Has the Dealer Committed a Rip-off Stunt?
Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Mon, Nov 3, 2003, 6:05pm (EST-1) From:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Behr)
Dear fellow listers:
My father-in-law has a '98 C230, with 28,000 miles on it. The "check
engine" light came on and he brought it into the dealership to
$815.31 later, he got his car back.
This is what they did:
Check Engine Light - Tech (42 minutes) $218.70 Replaced mass air flow
Parts – Air Mass Sensor $549.05
MAO MB Environmental $5.00
1) Is it likely that the air sensor was bad, especially with a very low
mileage car of 28,000 miles?
2) Even if that were the case (unlikely, in my experience with Volvo and
others I know with a Mercedes), isn't there a much less expensive
alternative? Example: I replaced the sensor in my Volvo with a universal
version for $42.00 vs $250.00 for the Volvo dealer's version. (works
fine, by the way).
3) Why didn't they tell him what they thought this would cost, instead
of presenting him a bill, ala fait accompli?
I need some ammunition to discuss this with the dealer, as I regard this
as abuse. Anyone have any ideas?
i pulled this once and it worked.
if the car will not pass federal emmissions and state test for the first
<don't know the cut off for the year>
it must be fixed for free!
now i did this a few years ago with an olds but its worth asking some
one although i would not ask the dealer
my problem ended up been the gas cap but it took them hours of labor and
a few computers.
cap was free!
the case, minus a few cans!