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Old 07-16-2002, 06:00 PM
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Question Shocking Question

I just bought a 1998 C280 - I've had it aligned, balanced, etc. how dow you know if the shocks are going south? The ride seems good but is a little firm on bumps and stuff. I was told this is typical MB ride - very firm. the car has about 40k on it. Also I posted a question on here earlier about fixing some bubbling in the ceiling liner in the back of the car - the felt is coming unstuck from the backing piece. Thanks for helping!

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Old 07-16-2002, 08:38 PM
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With only 40K on the car, it would be very surprising if the shock absorbers were bad.
YUou said the car was a bit bumpy, certainly not a sign of weak shocks. I would assume the guy who did the alignment checked the suspension/steering components befor doing the job, including the shock absorbers.

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Old 07-16-2002, 11:12 PM
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Do you have stock springs or lowered car?

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Old 07-17-2002, 10:25 AM
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Bad shocks do not make the ride firmer. Push down on one corner of the car and release, it should return to its original position without bouncing. I don't see how a shock could possibly be bad at 40k miles.
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Old 07-17-2002, 10:36 PM
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Welcome to the world of MB...which = firm ride....If you have bad shocks your car will feel as though it is floating and feel like its going to tip over when you take a fast turn. This is called body roll. Kinda like a 70's lincoln

As far as the headliner goes you can use 3M spray adhesive.

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Old 07-18-2002, 03:55 PM
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Thanks everyone - so I guess firm ride is good. As far as the liner goes, the dealership is fixing it for free - advisor said it has been a problem with C280 and C220s. Bad glue job I guess.

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Well Geoff, I don't know if you've ever driven many other European cars or at least non-American cars, but I am yet to find many cars that ride better than my 190E.
Some I've driven recently I can remember are worse riding are E46 BMW 318i, '00 Volvo V70, '98 Honda Accord, any VW, any Audi except A8 and possibly new A6. I don't think any Japanese cars do except some Lexus.

Large BMWs tend to ride better, and newer Mercedes including the 300E.

I can't remember the ride on the C-class, but it hopefully isn't much worse than a 190E - you could never describe a 190 or 300 as firm.

So perhaps you have a problem? Try and ride in some other MBs to get an idea.
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