Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: W215-CL500, W208-CLK320, W140-300SE
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Recently bought a 2000 CL500 after researching on the boards here.
Excellent resource and they definitely aided in raising my confidence to purchase such a fine vehicle.
I haven't had it long and was told by the previous owner that it may need a battery, so I was prepared to buy one sooner than later. So a mth ago the battery was drained and I took it to the dealer for a new battery.
FastForward to a week ago...
After encountering the same problem of not having power a month after buying the new battery and having had the charging system checked by the dealer, my battery was drained again.
Took it dealer for another check and was told it needed an alternator.
WTF???... I said 'it was checked a mth ago'.
'Sorry, no good now' they said. 'It has a constant 90 ma draw'.
-- Here it gets interesting--
The 'stealer' missed my money--WHY... because he charged me an hour labour for his BS system check when the battery drained a 2nd time--this after charging me only 1/2 hr. labour to install the battery AND check the system when I bought the new battery a mth earlier.
(They wanted to get my car in ASAP....I wonder why...!?!)
BUT.... I wanted them to 'eat' the hr. labour (or at least a 1/2hr) towards the cost of the alternator work for the 2nd system check .
'I'll think about' I said.
So, I sourced an alternator at NAPA ($160 less than MB) and called my independent mechanic who said $220 labour. Fair enough, I thought.
I took the car to my neighborhood mechanic this morning and had another charging system check before he started working on the car and he found everything OK.
Battery was a bit low as I had charged it up myself the week prior, but, most importantly the alternator was charging!
He also checked for a 'drain' and found one, at approx. 3 amps. I mentioned this thread and ejected the nav CD and voila the drain dropped to 0.90.
Total cost at my local garage....(drum roll please....) $44.
Thanks to this thread I was saved spending $800 at the dealershit for a new(re-built) CL500 alternator w/labour because I told them I would think about it and am I glad I did.
Big Thanks to BenzWorld and the contributors of these threads!