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Hey, MM.

I'm 99% certain no one ever touched the dipstick tube on my 210 before I had it serviced, and it had a reddish-orange plug. I'd bet the tech has just never seen them in different colors.

Re: the ongoing "DEALER ONLY" vs. "SPECIALTY SHOP" debate, it's much like anything else. A good dealer is fine, but a good indie is worth his weight in gold. (Unfortunately, many of them charge like it.) And a true specialty shop is also invaluable. Would I trust my transmission to Jiffy Lube? Well, as much as I'd clip a coupon for heart surgery. There are dealers who regularly perform transmission work and for them I say more power, but that's pretty rare. And from what I've read on this forum most dealers won't touch it. (Besides, I have a general distrust for dealers...).

I'd probably prefer a good indie for an ATF swap, but from my inquiries it's not a regular thing for most of them, even in car crazy bay area. All of the ones I talked to didn't sound especially knowledgeable and I didn't have a good comfort level with them, which is why I expanded to transmission specialty shops. The shop I eventually settled on I visited because I saw some premium cars in their lot and shop and they're very busy. That was enough to make me consider them. When I then went and talked with them I quickly understood that they appreciated what the job entailed and knew what they were doing. They also charged a fair price for what they did. That's why I posted them as a recommendation for folks in the bay area.

So the bottom line is, take YOUR car where YOU feel YOU will get the best service for YOUR dollars and where YOU have the greatest comfort level. But what point is served by castigating others for their choices (okay, unless it's Jiffy Lube!) or making grandiose sweeping directives to others about what they must do in maintaining THEIR car?

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Hey! Who touched whos dip stick? And what is it about the reddish-orange plug?? This is a G-rated forum!

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Hey, MM.

I'm 99% certain no one ever touched the dipstick tube on my 210 before I had it serviced, and it had a reddish-orange plug. I'd bet the tech has just never seen them in different colors.
Hi Greg,

I went to see the originating dealer yesterday, and the tech I spoke with said the same thing about the original dipstick plug being black, and that they replace them with a reddish one. Plus, that is where the lock pin goes, I didn't understand what it's function was. He also said that maybe someone just checked the fluid level - another possibility that I had not considered.

As it turns out, my car has had two recent CPO inspections; one there, and another one a couple of thousand miles later at the dealer where I bought it. I don't know why this happened, but my comfort level is higher knowing that.

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Hi Greg,

I went to see the originating dealer yesterday, and the tech I spoke with said the same thing about the original dipstick plug being black, and that they replace them with a reddish one. Plus, that is where the lock pin goes, I didn't understand what it's function was. He also said that maybe someone just checked the fluid level - another possibility that I had not considered.

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Hi, MM.

I guess I didn't realize yours was a CPO benz. Part of the CPO would indeed be to check fluid level and inspect it so that would of course require removing the cap. The lock pin they referenced is part of the cap, it's like a tamper-proof signal so someone can tell if it's been uncapped. The lock pin breaks and they have to replace the cap.

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I probably never mentioned that Greg, at least not on this thread. This is my 2nd M-B and I already made the "mistake" of buying a higher mileage used Benz without a warranty. After that calamity, I decided to try the CPO route, so far, so good

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The forum anyway has been quite friendly to non-American members, even if they may use odd "British accent", and sometimes don't use any proper English at all. But so many of the Americans here originate outside the US, at least their family does, and sometimes are difficult to understand too :-)

I am European (I suppose you guessed that), not German, have studied German language quite a few years but a long time ago and prefer English speaking forums even if I follow German MB forums every now and then. The best thing German knowledge gives you, in addition to being able to read Mercedes-Benz Deutschland where the most accurate (and often most recent) MB information comes from, let's say after this forum :-)

I find it odd actually that there are so many American MB forums that are better than the best English speaking European forum that I know of. Getting a bit off topic, I hope I don't get punished...
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The forum anyway has been quite friendly to non-American members, even if they may use odd "British accent", and sometimes don't use any proper English at all. But so many of the Americans here originate outside the US, at least their family does, and sometimes are difficult to understand too :-)

I am European (I suppose you guessed that), not German, have studied German language quite a few years but a long time ago and prefer English speaking forums even if I follow German MB forums every now and then. The best thing German knowledge gives you, in addition to being able to read Mercedes-Benz Deutschland where the most accurate (and often most recent) MB information comes from, let's say after this forum :-)

I find it odd actually that there are so many American MB forums that are better than the best English speaking European forum that I know of. Getting a bit off topic, I hope I don't get punished...
Thanks for that... I hope you know that was my attempt at humor--not a dis... Sometimes it's hard to tell on the Web.

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