The balancer in my wife's 1998 E320 went out last November at 7000 (not
a typo) miles, causing mucho damage.
We received the recall letter last Saturday (6/18). I took the car to
my MB dealer on Tuesday, and today (6/24) received a reimbursement check
Fortunately, I had had the dealer do the repairs, so there was no
disputation regarding the charges.
(P.S. The car is not for sale.)
Karl, I will admit to being so dumb (your word) as to drive the car all
of 1/10 of a mile to our home after first hearing the noise. On the
other hand, I was smart enough to have it towed for repair. I find your
generalization a bit offensive.