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Old 06-06-2001, 02:12 PM
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I am planning to change the rear shocks and also the front. The ride has not been as good as it used to be. Feel the small potholes in the road. The shocks are not leaking or anything. Is the ride comfort controlled by the shocks or are there any other bushings in the suspension which could be worn. Is it safe to assume that the shocks are tired eventhough they do not leak. Height of the car is normal.
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Old 06-07-2001, 04:18 AM
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Pushing the top of each wheel to check if they bouncing abnormally. IF not, the shocks are still in good shape. How long have the tires live? For a long time used tire, even the tread looks good the tire surface could become hard and cause noise and unconfort. If you ever experience low profile tire compared with high profile tire, you can tell how much the tire contributes to ride comfort.
Why not look into the tires first.

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Old 06-07-2001, 04:27 AM
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You did not mention if you had rideleveler, if so chech your fluid levels also.
Your car is a 300sel is that w126 ?
If so it more than likely has ride leveler, just check that before replacing shocks , could be cheaper.
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Old 06-07-2001, 10:45 AM
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The 126 doesnt have much of bushings than compared to the 124. Its most likely the shock absorbers (as the spring is known to last for yonks).

Having said that, there are some little bushings at the rear lower arm that sits right beneath the passenger cabin. That too is known to last for yonks - but once replaced (or so I was told), the ride is as good as new.

Other possible options to look at : tyre wear and pressure, or lower arm joints/bushes.
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Thanks for the info.

The tires are bran new only 500km. Also the car does not have self leveling.
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I don't have a W126 but have test driven a lot of them and read a lot about them. One thing I know is that the subframe bushings are a known wear item and often need replacement somewhere after 100,000 miles. People I know who have replaced these bushings say it "brings back the new car ride."
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Old 06-07-2001, 09:13 PM
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The bushings at the sub-frame .. I was told exactly the same thing too. I was quoted a total working time span of 3 days needed for the replacement and at a cost of approx. USD400 all inclusive of labour.
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Old 06-27-2001, 12:54 PM
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re: ride comfort.

THIS REPLY IS FOR YMSIN:

Ymsin:

a couple of weeks back, in this thread, you talked about a couple of small bushings under rear passenger compartment (on or above lower control arms) that-if replaced- positively affect ride comfort.

Could you please be extremely specific and identify or locate these for me? I am very curious.

Thanks....
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Old 06-27-2001, 01:30 PM
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Sort of off-topic but:

My 90 300E, has that bouncy feeling when I encounter humps in the road. How can I regain that stiffness again? By replacing the shocks?

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Old 06-27-2001, 01:51 PM
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ride comfort.

Pmizell:

If your E300 is bouncing, you most likely need shocks. (although tire balancing should be checked, as well).

I would recommend Bilstein heavy-duties on the rear, and comforts on the front. But please-replace all 4 shocks to have the car perform right.
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