Hopefully you got all the service paperwork with the car. If not here' some
things you need to know. The timing chain and related parts, rails, etc,
need to be replaced at 100K miles and/or 10 year intervals. If the car has
had regular oil changes you can stretch it bit, but what usually happens is
that the chain doesn't break but the guiide rails become brittle and break
off gettting into the chain teeth and causing the timing to get crossed up
and pistons go crashing into valves...not good and you will spend thousands
to fix it. So find out if the chain and related parts need to be
replaced....about an $800 job a your indie MB shops. Also be sure to change
the transmission oil and filter....another thing that gets skipped
frequently...also change your anti-freeze too. MB cars last so long that
many people drive them for years but forget to do many of the services. If
your car is in good condition mechanically, regular services will keep it
running almost forever. Many of these cars go 400 to 500K miles, or more.
Good luck and welcome to the MB club.....
Where should I go to "EDUCATE" myself on the rear suspension? You are right,
I don't want an MB repair shop to 'EDUCATE" me in the "finally honed
business" of educating me, while "lightening up my wallet!".
I need to know this.
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