W221 S-Class - insurance (not bad) MPG (not bad) but...vibrations?

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  1. Gucci

    Gucci Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Toying with the idea of an S-Class W221 at some point. Thought I'd put myself off with a notional insurance quote and it was fully comp for S350 CDI at £520. Not too shabby.

    Ok, it fits on my drive (just), tyre prices not too bad, tax ok and the press heap praise on it. BUT, I see a few negatives online such as nightmare of gearbox failing at cost of £12k and talk of vibrations (excessive) at around 65mph and upwards. Really? Anyone heard this?
     
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    Re the vibrations - check the wheels are true and round - proper enginering speak of the possibility of a buckled rim.
     
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    221s have the same engine V6 and 7g box as other Mercedes.

    That sadly means 7g valve body failure (£1500 fix not £12k) and inlet port shut off motor faults (£500 approx) with the rare possibility of front bearing failure £2k fix.

    They do not vibrate, I had an E320cdi and borrow my Dads 221 S350 and it makes the E class seem like a tractor, its a level of refinement that really cannot be bettered.
     
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    There is a 'known' issue with numbers of w221 drivers complaining of a vibration around 65-75mph. My car started doing the same and I have just had the Airmatic pump replaced and the vibration has now all but gone but I can still feel it slightly. I may now be over-sensitive.
     
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    Although I can feel a slight vibration at low speeds (less than 60kph) since I've fitted the winter tyres, I find that the faster you go, the smoother the ride. At legal motorway speeds, there's no vibration at all.
     
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