Mostly because of the cost of the replacement shocks. They are far more
expensive than they need to be I figure. Of course I'm open to reasonably
priced shocks if available somewhere. I'm in Toronto so if you can advise
me where I can find reasonably priced shocks I'd appreciate it. My car
sounds like its going down a washboard road most of the time and its very
to a standard suspension with shocks instead of the existing automatic
What's wrong with the shocks? They're pretty sturdy, and don't
usually leak much. If the damping sucks and the ride is bad, the air
cells get replaced, not the shocks. I see many people foolishly
replace shocks on Jags, Rolls, BMW and MB's when all they need is a
very inexpensive nitrogen ball.
If the damping sucks and the ride is bad, the air
cells get replaced, not the shocks
Good advice...the shocks on the air models are probably not the problem
I think you are referring to the hydropneumatic suspension made by french
manufacturer Citroen. This suspension system was available with some upper
class Mercedes cars, and it does not have separate shocks. All you exchange
are the suspension bowls. One bowl is about 70$, exchange of all bowls is
about one hour labor. These are the figures quoted by Citroen (don't know
how much Mercedes charges you).
I currently own such a Citroen, and while you can argue about the overall
quality of this brand, the suspension system is really outstanding.
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Suggest YOU learn about this rear suspension and crawl under the car to
see it first hand. It's not all that complicated and if YOU understand
how it works its repair costs are not bad. BUT if YOU allow some shop to
sell you a "replace everything" repair it will be painfully expensive.
Engine driven hydraulic pump provides the push. Special, expensive,
hydraulic fluid transmits power to the rear axle. Leveling valve adjusts
the car's rear height. Nitrogen spheres (break and need replacement) are
the "helper springs". In principle those are its components, a similar
suspension is also used by the TD/TE station wagons.
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