I am just curious what people are paying for the B Service these days.
The bill for a 1999 C230 Kompressor (W202 chassis) with 17k on the clock
was $550ish at American Service Center in Arlington, VA, USA. $360 of
the cost was for labor.
This included $70 for a wiper replacement. Looking at the on-line B
Service chart, isn't the wiper supposed to be included? I will check
the book in the car tonight to see if it says the same.
The A and B services are basically $600 oil changes. When MB increased the
service intervals from every three months to yearly the dealers had to do
something to maintain their income. It's a giant ripoff.
Just the wiper blade, or something more?
I once (more or less accidentally) paid 0.2 hours (almost Cdn$20) for a
wiper blade insert replacement (just the rubber insert). Next time I'll buy
a whole new blade and snap it in myself.
At least with the 1999 C230 Kompressor sedan, there's only one wiper blade.
Usual dealer rip off. $70 for wiper replacement?! The entire blade costs $40
at the dealer and $20 at Brinson in Vienna, VA. The blade insert only is $8
at the dealer and $4 with Brinson. The installation is about 5-10 minutes. I
have personally heard comment made by one of the mechanics at MB
dealership - "Whatever number you tell them (MB owners) they pull out the
checkbook and write you a check." With this perception, no wonder they
charge $500 for oil change. The solution? Know your car well, know what it
needs and what approximately takes in parts and labor to do it. Find
reliable independent shop and buy you own parts. That way you know what is
going into the car and what you pay for. I can honestly say that the
maintenance of my '97 E class has not costed me more than that on any other
car. MB is nice car but it just that - car and there is no reason whatsoever
why its maintenance should be much more expensive than maintaining a Camry
for example. This statement has its caveats, of course, but in general I
believe it to be true.
If you do the maintenance yourself, good idea, how do you reset the FSS? My
Volvo had a combo key position and depressing the trip odometer method. Can
the FSS on the Mercedes be reset without dealer intervention? How about
warranty coverage? If you do your own maintenance, preferred, will Mercedes
give you far more trouble?
Warranty repairs go to the dealer, of course. For included under warranty
maintenance, also. But regular maintenance is not necessary to be done
there. Changing your own oil, ATF, brake fluid, antifreeze, brake pads,
disks or even replacing the windshield wiper :-) does NOT void your
warranty. Every moment somebody is working on my car out of my sight makes
me extremely nervous. That's why I have made friends with several MB
mechanics in the area who don't mind me using my own parts and hanging
around and chatting with them while they work on the car.
In Canada we don't get the "free" maintenance. The dealer did throw in the
BTW..I'll look in the manual for the instructions on reseting the FSS. I
should have looked before I typed.
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