The prices that I listed were from the friendly ole folks at Smilin Sams. The
price from Ole Heavy Carl's official MB shop would have come in at $4,200! My
conclusion here is that if I ever do buy another Mercedes, it will be taken to
the dealer for warranty repairs only. Anything else will be done at Smilin
Sam's or a place like that. Smilin Sam was an official Franz und Hanz kinda
guy, but he wanted to get filthy rich. So he quit and opened a 50% discount
garage! BY THE WAY - I did go and view the kar while it was apart - EGAD!!!!!
That is NOT a job for anybody except a mechanic who has done it several times
before. The whole dash board and the stuff immediately inside the engine
compartment all had to come apart! They charged 15 hrs, took a week, and I
figure it would have taken me a year or so. Heavy Carl would have promised it
quicker and taken longer, I wager.
mcbrue cooly under the bridge in the trailer down by the river