BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2005 S55; 2003 ML350; 2002 C240; 1997 C280 Sport; 1991 300SL; 1986 190e 2.3 16V (2); 1968 W30 442
Location: South of the North Pole
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A 2003 is not a bad vehicle.
Respraying the rear bumper cover should not cost alot of money. You can save some by pulling the cover off yourself. Just climb underneath and unbolt the thing. But then you have to bring back and then reinstall the freshly painted cover without scratching it. So, just let the body shop take care of it.
I would never ever never bring my car to a stealership ever again. My experience. I do most of my own work anyway, but if I was going to have something done, I would use a reputable Indy, especially a small one or two man shop. They need you to come back as a return happy customer.
You should be able to go 100k on plugs. But, they are not that expensive. Change them now or at least before 100k.
Change the oil, use Mobil 1 Gold Cap.
Get the trans fluid changed if Dad did not yet.
You can get a spare key from the dealer, but it will be expensive - try Rusty at mbparts.biz. He or the dealer will need a copy of your title/registration to process the order.
Get the alignment checked, replace any worn parts. I like using an Indy, but others prefer dealers for the alignment. I myself never had any luck with any dealership's alignment, and I found a local Indy that is very particular about tires, wheels, and suspension.
1997 C280 Sport
1986 190e 2.3 16V (2)
1968 W30 442
1988 46' Cougar US1 with Triple blown 572s
Warming the Globe, 24 Cylinders at a Time
Point me to a 126 wagon in the States PLEASE!