I just went through a run around by buying a Napa Auto parts radiator
cap and thermostat for my E420 94. The after market radiator cap
(overflow reservoir cap) didn't have the factory center vent/check
valve, caused over heating and cost $24 versus MB dealer $15. The new
thermostat from Napa ($45) barely opened at 80c (1/16" to 1/8") versus
MB thermostat that opened to a 3/4" to 7/8" after testing both in
heated water in a pan on a stove. Just beware of the after market
parts blues... I wonder how many MBs were sold because somebody didn't
find out that the after market parts were the culprit to over
I have stuff done on my 1993 190E at a Merc garage, rather than at a local
independent, who I have also used. (Here in London.)
Latter isn't always cheaper, and probably isn't better. Maybe I should seek
another local garage...
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"Happy Trails" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Not only spares... manpower is important. And tools too. Two examples:
to register valves on my '82 MB 207D you need a very specific (and
special) tool, in order to move registration screw. And a well trained
mech is able to look exactly where potential problems are expected to be.
A generic repair shop might not be as fast and efficient as an official
repair shop: you spend less euro/h but it takes more hours... quite
often it's simply not convenient, in my experience. It's even more
important with less 'historical' vehicles than mine, with electronic a
go-go... :-) Sometimes they don't tell you, but while they change oil,
install a new 'firmware' to prevent future problems...
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