Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-25-2003, 10:05 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 162
1989 300te questions:

I might as well get all the questions out at one time (until next time), instead of drips and drabs.
1. With Blizzards ONLY on the rear, the car wanders and feels unstable. I have ordered another set for the front...Are these cars generally "precise" handlers?
2. My former rig...Volvo 740, after making a turn, the steering wheel would zip back to a straight path...this car I have to sometimes "help" it return. What is this a symptom of?
3. The trunk lid (wagon lid) won't stay up in cold weather. Is this to be expected? I would hate to spend the cash for new pistons and have the same reaction.
4. Expected m.p.g.? I get about 19, mixed town and highway.
5. What is an EXCELLENT 3 season tire to order for when the Blizzards are taken off? I have the typical 15" wheel.

Thanks for any input. As I drive, these things get to me...you know the routine.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-26-2003, 04:37 AM
sixto's Avatar
smoke gets in your eyes
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 19,753
Blizzard or Blizzak?

Sixto
95 S420
87 300SDL
83 300SD ... $950, see cars forum
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2003, 05:37 AM
gerryvz's Avatar
"Unhinged Troll" - Jim B.
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 1,268
I have found both with our former 1992 300TE and our current 1995 E320 wagon, that the steering wheel doesn't totally zip back to straight when coming out of a turn. I don't know that tires would have tons to do with this -- I think it to be more steering geometry than anything though front tires could have some effect.

The rear hatch struts wear out, and it is kind of a pain to replace them if you're not prepared for the job. But it is a DIY job, for a medium-skilled DIYer with appropriate tools.

You will be alarmed at the difference after you replace them -- the hatch will knock you in the chin if you are not careful! They do settle into more of a "normal" mode of raising after a little while, though.

MPG -- for a 103 motor, I think 19-21 is right on the money for mixed driving. Low-mid 20s for longer-distance highway driving is normal too.

Michelins are very popular and you can't go too wrong with them. I would say that there are also other brands that are quite good -- Yokohama comes to mind. Tires are tough -- lots of personal preference there, and lots of choices to meet the budget. My advice -- solicit advice, and order online from Tire Rack and have them delivered to your local indy for installation. H or V rating should be more than adequate for a wagon.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Gerry
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2003, 08:03 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 162
Blizzak

The Bridgestone Blizzak...did I spell that right? the WS50.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-26-2003, 11:19 AM
JasonUberMB's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 22
Re: 1989 300te questions:

Quote:
Originally posted by Eliot
I might as well get all the questions out at one time (until next time), instead of drips and drabs.
1. With Blizzards ONLY on the rear, the car wanders and feels unstable. I have ordered another set for the front...Are these cars generally "precise" handlers?
Always, always, every time... run snow tires at all 4 points. Especially on a rear wheel drive car. The wagon feels unstable with snows on the rear because of the disparity of friction produced between front and rear wheels.
I have used Yokohama F720 special purpose snow tires (soft cell studless) for 3 winters. Excellent on snow and ice. They produce some high pitched whine on smooth surfaces, but they cruise very nicely at 90 mph.

Quote:

2. My former rig...Volvo 740, after making a turn, the steering wheel would zip back to a straight path...this car I have to sometimes "help" it return. What is this a symptom of?
The Mercedes has a "heavy" steering feel. I think it is to provide a more stable steering feel at higher speeds.

Quote:

3. The trunk lid (wagon lid) won't stay up in cold weather. Is this to be expected? I would hate to spend the cash for new pistons and have the same reaction.
My wagon has the same problem. At cold temperatures, I must prop the tailgate up with my noggin. oh well.

Quote:

5. What is an EXCELLENT 3 season tire to order for when the Blizzards are taken off? I have the typical 15" wheel.
I like the higher dollar Bridgestone potenza series. RE910 I think. I even ran them for the first winter I had the car. Ski trips to the Colorado Rockies.
Yokohama Avid H4 is what I have now, but they float on water and slush. Ick. They also seem to wear faster than the Bridgestone Potenza series.

__________________
Jason
1990 300TE
210k miles
Engine: 103.983
Chassis: 124.090
17/27 mpg
:

Last edited by JasonUberMB; 12-26-2003 at 07:19 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-26-2003, 12:08 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Seattle
Posts: 596
Bridgestone RE950
__________________
David
1986 300E Anthracite + ECodes + MB Mileage Award
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-26-2003, 02:05 PM
dtf dtf is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: South East CT
Posts: 824
I totally agree with the Potenza 950's. I have them now on the '94 wagon and they are worth the price. My hatch is also very stubborn but only in the cold weather. It is fine otherwise.
__________________
dtf
1994 E320 Wagon (Died @ 308,669 miles)
1995 E300 Diesel (203,000)
1999 E300 Turbodiesel ( died @ 255,000)
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 AC 4X4 (115,000 miles)
2011 Audi A4 Avant (165,000 miles) Seized engine - donated to Salvation Army
BMW 330 xi 6 speed manual (124,034 miles)
2014 E350 4Matic Wagon 48,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-02-2004, 08:38 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Seattle
Posts: 596
DTF, Do you run those in the winter too?
__________________
David
1986 300E Anthracite + ECodes + MB Mileage Award
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-02-2004, 08:51 PM
dtf dtf is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: South East CT
Posts: 824
No. I don't use the Potenza's with snow on the roads but I do keep them on until it snows then I put on my new Hakkapeliitta 2's. The tire swapping takes only about 25 minutes. I look ahead to the weather reports and temps. I got burned in SE CT two years ago when it barely reached freezing even in January and the warm roads chewed up my new snow tires. It was a waste of money. I tried using the same snows last year but too much tread was gone and I struggled in the snow with the wagon. I bought a new set of rims for the summer tires and put the snows on the beat up original rims.
__________________
dtf
1994 E320 Wagon (Died @ 308,669 miles)
1995 E300 Diesel (203,000)
1999 E300 Turbodiesel ( died @ 255,000)
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 AC 4X4 (115,000 miles)
2011 Audi A4 Avant (165,000 miles) Seized engine - donated to Salvation Army
BMW 330 xi 6 speed manual (124,034 miles)
2014 E350 4Matic Wagon 48,000 miles
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-02-2004, 11:03 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Vancouver Island, BC
Posts: 61
I had an 89 300TE for a number of years, looking at my records from 94-97 for 50,397 miles I got 17.81 usa miles per usa gallon (mostly city driving). 2002 I got about 19 mpg (mostly highway driving). However I always felt the number this engine produced was low as compared to epa number of 17-21, was very rare to see numbers over or near 20.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-03-2004, 01:06 PM
JasonUberMB's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally posted by 68882
I had an 89 300TE for a number of years, looking at my records from 94-97 for 50,397 miles I got 17.81 usa miles per usa gallon (mostly city driving). 2002 I got about 19 mpg (mostly highway driving). However I always felt the number this engine produced was low as compared to epa number of 17-21, was very rare to see numbers over or near 20.
EPA 17/21 sounds like the mileage rating for the 4matic...16/22 is what I heard.
My 300TE 2wd does 26+ on the highway, cruising between 60-85 mph.
In city has been as poor as 14mpg (poor quality gasoline with cleaning agents) but usually closer to 17/18.
__________________
Jason
1990 300TE
210k miles
Engine: 103.983
Chassis: 124.090
17/27 mpg
:
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page