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Luckily for me and my car I am not that stupid. The dealer wanted $600 for a rear brake job, I did it for under $100.

That being said, some things you are much better off letting the dealer do, for example oil changes. If I wanted to do a Mobile 1 0W-40 change with original fleece filter it would cost me at least $80, the dealer charges $100. Twenty buck is a cheap price to pay for not spending two hour laying on the cold concrete of my garage and getting dirty with oil.
If they quoted you that much it sounds like the were recommending PADS AND ROTORS. Sounds like you only replaced the pads. The labor for rear pads is 1 hour. Pads and Rotors the dealer charges 2.5 hours. Did you measure your rotors to make sure they are within spec? The spec is stamped on the rotor and if it is at spec, below spec, or close to spec the dealer recommends them.

An oil change at the dealer is about $108 for quakerstate 5w-40 and around $120 for mobile 1 0w-40.
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Twenty buck is a cheap price to pay for not spending two hour laying on the cold concrete of my garage and getting dirty with oil.
I suggest you join the 21st century and either invest in a vacuum fluid system or just build one for about $20 if you have already have a ShopVac handy. Insert a hose into the dipstick tube and sip your beverage of choice while the oil is evacuated.
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Since this has turned into a "I do it myself" or "I let the dealer do it" I'll chime in. Had a 190E that a good indy shop worked on a few times, but I found one of the local dealers to be nearly as competitive and much more customer-friendly. The two current cars both go to the same dealer and have never had anything done to them outside that dealer, including tires. The dealer price-matches the tire shops and has a large enough volume their techs are good at alignments, etc.

Are my service trips expensive - oh yeah they often are. Part of it is that they do find small things that are not right with the car while it is in. They bring those to my attention and often we go ahead and have those fixed. Often they are things that do not have to be repaired, but I plan on keeping each car for a minimum of 250,000 miles (the trend so far), so I usually go ahead. Doing the little things has always kept the cars comfortable for me as mileage built up, and eliminated having a high mileage car with lots of "little" annoyances that were too expensive to fix, but ended up making you hate the car.

Oh, and definately not rich; we can have two moderate MBs in the garage that are well maintained, but not rich by any means. I made the choice after college that I did not want to work on my primary vehicles and (minor projects aside) although I am capable, try to use the time with my family instead.
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I just got a used 06 CLK 350 that has 27,000 miles on it. As far as I know, all the service work has been done to it. I wonder how much these service 'A' and 'B' cost? What's involved? I mean when there's nothing wrong with other things on the car. I'm new to MB, so I was curious.
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Yep, he's also the same one who has to put the word "Cry" in his threads. What cracks me up is that he seems to think that only the dealer can pull a wheel off and inspect a brake pad.

And we're the morons?

Oh, well, it's the holidays, time for him to spread more joy and good cheer, eh?

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I don't understand the OPs intent. If you own a M-B, you have 4 choices when it comes to maintenance:

1) Do it yourself
2) Take it to an indy
3) Take it to a dealer
4) Drive it until it dies

Case closed.

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Just might be a minor case of posting while intoxicated.

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Let's not overlook the fact that there are Mercedes owners who might be kindly referred to as "morons."

I recall overhearing a conversation in a Mercedes showroom where the potential buyer was convinced that the E500 must be better than the E55 because 500 is a bigger number.

There's no shortage of Mercedes owners who religiously schedule and deliver their motorcars to the dealership's service advisors. As the cars become more complex and require extraordinary tools and training, it makes it less likely that an owner will be able to maintain or repair them. One day, there won't be hoods, just a panel with a tamper seal that only "certified personnel" will have access to.
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Just might be a minor case of posting while intoxicated.
Cooincidentally, that condition might also explain both the difficulty in locating a loose ground wire and reading a wiring diagram...

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Cooincidentally, that condition might also explain both the difficulty in locating a loose ground wire and reading a wiring diagram...
Substance abuse is sad.

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