W140 Reversing assistance

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W140 Reversing assistance

Post by arkenstone » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 3:58 pm

Was just watching a W140 400SEL reverse park outside of work here on Little Collins street.

I was quite impressed (and amused!) to see small rods extend from the rear corners of the car when reverse gear was engaged.

Fantastic! What innovation.

If only they still built the S class in such a ridiculous size - I'd find the current models much more appealing :)
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Re: W140 Reversing assistance

Post by OzBenzHead » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 5:27 pm

arkenstone wrote: If only they still built the S class in such a ridiculous size - I'd find the current models much more appealing :)
Hee hee - my feelings, too!

They (who have small ones) say that size doesn't count, but those of us with big ones know that it does! :lol:
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Currently owned:
1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Post by Michel » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 6:40 pm

I wonder whether the 140 was larger (longer) than the 126?
Michel (in Sydney)

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Post by OzBenzHead » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 6:54 pm

Michel wrote:I wonder whether the 140 was larger (longer) than the 126?
Here are the basic dimensions of the standard-wheelbase versions of W126 and W140:

W126
Wheelbase 2935 mm
Length 4995 mm
Width 1820 mm
Height 1430 mm

W140
Wheelbase 3040 mm
Length 5113 mm
Width 1886 mm
Height 1486 mm.
OzBenzHead
Currently owned:
1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Post by Michel » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 6:56 pm

sheeeeeeesh....
and i think my 560SEL is loong... and wide :oops:
Michel (in Sydney)

W116: 1978 450SEL 6.9 - 690SEL # 3312
R107: 1985 500SL AMG - LHD
C208: 2000 CLK430 Coupe
W163: 2003 ML320

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Post by Des » Thu 22 Feb, 2007 7:46 pm

bah!

Real S Class owners don't need parking assistance, they simply park like an ar$ehole and are proud of it


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Post by Michel » Fri 23 Feb, 2007 7:17 am

so true Des...
Although I don't park sideways, when I go in one of the Benzes to the shoping centre, I find the furthest away spot agains the wall and agains the shopping trolley return and then I'll straddle two spots -- in case some dopey decided to park next to me, although there are 300 other spots free at that time.. (it happened before)... :P
Michel (in Sydney)

W116: 1978 450SEL 6.9 - 690SEL # 3312
R107: 1985 500SL AMG - LHD
C208: 2000 CLK430 Coupe
W163: 2003 ML320

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Post by OzBenzHead » Fri 23 Feb, 2007 8:52 am

Typical scene in shopping mall carpark (stereotypes here we come!):

Grossly overweight female with three-inch-long arms, sardined in behind steering wheel and driving small Korean POS with power steering, takes seven swings at the middle space of three adjacent empty spaces - and still manages to straddle two of them at a crazy angle.

Perhaps she's attuned to Des's and Michel's "safe parking" philosophy and isn't just incompetent after all! :lol:
OzBenzHead
Currently owned:
1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Post by W123 » Fri 23 Feb, 2007 8:56 am

Des wrote:bah!
The real reason for parking like this is so that no one can ding your car
I think that if the carpark suddenly becomes busy, someone with a very old n1ssan and P-plates will try to park on the right space - in a hurry, it's the last spot! :)

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