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#313 of 2088 ADVICE SOUGHT: 1994 S-series Benz
Feb 20, 2001 (9:41 pm)
I am interested in anyone who has owned or currently owns the previous s-500 series Benz, particularly a 1994.
Nearing 90,000 miles, I am interested in what problems you have encountered and that I should watch for.
Any advice on preventative maintanance?
Would you share, also, your personal reflections on the car.... pros and cons.
How long would you advise I keep the car?
Has anyone added an extended warrenty?
Which company do you recommend?
Anything else ??
Admiring Benz owner !
#314 of 2088 Ventilated Seats and ABC Suspension
Feb 22, 2001 (11:26 am)
The ABC suspension does not use the air-suspension components. The components are more like a standard suspension. Where the ABC suspension is really noticeable is in fast tight turns, it keeps the body more level.
Regarding the venitated seats, I experience the same in my CL500. I believe the way the seats are designed to work is that the air is actually pulled "into" the seat, and exhausted out the back vent, so you really won't feel a "whoosh" of air.
Feb 22, 2001 (2:58 pm)
That's a great idea...plull the sweat through the seat fibers and stink up the joint. Oh well, who am I to question MBZ engineers.
I didn't get the option on my S500 but I hear from others that it does the job well. Let's follow up in a couple of years to see if these cars stink noticeably more.
#316 of 2088 Ventilated Seats
Feb 22, 2001 (4:47 pm)
After having my new S600 for a few days, the ventilated seats, I can hardly detect that it pulls air down. I don't think it is a very strong current at all. Therefore, I do not think it will smell, but time will tell.
I also wanted to know, has anyone driven in either a CL600 or CL55 AMG. I am considering either, but the dealer has not had one to test drive. I am looking for the performance as well as the luxury aspect. I have a CLK55 on order, so the high end performance is taken care of. If I could just get opinions between the two Cl's, either if you have driven one, or just are giving an opinion. It would be appreciated.
Feb 23, 2001 (1:11 pm)
I was under the impression that in the S Classes, the ABC is used in conjunction with the already great airmatic suspension, rather than with conventoinal springs and coils like in the CL. Because I read a review about the S55 which said that the "MB enineers didn't see it necessary to change the already excellent airmatic suspension...". The S 55 also has ABC as standard, so that is why I thought they are used together. Is this true? If not, is ride "creaminess" traded of for a more sporty feel of road connection but a more harsh ride?
Also, does the S600's 17 inch tire package seem more adequate to the power thatn did the 16 inchers in the 500. Or is it necessary to order the 18 inch wheel/tires to really corner with no tire squealing? I personally like the chrome AMG 220 from the tire rack, without the sport package.
By the way, I am asking just out of curiosity, as it would be too hard for me to justify the premium over a s500 or even a S55 for a 600, despite the amasing power, the extra leather and that S600 badge on the trunk (amazing how a single number can add "value" to the car. I saw a grey one in the parking lot. It was easily recognizable from the badge (duh) and the wheels which are absolutely gorgeous. All of a sudden, it did not seem to me like the sedan a bluehaired grandmother would drive to the grocery store)
Feb 25, 2001 (11:15 am)
Is a New C class with the 349hp AMG engine in the works?
Would this be the fastest Benz then? Of course, not counting the SLR...
#320 of 2088 Hi Paul
Feb 25, 2001 (12:24 pm)
The new AMG tweaked C-class is the C32 AMG with a supercharged 3.2L V6 producing over 350hp, I believe. Not sure how fast it is though.
The C55 AMG was a very limited production run, and was only available in Germany. FYI, they also got a SL73 AMG. That's right, a massive 7.3L V12 engine!
BTW, how's the S? Haven't seen you posting much in here.
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Feb 25, 2001 (3:25 pm)
Haven't had much chance driving the S lately. The weather's been bad and the ML's the better choice. So far, the S500 had live up to it's tradition. It's a pleasure starting that sweet engine.
I am planning to drive either down to Florida or out west to SF later this year. The wife thinks I am crazy though.
#322 of 2088 from WSJ today
Feb 26, 2001 (5:32 am)
In 2000, MBUSA sold 37,900 S class in the states. That's 1 per 7,400 people.