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Old 06-19-2000, 02:20 PM
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I have bought a used 97 E420 with a 55k only
on odometer. However, on a recent trip to
local MB Service center where I planned only
to change oil and filter I was told that
both front Control Arm Bushings are worn
and need a replacement. I did not argued with
the service center since I did experience
some uncontrolled movements in the front of
the car when making turns at high speed.
My question is then to understand why a car with a low mileage have such an "old age car"
defect? Is it an alarm for me that the
car might have been seriously abused
by the previous owner or worse the odometer has been
tempered with ?

Stan Levin.
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Old 06-19-2000, 06:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Gainesville FL
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The rear bushing of the lower control arm is hydraulic like the motor mounts. MB has done this to soften the road vibration that comes through the chassis. They used to use a separate subframe to absorb. As with the motor mounts these bushings work great when new but fail much quicker than hard rubber. MB parts system says that there is a new number for the original part and the old number is no longer to be used.

This usually means they have improved the part. I didn't see any service bulletins but I didn't look very hard.

Steve Brotherton
Owner 24 bay BSC
Bosch Master, ASE master L1
26 years MB technician
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