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Old 12-26-2014, 11:40 AM
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w 220 question

hi...i have a question is a w220 model a troublesome vehicle just wondering thanks.

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Old 12-26-2014, 12:00 PM
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........it depends
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:37 PM
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Only if you are having troubles. Couldn't help it. Lol. Sorry.

Try google searching. Specified to this site.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:47 AM
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Google away for opinions, but what I take away on the 220:
1. Avoid the V12
2. Pay attention to leaks on the airmatic suspension, or the expensive pump may fail
3. Go with an 05 or later
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:27 AM
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The early ones have front sub-frame issues where the lower control arms bolt-on. If the play is too large the WHOLE front aluminum sub frame must be replaced.

I want to say it is about $3k to $5k for the part, but the monumental task of the engine alignment, and etc....

A W140 is way cheaper to maintain in terms of dollars....

The PSE(door lock pumps) on the early ones are known to melt down...about $1k

That shock pump is about $1.5k to $2k.. Dealer Shocks are $1.5k to $1.8k a piece. Someone rebuilds the shocks for about $700 a piece...

I'm a fan of W140, and I have two of them. Even if you blow a transmission on a W140 it is chump-change to the suspension issues the W220's can sink a person...

All the best,

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Old 12-28-2014, 11:43 AM
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The early ones have front sub-frame issues where the lower control arms bolt-on. If the play is too large the WHOLE front aluminum sub frame must be replaced.

I want to say it is about $3k to $5k for the part, but the monumental task of the engine alignment, and etc....

A W140 is way cheaper to maintain in terms of dollars....

The PSE(door lock pumps) on the early ones are known to melt down...about $1k

That shock pump is about $1.5k to $2k.. Dealer Shocks are $1.5k to $1.8k a piece. Someone rebuilds the shocks for about $700 a piece...

I'm a fan of W140, and I have two of them. Even if you blow a transmission on a W140 it is chump-change to the suspension issues the W220's can sink a person...

All the best,

Martin
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Old 12-28-2014, 02:25 PM
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There are spring kits now, no reason to avoid the cars because of airmatic nowadays. Stay away from the v12s (money pits) and you're ok.

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