Unfortunately those days are over. In the era that your car was being built, Mercedes Benz only had 5-6 different models in their lineup and they replaced models every 10 years. The simplicity in the model lineup made it easy to carry inventory for older cars due to the limited variability in parts.There is a saying that you can always get new genuine parts for a Benz. This is not completely true; some owners of W140 have problems to get keys and remotes for the door locks/ignition switch.
Kelly, this is another impressive and new information to me, thanks!! I agree on example of Bilstein dampers. My W140 has Bilstein springs now, it is much better than drive with broken ones . Originally there were Sachs as I was told, but who cares. I guess the Sachs which was built in when my car was made are again different than Sachs which can be purchased today. So conclusion is that once the part is replaced, it can actually not be "genuine" any more unless it comes from the SAME production line as a part which was built in the car originally.As full disclosure, I manufacture and source an ever expanding list of vintage RR/B parts that are equal to or better than original equipment and sell them on my site.
Alabbasi, this is all correct in addition to your previous thinking. In this moment I do not have any problem with my w140. This is unfortunately a big reason why I am not having a RR yet, too. W140 is so simple to maintain and so simple to repair that I can do everything on my own, except transmission and differential repairs. So far differential is ok, transmission died after 400,000 km but it was fixed for 1,600 eur in less than a week.Mercedes Benz right now riding on their reputation of the past. In reality, when they sold Chrysler, they extended their model lineup to become Chrysler in their effort to expand their market. Their business practice reminds me more of British Leyland than the Mercedes Benz that I grew up with. Worse still, companies like TRW and Lemforder and getting pushed out of supporting our cars in the aftermarket business by Chinese sourced parts suppliers such as URO parts and Meyle who make substandard parts for 1/3 price. I would expect that running an older Mercedes is going to get a lot more expensive in the future.
Mark, RR cars are extremely rare in my area. The nearest one was Shadow however it was in a bad condition with mud under the hood, nobody touched it in last 10 years. The last one was Silver Spirit, this one exactly:samo, there are thousands of RR/B left drive cars in the world. While it may be less expensive for RHD cars, there are many options. Pick a model, look (and drive) for the best. Enjoy your car.
ps, I had a W140 Grand Edition and I loved it.
Steve, I agree, I cannot find any reason to have a RHD car except the price, which would of course be ridiculous to consider at first place.Look for a LHD model. I spent 15 years in South France with my cars which are all RHD and it was not 'comfortable' is probably best way to put it.
Front passengers always seemed nervous too most of the time and it was not my driving skills..