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04 C320 fuel filter

My wife scheduled a Service A (quoted @ $250) on her 2004 C320 4matic (w/ 60K) at our local dealer for next week. After speaking to a service advisor it was recommended we have the fuel filter and air filter changed too. The cost to change the fuel filter alone is $250, parts and labor included. My question is, has anyone replaced this themselves?
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I bought Bosch W203 Fuel Filter for $35. To change, I guess you have to go underneath the car...so I would think that together (labor and filter) should cost less than $250.
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For some reason MB dealers all seem to charge a small fortune for replacing a fuel filter. They are pretty expensive for most other things too but the FF markup is ridiculous. The part for my car is $40 online and IIRC my dealer charges ~$200 for just the part and the labor would probably be at least $50 so the same as they quoted your wife. You can do this yourself, but it's a bit more involved than I want to tackle.

For what this is worth, I have seen others recommend that mine (E320 and same engine) needs to be replaced at 60,000 miles too. I have no symptoms and others recommend those at 100,000 so you can guess whose advice I am following.

For the air filter, open the airbox and have a look at that. I think those are typically replaced on the B services. Online they are $15 and dealers charge over $30 but these are EASY!

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For some reason MB dealers all seem to charge a small fortune for replacing a fuel filter. They are pretty expensive for most other things too but the FF markup is ridiculous. The part for my car is $40 online and IIRC my dealer charges ~$200 for just the part and the labor would probably be at least $50 so the same as they quoted your wife. You can do this yourself, but it's a bit more involved than I want to tackle.

For what this is worth, I have seen others recommend that mine (E320 and same engine) needs to be replaced at 60,000 miles too. I have no symptoms and others recommend those at 100,000 so you can guess whose advice I am following.

For the air filter, open the airbox and have a look at that. I think those are typically replaced on the B services. Online they are $15 and dealers charge over $30 but these are EASY!
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Why not check your maintenance booklet and get informed?

Recently Mercedes fuel filter change interval is 150K miles. I'd just refuse the service.

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I just purchased a Chilton Mercedes repair manual for $20 on the web. It gives great information on all basic and major repairs and maintenance for the c-class including the fuel filter. Basically the vehicle must be lifted to work under the left side of the vehicle. Remove the skid plate, remove the four fuel line clips by cutting them off the line with cutters, remove and replace the filter, reinstall four new clamps with a crimping tool purchased at any auto parts store.
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