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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-03-2009, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Had my 2005 SL350 serviced at a main dealer in Temple Fortune NW London. They said my front pads were 85% worn and rear 75% worn and wanted £400+ to replace. I told them to leave it and did another 3000 miles, after which I went to M-Only to get the pads replaced and low and behold the mechanic asked me why I was changing them when they were only half worn!!!!!

Of course I didnt change the Pads but gave the mechanic a nice tip and will definately use them in the future.

Its great to find such honesty in this day and age, and such a shame that I cant trust the main dealer!!!

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It really makes you think !!

Mercedes Benz include in their original sale price for the SL range of models, an electronic device which alerts drivers with a dashboard warning light when the brake pads begin to reach the end their safe and useful life, yet a main MB dealer can pull a stroke as mentioned by Avney88.

I would tend to put more faith in my on-board warning systems that were designed around the vehicle.

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during my last A service for w209 Clk, i was told exactly the same thing. front 85% worn and rear 95% worn, they wanted about £400 pounds as well to replace them, i asked if lights would come on and they said that it would in about a week. its been 2 months of daily commuting and 1000 miles later, no sign of a light for brakes on my dash.
no wonder they are called merc "stealership".
customer service was excellent tho.
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