-2001, 07:33 AM
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How can I determine if my 1990 MB 500SL has the Adaptive Damping System (ADS) option and/or the Automatic Slip Option (ASR). I bought a near mint 500SL from a friend who was the second owner and he wasn’t sure. I could ask the first owner but he is very difficult to reach sometimes.

'90 MB 500 SL
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Old 02-09-2001, 08:32 AM
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My ETM shows ADS and ASR started in 1991.

But if it is wrong, cars with ASR have speed sensors at both rear wheels whereas the ABS cars only have a speed sensor on the differential.
Steve Brotherton
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Old 02-09-2001, 04:53 PM
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ASR will also have an ASR indicator light on the speedo.

A yellow lit Triangle.
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Old 02-09-2001, 09:18 PM
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Simple to tell.
ASR equipped will have a trangle light in middle of speedo (yellow)
ADS will have a rocker awitch above the ashtray to switch from 'normal' to 'sport' modes.

K Bowers 94 SL600
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