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Need Help with Potential Maintenance Prices

What's poppin, I have a 97' S420, I intend to get it maintenanced between now and next week, and I just need a few potential prices for a small list of services. I live in the ATL area so if anybody else lives in Atlanta and knows a good and reasonable Benz Mechanic, leave that info.

Service (dealership and firstone/etc.(if safe)) Prices?
Coolant Diagnostic?
Engine " " ?
Replacement of BreakPads?
2 new tires (factory rims)?
1 of the bulbs in the head lamp needs replacing?
Airbag light comes on?
Oil Change?
Complete Service (Tune-Up)?
Transmission Serivice?

This will really help me out, first time Benz owner and I expect to hear the crazy prices,Thanks Guys
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What's poppin, I have a 97' S420, I intend to get it maintenanced between now and next week, and I just need a few potential prices for a small list of services. I live in the ATL area so if anybody else lives in Atlanta and knows a good and reasonable Benz Mechanic, leave that info.

Service (dealership and firstone/etc.(if safe)) Prices?
Coolant Diagnostic?
Engine " " ?
Replacement of BreakPads?
2 new tires (factory rims)?
1 of the bulbs in the head lamp needs replacing?
Airbag light comes on?
Oil Change?
Complete Service (Tune-Up)?
Transmission Serivice?

This will really help me out, first time Benz owner and I expect to hear the crazy prices,Thanks Guys
Hey, Mr. S, welcome to the forum. There is a specific forum for your car, it's the W140 forum, just scroll down and you'll see it. They can probably give you more particular information for your sweet ride.

That said, here's my .02.

Most of the things on that list are pretty straight-forward DIY items and there are some great DIY helps on this site. Now if you're a butterfingers or have more money than time, no big deal, but I wouldn't trust an MB to a Firestone shop. Either the dealer or find a good indie, you have a laundry list so take it to a few of them for a few items, see how you're treated, if they do what they say they'll do at the time they say they'll do it and for the price they quote, etc.

So turning to your list...

Coolant Diagnostic? I wouldn't waste the time, should be changed every two-three years, $50-$150, lower end if you're having it done with other things.
Engine " " ? No point unless you have codes. I would have codes read, there can be some stored even when there is no CEL. As part of a regular service this is often no charge, by itself it's $75 or more. Autozone will read codes for free, you can buy a decent code reader at Harbor Freight for under $50 including shipping.
Replacement of BreakPads? If all you need is F&R pads, you're looking in the neighborhood of $400. This is one of those pretty easy DIY things, parts are less than $100 and it's a couple hours work.
2 new tires (factory rims)? Depends on the tires, you should probably try to match what you have on the other axle. This is a tire store item, no need to do the dealer here, so shop around, America's Tire is in most places in the US and they have or can get most tires.
1 of the bulbs in the head lamp needs replacing? Heavens, this is a definite DIY. If they're regular halogen, $8 on line, $15-20 in an auto parts store.
Airbag light comes on? This would be part of a diagnostic service, and it depends entirely as to why the light is on. May be cheap, may be stunningly expensive if the airbag has to be replaced.
Oil Change? 'nuther one of them DIY. If you go synthetic, $100-$125, conventional, more in the $50 range.
Complete Service (Tune-Up)? No real tune-up for these engines, parts are replaced as needed, sometimes based on mileage, sometimes based on Codes/CELs.
Transmission Serivice? Probably in the $180 - $250 range.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
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Thanks alot Gregs210, that really helped out.
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First thing to do is read the owner's manual and see what the maintenance intervals and services are.

Couple of comments:

Coolant - time based - every three years and use only the proper Mercedes approved coolant.

BRAKES - get changed when they are out of spec or warped. They need to be measured, not just changed because it's been a long time.

Most of the other items ought to be well covered in the owner's manual.

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All I asked for was average prices..
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All I asked for was average prices..
If I tell you that the national average for brake pad replacement on an S420 is $400, that doesn't mean that near you it's not $4000. I mean, I'm exaggerating, but you get my point.

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If I tell you that the national average for brake pad replacement on an S420 is $400, that doesn't mean that near you it's not $4000. I mean, I'm exaggerating, but you get my point.
Hey, flyboyike, that was kind of what I was thinking...since he's in Atlanta, and he needs to find a good indie anyway, I figured he could call around and he's likely to find that job for less than that in the Atlanta area.

Now here in the bay area...add a couple hundred for the job and another hundred or so because it's an S class. And several hundred more if you go to the dealer, because they *always* find something else that *has* to be done.

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There are some really good indies in the Atlanta area. Best source for a recommendation would be the local MBCA section if you are a member. Well worth joining. It's a very active section.

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