BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jun 2007
Vehicle: 1984 380 SE Lapis Blue with dark tan leather interior
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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I could not fathom going to a Mercedes-Benz dealer on an older car, for any reason. If you do, be fully prepared to grab your ankles and breathe deep, 'cause you're gonna get the high hard one. There are plenty of independents who have left the dealers to start their own shop. Referrals are always the better way to go. Best to look for an independent before you need one, then you aren't panicked when something happens to the ole girl and you don't know where to turn.
Case in point; I found a solid MB mechanic before I even bought mine. Once bought, he looked it over (1984 380 SE) and told me all was well, but that I should probably want to change the timing chain guide, as the plastic ones break. Naturally, I told him thanks, but no thanks. 6 months later ... the timing chain guide breaks - blew a hole in the valve cover -- engine dead. He rebuilt the whole friggin' engine for $2800 bucks. It now runs like a bat-out-of-hell, with more pick-up than it ever had. Dealer would have charge me $5000-$6000, even if they could do it. Find an independent!!!