FAQs—Mercedes Benz 300SE
As a first time car owner, I'm somewhat clueless when it comes to car care and maintenance. I wonder how frequent I should have the brake fluid changed and where to have it done. Also, is it really necessary? I'm afraid car maintenance of some sort would leave a dent on my savings. Any help on this?
Firstly, a Mercedes Benz is a luxury car, so you would have to expect the expenses that come along its maintenance. Mercedes Benz advises to replace the brake fluid every two years or once you reach the 20,000-mile-mark. You may check your car manual for the specific recommendation of your dealer when it comes to its routine check and maintenance. The best place to take your car for brake fluid replacement is none other than your trusted dealer as their service technicians know your Benz well. You should understand that the brake fluid is encased in a sealed system, thereby making it prone to moisture absorption, which through time could result in corrosion. If you don't have it replaced, then you risk braking effectiveness especially during hard stops.
My pal is insisting I should have my power-steering fluid changed. But upon checking my car owner's manual, I didn't see its replacement listed therein. So I'm wondering, is it really necessary to do it?
In general, the replacement of the power-steering fluid is not included in the regular maintenance schedule of most vehicles. Said action is generally done at the discretion of the vehicle owner. You should likewise be careful though as you take your car to the service center because a dark power-steering fluid does not necessarily mean it's already bad. Before you get hooked into the service technician's sales pitch, you better check the power-steering fluid level in the reservoir and ensure that there are no leaks.
I've been noticing a musty smell inside my Mercedes Benz 300SE. Also, the windows keep fogging up even during short drives. Could this be caused by the air conditioning system? What should I do?
Musty smell and windows fogging up despite the short distance travelled are indicators that you need to have the air filters of your HVAC system changed. Cabin filters are generally up for replacement every two years, depending on the kind of environment you normally travel to and fro. Saturated dirt, dust, and moisture lead to that annoying musty smell, which could even get trapped inside your Benz and linger for a couple of weeks. Changing the cabin filters would definitely solve your problem.
What would happen if I skip having my brake pads checked and replaced?
One of the common mistakes of most car owners is skipping the checking and replacing of their brake pads. They usually think that as long as the brake pads don't seem to look thin, then they are still good to use. In reality, brake pads may look normal and thick on the outside, but you never know how they look on the inside. It is a wise idea to have them checked every 10,000 miles and replace worn-out brake pads before you start losing braking power, or the rotor gets damaged.
Mercedes Benz 300SE: A Standard Wheelbase Model from the Most Popular S-Class Series
In 1979, the W126 series of flagship vehicles under the Mercedes Benz S-Class was released as a replacement to the W116. This paved the way to the introduction of new vehicles, including the Mercedes Benz 300SE. Models under this range came with straight-6, V8, and turbo diesel engines. This range was a big leap forward from its predecessor. The S-Class lineup was not only more powerful but was also designed to be more aerodynamic and fuel-efficient. It came out with a new style that would be the inspiration for the design of other Mercedes Benz vehicles. Some of the safety innovations featured in this line included seatbelt tensioners. The W126 lasted for 12 years, produced between 1979 and 1991. With over a decade-long existence in the market, this series became the longest-lived S-Class generation.
1979: W126 premiere
Although the W126 was launched in the latter part of the decade, it had long been conceived. The plan for the W116 successor had been started in 1973. The project aimed to improve the ride quality, fuel efficiency, and vehicle handling of the next generation S-Class to cement its status as world leader in the luxury sedan segment. Enhanced fuel efficiency ratings came in handy for the 1970s oil crisis. Even V8-powered S-Class models were made more fuel-efficient.
The auto body was made more aerodynamic using lighter materials and alloys mixed with thorough wind tunnel testing. The decreased overall drag also led to lower fuel consumption. Along with this, the top speed was increased. The design included a sleeker auto body. After six years, the design for the W126 was finally completed. The series was unveiled at Frankfurt’s International Motor Show in 1979.
1985: Mercedes Benz 300SE launch
The redesign for W126 models were done several years after the Energy Program of the Mercedes Benz was introduced. The updated models were later unveiled in 1985 at the International Motor Show at Frankfurt. Some of the remarkable changes could be seen on the bumpers, side covers, and other visual features. Six-cylinder engines and 4.2L and 5.6L V8 engines were added to the upgraded engine variations.
Variants under the W126 series included the SE (standard wheelbase), SEL (long wheelbase), SEC (coupe), and diesel (SD/SDL). The range included the models 280, 300, 380, and 500 based on their engine size. After the S-Class was refreshed, the lineup included the 260, 300, 350, 420, 500, and 560 models. In 1985, the Mercedes Benz 300SE was produced. Production lasted through 1991.
The W126 series models featured a good set of safety, comfort, and technological features as standard or options. These features were a novelty back in the 1980s. Later on, these were adopted by more modern vehicles. The W126, with its various models, became known for its durability, making it quite an attractive option.
Eventually, the series ceased production in 1991 after it was replaced by the W140. Given the huge sales of its different body styles, the series was highly acclaimed as one of the most popular S-Class models.