I just took my 1997 E420 with 83,300 miles on it to Loeber Motors in
Lincolnwood, IL (NW Chicago suburb).
A week ago, the engine was making a hissing noise, and the idle was
very rough (reving and nearly dying, over and over). I popped the hood, and
located a small (pencil sized) hose that was loose, connecting to the top of
the engine. I fixed the hose, and the idle speed became normal, and everything
This morning, the idle was rough again, and the check engine light
came on, and despite resetting it, and turning off the car and re-starting it
four times, the light keep coming on. The hose was not loose this time.
The dealer just called me and said the code reader said something
related to idle speed, and that they couldn't duplicate the idle problem, but
they reset the check engine light. They told me the cost for all of this was
approximately $180 for labor? Yikes.
Then they proceeded to tell me that my "control arm bushings are
split and torn" and need to be replaced, followed by an alignment. The
bushings and install would be $675 and the alignment another $175. $850? Is
this something normally needed at 83K miles? Is that price right? Or high?
I'm thinking of selling the car within the next 6-12 months, so I really rather
not spend that money. Thoughts?
Randy in Chicago