Maybe off topic, maybe not as it's a close relative to E500E. My 1998 SL500 has been a little clunky in recent months so the kid that does some side work for me and I threw it onto the lift last Monday to see what was going on. At first, it just looked like outer tie rods were shot but on closer inspection. The ball joints were also bad so we decided the best coarse of action was to pull everything apart.
The car has 65,500 miles and the struts (MB originals) are completely shot to the extent that you can collapse them by hand and they won't come back up. The steering damper is the same way.
At this point, we're doing the following:
Control Arm Bushings
Idler arm looks OK.
Everything going back on is either Lemforder or Bilstien for shocks.
What amazes me is how well the car drove while needing so much work. Is there anything else I should look for while I'm under there and is there anything in the rear suspension that I need to pay attention to?
The car is 20 years old but the mileage is pretty low.