Front Shocks - opinions?

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Christo C
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Front Shocks - opinions?

Post by Christo C » Sun 04 Mar, 2018 10:24 am

While replacing FRONT SHOCK ABSORBER BOOT COVERS & BUFFERS [124 323 01 92 & 124 323 07 44] I noticed that the FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS fitted to my pride and joy may be incorrect...
A "mercedes expert" serviced the car just before I received it and fitted new shocks all round (but not front boots & buffers which was a bit slack);
the FRONT ones are labelled
SACHS 115 071 [merc p/n 124 320 31 30, 201 320 31 30]
however I found the correct shocks for W124 230E are supposed to be
SACHS 115 069 [merc p/n 124 320 30 30]

Now the fitted shocks appear to fit perfectly, but I found they are really for W201 models and possibly some other W124 models ... and, on the face of it, slightly more expensive! (no complains there).
The correct shocks have been fitted in rear [SACHS 106 878 or 124 326 28 00], and the car looks level and appears to ride well for the 45,000kms I have been driving it.

Does anyone know what the difference between the two Shock Absorber models may be?

Or is the difference too subtle to be concerned?
~Christo
1986 230E W124.023 M102.982 ~290,000km Thistle Green Saloon "Janis"

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Re: Front Shocks - opinions?

Post by brette013 » Fri 30 Mar, 2018 4:49 pm

You can't really tell the difference just by looking at the front struts themselves, best to look up the part and specifically find which models they suit.

From a rough search online this is what I found;
- Sachs 115 071 states its for 190E models (W201's),
- Sachs 115 069 fits both 190E (4 & 6 cyl) and W124's (4 & 6 cyl)

I'm assuming then the former is designed with the lighter body in mind, with the latter being more tuned for something heavier like W124's or 190E's with heavy loads.

You could also fit new dust boots and bumps stops yourself, save maybe an hour or two of labour costs. You need to articulate the strut out of the way by removing its lower bolts and top nut (with the control arm compressed upwards first with a floor jack), that way you can remove the strut top mount which the dust boot is supposed to sit on. With the shock moved out of way you can slide the bump stop over, then bolt back in strut top mount with new boot connected on it and rebolt the lower half of the strut.
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Re: Front Shocks - opinions?

Post by Christo C » Fri 30 Mar, 2018 5:42 pm

Thanks brette013..As I already mentioned, I did replace the Boots & Bump Stops; that’s how I discovered the apparent discrepancy.
~Christo
1986 230E W124.023 M102.982 ~290,000km Thistle Green Saloon "Janis"

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Re: Front Shocks - opinions?

Post by benzy53 » Sat 31 Mar, 2018 5:31 pm

Hi Christo
You are right the first ones are only for W201. The correct ones are SACHS 115 069
as long as you don't have the sportline option and your car and was build between 1984/12-1992/03 2298 ccm, 97 KW, 132 PS
and 1985/01-1993/06 2298 ccm, 100 KW, 136 PS
This is an information from a website from a German supplier and OZ cars may vary.
Regards benzy53

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Re: Front Shocks - opinions?

Post by John Green » Sat 31 Mar, 2018 10:00 pm

Christo C wrote:
Sun 04 Mar, 2018 10:24 am
While replacing FRONT SHOCK ABSORBER BOOT COVERS & BUFFERS [124 323 01 92 & 124 323 07 44] I noticed that the FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS fitted to my pride and joy may be incorrect...
A "mercedes expert" serviced the car just before I received it and fitted new shocks all round (but not front boots & buffers which was a bit slack);
the FRONT ones are labelled
SACHS 115 071 [merc p/n 124 320 31 30, 201 320 31 30]
however I found the correct shocks for W124 230E are supposed to be
SACHS 115 069 [merc p/n 124 320 30 30]

Now the fitted shocks appear to fit perfectly, but I found they are really for W201 models and possibly some other W124 models ... and, on the face of it, slightly more expensive! (no complains there).
The correct shocks have been fitted in rear [SACHS 106 878 or 124 326 28 00], and the car looks level and appears to ride well for the 45,000kms I have been driving it.
For reasons only the MB parts department will know they came up with a differant number for the bare strut, the bump stop and the boot. Unlike say a W123 front shock which is sold as an assembly with the bump stop pre installed. Its quite common for us to here from people who have brought W124 struts online, found out they are W201 struts and they don't have all the parts they need to finish the job.
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