Date registered: Feb 2008
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Thank you for all your interest. Allow me to clarify some points raised:
The car was parked 6km from the beach, outdoors for the first 3 years. Thereafter it was garaged 1km from the ocean at a different location.
I do not believe the car was knocked by the fuel pump nozzle. I could not be the only person to have ever done such a thing - surely one would expect to see the same type of rust on thousands of cars if that were possible?
The car was only waxed maybe once a year. But there is no stipulation from M-Benz that if one were not to wax the vehicle one should expect it to rust.
The moment the rust was discovered, appearing first as a small bubble in one small area, I took the car in to the service centre. I was told it was to be expected being parked next the coast and that it was not M-Benz responsibility to repair it. I contended that it was a manufacturing defect and not a coastal parking issue as there are millions of M-Benz's parked near the coast that show no evidence of corrosion even after 10 or 20 years. They took a dim view of my assertions and left me to deal with it myself.
The reason the vehicle was not repaired is because I was quoted over $1500 and as I was planning on selling the car I realised I could either lose money paying for repairs or the sale. I decided not to bother with it and lose money on the sale. My wife asked me to keep the car and we did, never expecting the rust to become so bad. I just thought I would sell it a few years later and lose maybe $2000 on it, writing it off to bad luck. Maybe that was a bad decision but in my opinion doesn't negate MB's responsibility. The fact is that repairing a small area or the entire area costs about the same anyway.
The car was serviced whenever the service lights came on. The mechanical faults I refer to have appeared in the last 6 months, pretty simultaneously.
It's rather amusing that MB Warranty provides for defects in material or workmanship for 48 months or 50,000 miles. My car has done just 65000km, well under the warranty limit - but their argument is that it was not caused by them and therefore they are not at fault.
Last edited by rustybenzz; 02-04-2008 at 08:08 PM.
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