Quote from: UTn_boy on Yesterday at 06:02 PMThe tie rods on a 6.9 are not unique to the 6.9. The original part number has changed 4-5 times over the last 40+ years. The current recognized part number is the number you have already found...... 123-330-18-03, and is correct. This particular tie rod fits many models, which is why you see so many other references.
The tie rods are still readily available from Mercedes. There is no need to buy an inferior part from Rock Auto. Naturally, the ones from Mercedes are a little more expensive, but they'll out last us. The ones from Rock Auto you'll be replacing within a year or two with normal to little usage. So pick your poison, I guess, but I can't recommend installing an inferior part on such an important and critical part/area of a car.
Quote from: ptashek on 20 May 2022, 02:49 PMQuote from: Jan S on 20 May 2022, 10:31 AMptashek, would be interesting if you could elaborate regarding your statement .... "Truth be told, I much prefer driving either of my W124s these days. The refinement over just 9 years separating my 200T and the 450SE is incredible".
Simply put, comfort wise the W124 (the 200T in this case) outclasses my 450SE in every respect. Cabin noise, road feel, seat comfort. The 200T is just as serviceable as the 450SE, but parts supply is much better with thousands still on the road. Where it lacks is torque (140 v 370Nm), power (109 v 222HP) and - maybe - looks. End result? 7.5k miles between the two W124s in 2 years, and less than 700 in the W116.