Decent dealership service

I think my recent Merc garage experience was not too bad.
The grille over the air vent in the driver's footwell had been falling off more or less since new (May 2001 - yes, 3rd anniversary). As it was
non-essential I never really got round to doing anything serious, as one dealer had seemingly clipped it back and applied some glue.
At some stage a couple of dealers (one on London and the one in Germany from whom I had bought the car) told me that they would need the car in for a few hours for examination. The job did not look straightforward, as a clip appeared to be broken. The London one said that it would cost at least sixty pounds and if Merc were not prepared to fund it under warranty/goodwill, I would have to pay even that, even if I decided not to go ahead.
Anyway, this week I thought I would bite the bullet and on Tuesday took it into the Park Royal garage under the Mecedes-Benz London arrangements.
In short, to do the fix 'properly' it would about 15 hours work and a lot of hassle to get acceptance under goodwill (cars bought in Germany get only one year's manufacturer's warranty, UK-supplied ones get longer ones, supported by the dealerships), which was not a certainty at all. The service adviser (a techie who spent 9 years in Merc's workshops in South Africa and the UK) offered me a deal whereby I would get what I wanted (a vent cover that didn't fall off) but achieved by another method taking up maybe 90 min work. He would not apply for an FOC job but only charge me for half an hour plus part (GBP 1.49 plus tax, hardly a fortune). And that's what happened.
And the car was washed.
As it happens when I checked the work on collecting the car today I found that a panel screw that didn't grip just above the vent. The service adviser said he would order a new clip and I could come in for fixing while I waited.
That's not bad service, is it?
DAS
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Dad ratted euorweinies! Always bragging about isolated instances of good service trying to make us want to move back to the old country!! WELL IT WONT WORK !! Not gonna move back !!!
mcbrue fixedly under the bridge in the trailer down by the river
96 S420
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LOL ;-)
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Ditto.
In general I have nothing much to complain about re Merc service. Is that more persuasive to make you less fixed in the trailer, McBrue?
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...but, unfortunately, acquaintances of mine just got rid of their ML 270 diesel after maybe 3 years. Too many issues not dealt with properly by the Merc dealerships, also in the London area, though not same ones I have used. :-(
They did what a bunch of the Americans participating here do or contempate doing: buy a Toyota SUV...
Let's see how that turns out.
I strongly suggested they tell their main Merc dealership that they bought new elsewhere. Apparently they had been led to believe they were going to sell my acqaintances an expensive new car to encourage them to solve the problems. Only that way will the message get through.
:-(( DAS
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