1992 400SE Mercedes Tining Belt

I have a big problem. My 1992 400SE mercedes with 62,000 miles that been serviced on time from day one. Went from a good running engine to complete piece of junk in 20 minutes. The dealer said the timing chain broke and metal
is in the oil pan. No one but mercedes has serviced this car.
At 61,000 miles it had a major service and there was no problem.
What happen?
Somebody please help.
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The timing chain broke, the now non-synchronized valves were smashed by the pistons, some valves bent, ruining their guides, some rocker arms will need to be replaced the cam shaft(s) may have been broken. Most of the damage is in the cylinder heads which can be rebuilt or bought as rebuilt. Metal in the oil pan sounds a lot worse than it is, don't let that discourage you from fixing this engine.
I've seen $3,200 repair bills for older, 420 V-8s when their chains broke - but those broke after 120K miles.
For this to occur after only 61K miles is unconscionable, IMHO. Suggest you call the MBUSA Zone office and discuss it with them adding that you have all service records.
If M-B doesn't help you, see: www.mercedesengines.net and www.atk-engines.com for the cost of rebuilt cylinder heads (plus installation labor).
Still, horrible as it is, it's much cheaper to fix this engine than to buy another car.
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Thanks, for your repy. I will meet with the service manager on 1/14/04 and look at the engine from the bottom side. The service rep is not sure if he will recommend a re-built or a new motor.
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