Repair estimates from Dealer: help!
Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Wed, Aug 20, 2003, 10:48am From:
email@example.com (Dave O)
My wife brought her c280 in for a service call, and received the
following estimate. Do you mind reading this, and giving it a sanity
~Air Mass Sensor is what is making the check engine light come on. Needs
to be replaced. $590
~Water pump is shot. Needs to be replaced. $950 ~Front Brakes and rotors
are almost gone. $650 ~The 105K mile service is $500
~Dash lights replaced is $195
~Transmission Tunnel Insulation is in need of repair, it has dropped
down and is slowly melting away. Charge for that is a whopping $1,140
Thanks in advance.
Some things are dealer required, (I wouldn't trust anyone else) like
water pumps, others, you could DIY. Here's what I did and had done by
Water Pump: $650 but then also needed Idler Pulley Tensioner and Shock
Absorber, plus Serpentine Belt
MB Dealer repair: $1,100.00
Lower Control Arm Bushings, 4 Wheel Alignment and Transmission Service
Replaced Shock Absorbers $500.00
Transmission Modulator Repair $538.00
New MB Battery plus Service $330.00
But Dealership also replaced Engine Wiring Harness at No Charge under
Air Mass Sensor List Price: $390 DIY: $232.57
Reset CE light by disconnecting battery.
Oxygen Sensors (front & rear) DIY $253.00
Front Brakes Pads: $44.76
Rear Brakes Pads: $17.91
Front Discs @ $48.67ea $97.34
Rear Discs @ $30.28ea 60.56
Sensors and Paste 5.06
Front Wheels: $147.16
Rear Wheels: $ 78.47
Total cost 4 Wheels $225.63
Wire Hooks for pulling out IC (Dash)
Replaced Bulbs myself
YES! MB's are very expensive cars to maintain, and the C280 has turned
out to be a great disappointment, but once committed to MB ownership,
plus its disappointingly falling re-sale value, you 'bite the bullet'
and chalk it up to experience!
Look at it this way: spending $4,025 cannot buy you another car, and if
you don't spend it, then you'll get that much less for it! Its a
Catch-22 Damned if you do and damned if you don't!
To make a long (and sad) story short: 4 years of MB ownership has cost
Its still a solidly built, good handling, good looking automobile, and
at the rate its depreciating, I'm keeping it!
I would also shop around for repairs (if possible) or try to negotiate
some of the prices (some repairs are negotiable!) Tell them I'm going
to take the car somewhere else, or going to think about it, and see what
they say. Some dealerships are more hard nosed then others!
If you have AAA where you live, find a recommended MB independent shop.