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#36 of 75 Re: Racing... [andys120]
Dec 18, 2010 (10:01 am)
The reasons I'd rather buy a used BMW or Audi for the same money as a brand new Honda or Toyota have more to do with impressing myself than someone else.
Me too. My interest in BMWs was sparked back in 1969 by David E. Davis Jr.'s classic article "Turn Your Hymnals to 2002". I was in 7th Grade at the time and I finally bought my first BMW(a 1973 Bavaria) in 1983. I appreciate the fact that BMW has a storied racing history as well as a reputation for building driver-focused cars. Yes, Munich takes its eye off the ball every couple of decades or so, but they always manage to get back on track.
#37 of 75 Brand legacy/loyalty
Dec 18, 2010 (12:01 pm)
I'll typically look first at that brand for which I have purchased a vehicle in the past. However, if the model I'm checking out to buy doesn't turn out to be consistent with past experiences, I'll look elsewhere.
#38 of 75 You get what you paid for
Dec 18, 2010 (11:24 pm)
I test drove almost every model in the market; but every purchase ended up with a luxury car. I think the better performance, more features, nicer styling, better warranty and dealer experience justifies for a higher price tag.
#39 of 75 My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed
Dec 20, 2010 (1:32 pm)
My air suspension failed on my car yesterday. I have a 02 Mercedes Benz S600. I called the dealer but the price they quoted me was like 6 grand. I was not about to spend that. So im on here looking for other options. anybody got any alternative ideas
#40 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [glenaires]
Dec 20, 2010 (2:13 pm)
Find a good independent mechanic, but it'll probably still set you back 3-4K. Driving an earlier W220 is a risky undertaking. I looked at a car on that platform when it was a few years old, and the complexity scared me away from it.
#41 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [fintail]
Dec 21, 2010 (8:43 am)
I shy away from air suspensions in general. They didn't work back in the 1950s and I wouldn't trust them now. I recall two girls that owned a 1980s Lincoln Mark VII with a failed air suspension and the car was sitting on its axles like a low rider. They obviously didn't have the money to fix it. I wonder if they can convert that Mercedes S600 to regular coil springs? It would be a lot less troublesome and that's what happened to a lot of the cars with failed air suspensions back in the day.
#42 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [lemko]
Dec 21, 2010 (9:38 am)
I'm scared of air suspension too, although from what I have been told the models after 2003 or so are less problematic. Some newer models have actually gone back to partial conventional suspension.
I haven't read of any conversions, but I am sure it is possible given time and money.
#43 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [lemko]
Dec 21, 2010 (12:53 pm)
Went to the shop for an oil change today, and what was sitting outside but a 2000-2002 S500, sport package, nice color...with failed front suspension. Butt was somewhat up in the air and the nose was low. Not a flattering pose.
#44 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [glenaires]
Dec 22, 2010 (7:30 am)
I have a 2000 Mercedes Benz and mine air suspension went out in mine. First thing i did was get rid of the air. I couldnt stand it . Caused more problems you will know what to do with. Replacing air bags was getting old. I went to Strutmasters.com and got a conversion kit cost be around 1 thousand but its better than 6 thousand. I just couldnt beat the lifetime warranty. So relieved not to worry about them air bags again!!
#45 of 75 Re: My 2002 Mercedes Benz S600 air suspension failed [fintail]
Dec 22, 2010 (7:34 am)
I have a 2000 Mercedes Benz S600 and mine went out about a month ago. I went to Strutmasters.com , they had a conversion kit to convert my vehicle. I bought that! Highly recommended came with my lifetime warranty too. The system is great now. You should check them out. The ride is just as great as before the air went out.