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Old 11-08-2012, 02:57 AM   #12021
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the S350 turbo diesel i bought for my dad will be put on the delivery truck friday. i hope it survives our ownership without another top half engine rebuild
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Isn't that the point though? to make integration seamless with the vehicle?

To say the flares aren't functional? on a race car? talking about cars that cost upwards of 400k from factory i don't really think they'd do something nonfunctional, considering all the frivolous rules and sanctions regarding everything under the sun.
Porsche could make their fender flares seamless on the GT3 RSR, but instead they decided to put a nice sharp crease to define the fender flare, even though that probably hurts aerodynamics more than helps.

There are plenty of non-functional things on the GT3 RSR, because after all, one of the biggest parts of motorsports is looking good for the customers and the sponsors.
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one owner, garage kept, extremely clean, 138k miles

hes owned '81, 91, '95 s class diesels before. this one is '94
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hes owned '81, 91, '95 s class diesels before. this one is '94
Very nice. What made you choose this example?
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Very nice. What made you choose this example?
thats the actual car. the price/mileage/condition cant be beaten. those diesels really start getting nasty over the years and nearly no one takes care of them. the car he has now probably has seen 2 washes in its lifetime and it really shows. its getting close to 310,000 miles now too. we travel 60 miles one way to work every day and he wants another s class thats built like a tank should we happen to crash
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I wonder how the 500E compares to the E36 AMG.
Good question...

I think the W124's with the 3.6 liter AMG engine were super rare, beyond even the 500E, so rarity would be one thing you get. Less power, less torque. Weight was probably not too far off since I think the inline-6 block was still iron, while the V8 was aluminum, but the 500E was still probably heavier.

Probably just a slightly stiffer, lighter, not quite as powerful version of the 500E.

They are quite pretty cars, even in rare coupe variant:

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thats the actual car. the price/mileage/condition cant be beaten. those diesels really start getting nasty over the years and nearly no one takes care of them. the car he has now probably has seen 2 washes in its lifetime and it really shows. its getting close to 310,000 miles now too. we travel 60 miles one way to work every day and he wants another s class thats built like a tank should we happen to crash
I was going to say I've heard mixed reviews regarding the W140 diesels (with issues rivaling that of the V12) but that's probably because of what you said-these cars can take a beating so people just drive them to the ground, particularly once they get to the 2nd or 3rd owners who somehow think the running costs depreciate with the car's value. I am (very passively) looking for one, but I like the facelifted 500-long wheelbase, bigger of the two V8s, less complicated single IHKA unit, and none of the potential A/C/electrical gremlins that plague the earlier models. Although I do miss out on the pop-up rear parking poles and electric rearview mirror the earlier cars had.
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I would like to own another W124, but not before a W140. And I would not let anyone drive or touch that one. Lesson learned.
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