Fortunately I have not experienced such problems with my current cars (one
from 2001, one from 1993, both driven by me from new).
The nearest to your travails I had was on a 230E W124 I once had (well, as
company car). It developed significant oil consumption at 60 000 miles.
The local dealer (in outer London/Kent) claimed it was normal and I let it
go for a bit. At one point I got really cheesed off for having to stop on a
motorway to refill with oil.
When I returned to the dealer, declaring that my colleague's 60 000-mile BMW
had no such oil consumption they agreed to have another look...
It was a leak somewhere, of course...it was an expensive job as the engine
had to be lifted out to replace a 5-pound gasket. Their excuse was that
they had wanted to save me money...(It was not a warranty job and nobody
expected Merc to pay, just to repair.)
With my newer car I had the opposite -- mentioned here before so turn away
now if you don't want to be bored -- with a superseded (and expensive)
Within about a year of buying the car I lost the old phone that fitted and
acquired a newer model from the same manufacturer, believing it would fit,
too. It did not.
A hardware and software upgrade was going to cost about GBP 250 in Germany
and 400 (!) in Britain. I had bought the car in Germany (from a regular
Merc dealer). Although not a warranty item the German dealer found a way to
replace the cradle and software under the guarantee and was willing to
stretch the time until I was able to drive over. Which I did. And he did
I have other positive anecdotes about the garage I use now. Merc has taken
control of all the dealerships in London, Birmingham and Manchester to try
to improve the service. After all, the UK is Merc's largest market in
Europe outside Germany. London is lousy with Mercs, more than in many a
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