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Old 09-28-2004, 01:04 AM   #1
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W220 " SHORT WHEELBASE VERSION" FOR USA

Where can I find a short wheelbase S320 ( assuming its cheaper )
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MB did not make a USA version S320, long or short wheelbase.
Canada got short wheelbase S430 and S500's. 220.070 and 220.075.
The USA got long wheelbase S430 and S500's. 220.170 and 220.175.
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:43 AM   #3
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I saw a short wheel based S-class in Vegas this weekend at the Belagio Hotel. It looked really odd to say the least. No idea how it got in but it had Nevada plates
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It's funny...

Over here in the UK, I find it weird to see a LWB S-Class.

I mainly see SWB S-Classes with the LWB being used for businessmen etc up in the city.

LWB are called Limos as I guess thats what they look like, to me 8-)

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Old 09-28-2004, 04:04 PM   #5
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I was wondering if any of you have pictures. ..

or if you any of you have imported the short version s430/s320/s280
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Old 09-28-2004, 04:44 PM   #6
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we have almost the same name. hahahaha
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With Jaguar, Audi, and BMW having both SWB and LWB versions of their flagship sedans in the US, I think MB is remiss not to bring over a SWB S-class. (I actually didn't realize they made one before reading this thread...) I think plenty of people would go for them. I know my dad would be happy to get a SWB S430 4matic, for one. A SWB S430 would become the top-selling S-class model, for sure. Probably take a good amount of market share from those buying the 745i, too.
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The short (standard ) wheelbase S Class is sold in Canada. It is about $7500 less than the long wheelbase. If sold in the U.S., I would have purchased that model, however MBUSA deprives us of the choice.
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Old 10-02-2004, 04:00 PM   #9
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I was looking or a slightly pre owned one, but I couldn't find any at all, Perhaps the only option is to buy it new.
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How many inches shorter is the Short wheel base version? Does anyone have any pics of it?
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How many inches shorter is the Short wheel base version? Does anyone have any pics of it?
It's 120mm or about 4.5" shorter. Not much difference for that much of a price drop, IMO.
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here are some short wheelbase models. I notice right away lol. Looks sooo weird.
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Actually, we only get the S430 short wheelbase here in Canada, no short wheelbase S500.
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here are some short wheelbase models. I notice right away lol. Looks sooo weird.
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I mean yeah I like this short version. I wish they brought it here.
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Thought I'd bump this and save the grief on starting thread on an existing subject...anyone else find the SWB really odd looking?

My father had an LWB S500 when I lived in the UK but they were much more unusual than the SWB. The latter weren't any bigger in the back than an E Class. IIRC it was around £5000 extra for the LWB.
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Thought I'd bump this and save the grief on starting thread on an existing subject...anyone else find the SWB really odd looking?

My father had an LWB S500 when I lived in the UK but they were much more unusual than the SWB. The latter weren't any bigger in the back than an E Class. IIRC it was around £5000 extra for the LWB.
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Maybe it's me, but that looks like a W203 C, not a W220 SWB S.

And yes, the SWB S has no more rear seat legroom than an E, but the level of luxury and technology for the driver and passengers is still a slight cut above, IMO.
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i see my SWB everyday and still find it weird... s-class should only come in LWB.

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^^ That's a funky looking picture, makes the car look really odd...

Here are some pictures of a SWB S55 AMG, I wish you could get the SWB in the US... this thing looks so much sportier and cooler:

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i see my SWB everyday and still find it weird... s-class should only come in LWB.

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I cant tell the difference...looks exactly like the normal one
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I cant tell the difference...looks exactly like the normal one
Yeah right look at the back window!
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Yeah right look at the back window!
apologies for the lack of pic-taking skills.

but yeah, the only way to spot it is the rear windows.
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Thought I'd bump this and save the grief on starting thread on an existing subject...anyone else find the SWB really odd looking?

My father had an LWB S500 when I lived in the UK but they were much more unusual than the SWB. The latter weren't any bigger in the back than an E Class. IIRC it was around £5000 extra for the LWB.
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The width of this picture isn't proportionally correct with the height. But yes I do agree that the SWB W220 does look weird.
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The S350 sold in 2006 (and 2005?) in the US was the SWB model.
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The S350 sold in 2006 (and 2005?) in the US was the SWB model.
You're right I had no idea!

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