Do not tolerate anything less than perfect bodywork, as the cost of restoration is uneconomic at this time. The R129 replaced the in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the in 2002 for the 2003 model year. These could significantly affect the long term value of the car. This edition has special Silver Arrow ultra-metallic paint; fully-lined black soft top; brushed aluminum instrument cluster; black bird's eye maple wood trim; and aluminum trim on the wind deflector, shift gate, pedals, grille and trunk lid. They effortlessly embody what you would imagine and expect of a sport exhaust. In autumn 1993 Mercedes-Benz rearranged names and models.
Good news it that it's easy to swap these out. Thanks for taking the time to check this out! The roofs for all R129s are not entirely interchangeable. Rear suspension Independent 5-arm multilink with separate single-tube gas-pressurised shock absorbers and coil springs, geometry for anti-lift, anti-squat and alignment control, stabiliser bar. The intake manifold will need to be removed to get to the valve cover gaskets to remove the front cylinder head cover. There's a plastic bezel around the entire lamp that looks stupid and the actual quality of the lights are horrible. Produced between 1996 and 1997 in 150 units.
If in doubt, walk away. There was a choice of 5-speed manual or 4—5 speed automatic for the six-cylinder cars; the V8 and V12 could only be ordered with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. First off let me say that all comments are from a mechanics point of view. To risk damage to the roof, we highly recommend that you buy a to ensure a safe storage. Does the car have a panoramic roof? The panoramic roof has a more round and much smoother shape to it.
Wow, look at all those cracked wires. Two-tone interior leather on steering wheel and seats, special wheels, etc. Does the car have a wiring harness issue? Prices With a model spanning 12 years, the earliest of which is now over 20 years old, the R129 can be seriously cheap. Updated intake gasket spacers will be needed along with the rubber air or crankcase vent hose and all vacuum hoses. All R129s came standard with an aluminum that was fitted by folding the canvas roof down and manually attaching the hardtop. Only the 280 was available with a manual gearbox. The links direct you to online forums with information.
You can tell if the soft top is original by examining it; when you look close, you should see a checkered pattern. The number of standard features was high, with electric action for the windows, mirrors, seats and hydraulic convertible top. It was such a successful styling job, that the R129 remained in production for more than a decade, and still looked fresh at the end of its life. Just some random thoughts, - Bud Translations of this guide This guide has turned out to be popular! From wire harness problems to oil leaks it was just a bad design. New five-link rear suspension fine-tuned handling, and the front double-wishbone layout was revised. The accelerator is easily swappable also.
Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, , p. Check carefully for this and also look for rust at the bottom rear sides of the hard top. Brakes 2-circuit hydraulic power-assisted 4-wheel disc. Mercedes enthusiast, , Pages 66-70. I was made aware of this by BenzWorld. The easiest way to tell which facelift is from the design of the rear lights.
The engines were all-aluminium units: a 3. Pop the trunk and you should see a compartment held by 3 straps. And the cost for all this back in the 90s? These are located in the doors and they are either jammed or the clips have snapped off. Delivered without German Tüv-Certificate, only for export! The soft top and rollover bar by Bud Cloninger When you look at the car you should always work the soft top and rollover bar several times and check for hydraulic leaks at the front A pillars by the visors and at the pistons that lift the top and soft top boot. These above are the main common problems with the R129 but other faults may come with old age or poor servicing throughout its life. The emergency brake and brake are both essentially covers you can slip off to replace.
The Star, Volume 38, Number 1, Pages 34-37. If the car is left outside during the winter months and getting damp inside, the electrics will start to corrode. YouTube Videos Frequently asked questions These are links which have answers to frequently asked questions. Separate shock absorbers and coil springs. If you have any feedback, please. This sound version is cool, casual, discreet, yet decisive.
Add in V12 complexity and running costs and it is clear why there are so few about. These are not cheap to replace and can break for all sorts of reasons. Not for much longer though! Since this is the ultimate sound for all hard-minded sound fans, you should really be certain about whether you really want the sound or not. After a while if left unattended it will soak the right side of the engine ruining the alternator and any coolant or air hoses in the vicinity. Oh and did I mention that you have to disconnect the engine wire harness from al the sensors and injectors? In my experience the tops that are not exercised occasionally have a better chance of leaking. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2001, , p. Does the car have a wind protection screen? Originality rules where Sls are concerned and this will strengthen as they become more popular classic propositions.
A 389 hp 290 kW 6. Both are stuffed full of electronics which can be extremely expensive to rectify. Rear suspension Independent 5-arm multilink with geometry for anti-lift, anti-squat and alignment control and stabiliser bar. Right now the 928 represents outstanding value and there are some incredibly cheap ones out there although repairs may outweigh their real world value. Books Magazine articles Hermann Ries 2009, Fall.