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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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my name is Magnus, We've had many different Mercedes cars in our family over the years: 2x W116, 3x W123, 1x W124, 1x W210, 1x S210, 1x W168, 1x R109. I currently own a 2002 W211 E 270 CDI automatic.

I used to be a fan of the brand, but my opinion has changed after experiences with reliability issues and low build quality on the S210, the W168, and especially my current car, with which I'm extremely dissatisfied.

First I had a torque converter failure, which shouldn't have happened at all given the car's low mileage at the time, full service history, and careful driving style. This was a very expensive repair, and Mercedes-Benz politely declined my request for extended warranty. I didn't replace the radiator at this time, as there was no glycol in the ATF at this point (see below), and it would have cost another 1000 EUR.

Shortly after, the rear suspension springs broke, also an abnormal defect at that mileage. When the dealer was replacing the springs, which are like a 30 EUR part, it turned out that all the mounting bolts were rusted solidly in place, so it took them a lot more time than normal to dismantle. MB again refused to intervene in the costs, so it cost me about 900 EUR for the extended labor costs on what should normally be a simple job.

After the torque convertor replacement, I had the feeling that the transmission was never quite 100%, there were still occasional slight vibrations. After about two years, the transmission started to vibrate more, and since I recognized this as beginning torque converter failure from the last time, I took the car to the dealer. This time, there's the infamous and well-known leak in the Valeo radiator resulting in glycol contamination in the ATF.

In order to save costs, I'm currently attempting to replace the radiator myself before proceeding with further repairs, but I'm having a hard time removing it. Does anyone here have any experience with this?
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