Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 300TE 4-Matic 300GD
Location: Oslo Norway
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RE: 1991 190e 2.6 nightmare!!!!
I understand your situation completely. It seems to me that the guys performing the diagnose in your case messed it up, in a stupid way. Before one concludes that this and that is wrong, one must check things out thuroughly. There are many parameters in a "going hot" diagnose. Just looking doesn't cut it.
When you are in the middle of a reparation, and another "fault" pops up, you know you have lost. You have diagnosed incorrectly. Either you take note, and never make such a mistake again, or you tend to want to avoid certain jobs. Some are in it just for the money, and don't give a f*ck as you as you pay for what they actually do.
If I were to be so stupid, and give a quote based on a wrong assumption, I would feel obligated to fix it no matter what. But then again, I do take a lot of money for my services. My friends keep on rubbing a certain Peugeot Mi16 up my nose. How stupid can you get, taking on something like that?
Some say Bar's leak and the like is harmful to your engine. I don't agree. I won't vouch for any kind of leak stopper, but I will vouch for Bar's. If the coolant leak is to air, it will certainly fix it. It will give you more time to assess exactly what to do. Shop around.
As for Bar's, it's usefullness covers more than just stopping leaks. I know a guy who imported and sold Nissan fork lifters into Norway. He was constantly bogged down with replacing coolant hoses, and in fork lifters they might require much dismantling to access. With a service deal, this ate quite a lot from his bottom line. He was introduced to Bar's and started using it from day one. And all those time and material sucking jobs vanished. Gone. Without exeption.
I work for a pretty serious guy. We use it. Several, if not all dealers over here use it. WHAT?? Yepp, MB too.
A motor purist might say, that any additive is less than desired, and using good oil, coolant, and so on covers it well. They focus a lot on gaskets. They speak of mineral or not in the coolant liquid. You know, the details.
All that is swell. But what do you say to a person who has purchased a near twenty year old car? Or a car that has not been catered well for? Strip it all down completely? Junk it?
Or do you just keep quiet, and pour in some goodies and see what happens? The customer doesn't care if a gasket has been replaced or not as long as it works flawlessly. As long as you are up front, and can vouch for what you have done.