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Old 07-07-2007, 12:22 PM
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What's the difference....

between a euro-Benz and a Benz produced for the other countries? I'm just curious because I've heard a few people talk about a European Benz. Are they better, worse, or no difference at all? Thanks!!!

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Old 07-07-2007, 06:39 PM
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For the older cars – I don’t know if this is true of the new cars – the European market cars are ‘better’ to the extent they had more powerful engines than the US market cars. European market cars also came with fewer automatic and powered devices such as window cranks and climate control. The European market cars therefore had fewer things to break compared to the US market cars 20 plus years down the road.

The European market cars also had the original design bumpers, headlights, headlight beam adjusts, caution triangle, fire extinguisher, and other cosmetic items that were either deleted on the US market cars or replaced with USDOT versions that detracted from the car’s looks.

Someone who knows the post ’91 cars can speak to the difference between the two, if any, but what I do know about today’s cars is that US market cars come with fewer engine choices. Many of the smaller displacement engines aren’t available here.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:48 PM
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Thank-you for your reply, jdc1224, I do appreicate it. Well, one things for sure then, my '94 S500 is NOT a 'Euro-Benz,' because it has more electronic gizmos than any car I've ever seen!!! Nor does it have any of the other features you described. Again, thanks for the reply!!
I noticed you're from Tampa. Ironically, I was just there in March to buy the S500 I have now. Well, actually, I bought in a little town right outside of Tampa called Brandon!! I moved the car from Brandon, Fla to Brandon. MS!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:40 AM
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The Euros can be found in vintages of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. By the 90s, the act of importing Euro MBs was about dead.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:18 AM
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Welcome! Did you know you have another Mercedes owner and neighbor right there in Brandon MS, who posts here all the time?

Have you met him yet? He's VERY well known and liked around here....
1991 560 SEC AMG, 199k <---- 300 hp 10:1 ECE euro HV ...

1995 E 420, 170k "The Red Plum" (sold)

2015 BMW 535i xdrive awd Stage 1 DINAN, 6k, <----364 hp

1967 Mercury Cougar, 49k

2013 Jaguar XF, 20k <----340 hp Supercharged, All Wheel Drive (sold)
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:56 AM
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No, I didn't realize that someone else from Brandon posts here!! That's great!! I have no idea who he is, and I checked out his gallery and none of those cars look familiar. Brandon is a rather small community and one things for sure, I'd sure remember some of those other 'items' in his gallery!!!LOL!!! Hey, I may be 57 years old, but I ain't dead yet!! Hopefully he'll read this post and reply to it. Thanks for the info Jim B, I appreicate it!!

Thanks also Pos, for my Euro-Benz question. So I guess if I ever had the desire of a Euro-Benz, I better look for one in the pre-90's, huh? Actually, for me, that's useful info, because now if I ever talk to someone about the differences between a 'regular' and a 'euro' Benz I won't sound like a complete idiot!!

Thanks again to both of you!!
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:40 PM
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The Euro-Benzes did not have reinforced side-beams built in the door frames.
The Euro-Benzes used smaller, less effective bumpers that may have looked sleek, but did little to protect the body of the car in low speed impacts.

The Euro-Benzes, due to a lack of equipment and safety devices, were considerably lighter, had a huge engine model range (taxation per displacement), and, due to the lack of smog equipment, had higher peak hp.

1987 300SDL (324000)

1986 Porsche 951 (944 Turbo) (166000)

1978 Porsche 924 (99000)

1996 Nissan Pathfinder R50 (201000)
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