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Air suspension failure on my Mercedes S-class

I have decided to replace all four struts instead of the front two alone and estimate looks to be 2.5L per strut plus few other suspension bits due to wear and tear. I think overall I am looking at a bill of 12L.

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The car will turn 10 years in less than two weeks. I suppose it would create a massive glitch in the space time continuum and lead to disastrous consequences if an S-Class completed a decade of ownership without anything ever going wrong. The world is not ready for another catastrophe I guess, so the air suspension on the S-Class gave up while we were on our way to Coimbatore.

I have decided to replace all four struts instead of the front two alone and estimate looks to be 2.5L per strut plus few other suspension bits due to wear and tear. I think overall I am looking at a bill of 12L.

I have approached Mercedes-Benz for a goodwill discount, let me see how that goes.

Sign of things to come?

Here's what BHPian DicKy had to say on the matter:

Considering the age of the car and the usage it went through, would say the air suspension did its job.  Most S classes don't see roads outside urban limits.

Though the bill amount makes sense of why many S classes get abandoned after a decade of usage. But it also means you will get another 9-10 years of service if the air suspension work is done.

Here's what BHPian d3mon had to say on the matter:

Usually you get slow leaks from the struts, where the strut can refuse to hold the car up when left unattended for some period of time. If 2 struts suddenly fall flat, wouldn't that point to possibly something going wrong with the shared components, like the air suspension controller / air lines / compressor or reservoir? Did the Merc guys confirm that both struts failed simultaneously?

Here's what BHPian iliketurtles had to say on the matter:

Damn, that sucks. Keep your chin up, even if the car can't (please don't slap me).

A question: Did you consider Bilstein B4's air suspension kit for the S350? Would surely cost a lot less than anything Mercedes quotes, with or without goodwill discounts.

Hope she's up and running soon. Time to start thinking of a replacement, maybe?

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