Looking at buying an r230 sl500

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Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by MMWA » Thu 08 Oct, 2015 11:41 pm

Is there anything i should be looking out for on this particular model?

Any common issues etc ?

Will be looking to purchase in the new year, happy to purchase interstate too. Would it be absolutely nuts to drive one of these back to WA ?
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by Tony From West Oz » Fri 09 Oct, 2015 1:09 am

With a co-driver, you should be fine. A friend of mine and his new wife have just returned from picking up another (yes, they has 2 already) Lotus from ES on their honeymoon.

Would you like a volunteer to co-drive with you?

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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by scorchi0 » Fri 09 Oct, 2015 12:12 pm

MercMad West Australian wrote:Is there anything i should be looking out for on this particular model?

Any common issues etc ?

Will be looking to purchase in the new year, happy to purchase interstate too. Would it be absolutely nuts to drive one of these back to WA ?
Ensure the Sensotronic Brakes (SBC) work correctly. The pump makes quite a bit of noise which is normal and there was a recall on them many years ago. Ensure that's all up to date.

They run active hydraulic suspension. Ensure the car stays pumped up and there are no leaks from the struts.

Ensure the hydraulic powered hard-top retracts and parks correctly at both ends.

Not sure if these had pixel problems in the instrument clusters like W210s, but keep an eye out.

Just generally make sure everything works! Power seats, COMAND, Active cruise control etc.
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by MMWA » Thu 22 Oct, 2015 10:00 am

Cheers for the tips.

oh no, not hydro suspension, i hate hydroleakmatic suspension. I assumed it was airmatic like the S classes which any idiot can fix himself. This might be a deal breaker.
Do these by any chance suffer the same rust issues as the w220 etc of the era ?

The ball is rolling sooner than expected, this may be happening within the next few weeks, assuming I can find one I like. I want black one and they all seem to be silver - silver does not excite me.
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by MMWA » Thu 22 Oct, 2015 11:15 am

SL350 might be the answer - I understand hydro suspension was optional, not standard on these.

I absolutely do NOT want ABC under any circumstances.

Can anyone confirm this to be the case on Australian version cars ?
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by T-Modell » Thu 22 Oct, 2015 5:16 pm

MercMad West Australian wrote:...
I absolutely do NOT want ABC under any circumstances.
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Hi,
Why? You have so much electronics in a R230, that it really doesn't matter if you have one box more. Just my opinion ...

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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by MMWA » Thu 22 Oct, 2015 7:26 pm

T-Modell wrote:
MercMad West Australian wrote:...
I absolutely do NOT want ABC under any circumstances.
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Hi,
Why? You have so much electronics in a R230, that it really doesn't matter if you have one box more. Just my opinion ...

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The day Mercedes can build a single item with oil flowing through it that doesn't eventually leak, let alone pressurised oil, I may consider it. It is nothing but a liability on a car of this age. No problems if new, but they're pushing 10 years of age now and nothing at all is cheap in that system.

Absolutely not interested thanks, airmatic or springs and shocks for me only - case closed ;)
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by scorchi0 » Fri 23 Oct, 2015 12:08 pm

MercMad West Australian wrote:Absolutely not interested thanks, airmatic or springs and shocks for me only - case closed ;)
The airmatic is just as prone to leaks, perhaps even more so. Struts fail, valve blocks fail and they both can cause pump failure (due to it working overtime to compensate for the leaks). It's all $$$$
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Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 23 Oct, 2015 1:21 pm

The air-matics can be repaired by some one with a bit of mechanical aptitude. There are kits available. Even You Tube instructions are available.
Failing that, rebuilds are available from the U.S. at a reasonable cost. The rebuilds are allegedly better than new - last longer.
Brand new original air struts are available from the states at half the cost of Aus ones - including the airfreight.
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Re: Looking at buying an r230 sl500

Post by scorchi0 » Fri 23 Oct, 2015 2:02 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:The air-matics can be repaired by some one with a bit of mechanical aptitude. There are kits available. Even You Tube instructions are available.
Failing that, rebuilds are available from the U.S. at a reasonable cost. The rebuilds are allegedly better than new - last longer.
Brand new original air struts are available from the states at half the cost of Aus ones - including the airfreight.
That's true Les, and I guess the ABC components are even higher priced.

Point is though that the OP wants a car with Airmatic to avoid reliability issues, but Airmatic certainly has its own set of issues.

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