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Date registered: Oct 2011
Vehicle: R350 Bluetec - W251 - 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Windsor Area MB Service and Repair
I have been advised by others that Euro-Motors have a good reputation, and I will certainly look at them when or if the warranty expires on my R500. This car presently has a third-party warranty with Lubrico, who use Ondre at O & O Motors for repairs in the Windsor area. This is a no frills, low overhead repair shop run by a guy who knows cars and is very reasonable. He will only use approved or official part suppliers etc.
Based on my experience with Lubrico, I would insure any vehicle with them that is outside of the manufacturer’s warranty, particularly one that is complicated, fragile and expensive to fix (at a dealership) as a 2006 MB.
The point about the Windsor MB dealership was that in my experience they were very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. They checked over my newly acquired used R500 from a third-party, told me the vehicle was in very good condition, advised that brake pads and rotors would be required in about 5,000 Km, and recommended an oil change/maintenance service. They were up front with their costs etc. OK their labor costs were higher than others, but because major parts were not needed, there was no premium priced parts from MB Canada. In fact later on when the navigation unit failed, they located a new unit at a fraction of the published price.
The price of any new quality vehicle includes the cost of warranty servicing, maintenance and the associated overheads of approved dealerships so that the dealerships can provide first class service – for vehicles under warranty. Obviously, work outside of a factory warranty carries the full cost of the dealership service center. You pay for that – one way or the other.
Most cars today in all price categories are expensive to repair because modular units are used in their construction and the electronics and engine management systems are increasingly complex. In my view the high-level design and engineering of MB vehicles of the 2006 era appears to be let down by fragile parts and components. The good news is that because of the quality engineering design, MB cars can be fixed and are certainly more durable than other makes.
My 2006 R500 is in great shape and is much superior to apparently similar new vehicles of more popular makes. I would have to spend more than $60,000 for a new replacement of another make, but I would loose much more money and most importantly, they don’t seem to drive like the MB R500.