Shocking shock - R230

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Well, just as I thought I'd got my car perfect, I notice a leak in the front shock. :cry:

Mercedes want just under £1000 for the part alone so I've been looking to see if there is anywhere I could buy a cheaper one. I came across a thread on another forum suggesting that a company called Potomac in the US sell one for a fraction of the cost, does anyone know of a UK or European company where I could get a non-merc part or maybe even get mine rebuilt?


This is the link I found.
http://www.mbworld.org/forums/sl-class-r230/278007-ebay-independent-shop-savings.html
 

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I have done loads of checking, and that one in the link is for a special AMG version and cannot be used on a normal 230 due to the coding,, I also need another one, that makes 3 for my car
 
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Oh dear, looks like there will be a queue for anything coming up on eBay :( ( found one in the US for $550 but they won't ship to the UK for some reason :(

Does anyone know what the correct part number is for a front nearside shock? It would be useful to have the right number when trying to find one.

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If you can supply a full chassis number i can supply you with the part number
 

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I have some details to hand for the 230475 up to 05 ish

They are handed the original front left was A230 320 00 13 now replaced with A230 320 87 13 this is current.

The right AA230 320 28 13 now replaced with A320 320 88 13

Both are foe cars with code 487
 

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i would assume malcolm is well up to date with this problem :D.

so malcolm, you are not aware of any companies that can refurb or exchange/refurb these parts? sounds like an opening for some company here..
 

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i would assume malcolm is well up to date with this problem :D.

so malcolm, you are not aware of any companies that can refurb or exchange/refurb these parts? sounds like an opening for some company here..

Are you a mind reader ??? :D:D I was going to include that in my last post. When I change mine, I will open it up as it does not leak,, it is the sensor inside that is playing up
 

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Sachs can supply the adaptive strutts for the Bentleys at a saving, although supply can be patchy to say the least. Could be an avenue to explore.
There is also a company around here that do motorcycle shocks/forks for racing - I'll try to call in sometime soon & see if they have any ideas/interest if you want.
 

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As I put up elsewhere,, in the EPC all of the parts for the struts are listed separately,to the springs down to the shocks, they all have part numbers, and there is even tool made so that you can dismantle the whole thing, but they are not sold, so rather than buy the new shock only you have to spend £1k on the complete thing. there are some differences shown by the codes, the AMG cars have the sport versions, but the 600 shares the 500 struts
 

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As I put up elsewhere,, in the EPC all of the parts for the struts are listed separately,to the springs down to the shocks, they all have part numbers, and there is even tool made so that you can dismantle the whole thing, but they are not sold, so rather than buy the new shock only you have to spend £1k on the complete thing. there are some differences shown by the codes, the AMG cars have the sport versions, but the 600 shares the 500 struts

As you've proven with the electronic side of things, nothing is insurmountable nor always dependant on Mercedes.
 
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Thanks to everyone for their replies, people are so helpful on this BBS, it really helps to take some of the sting out of Merc ownership
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I'll explore all those options, I might be able to help with a small eBay tip; sometimes you can find them in Germany when they aren't in the .co.uk listing. Go to ebay.de and search for R230 (or whichever) Stoßdämpfer (meaning shockabsorber). I found this one for 449 Euros but for the right
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http://cgi.ebay.de/Mercedes-Stossda...temQQptZAutoteile_Zubehör?hash=item3a53f0726a
 
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I have some details to hand for the 230475 up to 05 ish

They are handed the original front left was A230 320 00 13 now replaced with A230 320 87 13 this is current.

The right AA230 320 28 13 now replaced with A320 320 88 13

Both are foe cars with code 487

Mine is a 230475 (04) so great - thanks for that. I found my central locking pump for £200 (brand new) by searching for the part number, so that's also got to be worth a try.
 

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I can feed your complete VIN into my system and see what your car came with to be exact
 

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OK I have it but cant do it till later in the day.

Is your strut leaking badly, or just moist
 
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Is your strut leaking badly, or just moist


Looks pretty bad - when we removed the gator to inspect it, oil actually dripped onto the ground :(

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Looks pretty bad - when we removed the gator to inspect it, oil actually dripped onto the ground :(

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The actual wording in WIS is they can be moist, but not drip.
I drove my car for 15k miles with one that dripped with no further problems MB when doing the MOT will not pass those that drip,but other stations will
 
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The actual wording in WIS is they can be moist, but not drip.
I drove my car for 15k miles with one that dripped with no further problems MB when doing the MOT will not pass those that drip,but other stations will

Mmm, that's very interesting, mine only dripped when I took the gator off and then only one spot. The car drives fine (no bounce) and the button that raises the car 50mm works fine. I wonder if I should just clean the bottom end up before the MOT and wait until something doesn't work :???:
 

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Mmm, that's very interesting, mine only dripped when I took the gator off and then only one spot. The car drives fine (no bounce) and the button that raises the car 50mm works fine. I wonder if I should just clean the bottom end up before the MOT and wait until something doesn't work :???:

Yes that is what I would do,,I have one gator that looks moist but has never dripped so far.

I used to keep an old spray gun years ago where I could spray mud over anything that I had cleaned off.

Clean the outside of the gator now and by the time the MOT comes round it will be dirty.

On the drip point it is when the fluid hangs on the bottom joint where the strut is fixed to the wishbone, and I have no oil on that,only on the bottom of the gator
 

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