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Date registered: Jun 2011
Vehicle: 2003 E-320 Sedan
Location: Phoenix - thankfully MB makes good A/C systems
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Why they're called "STEALER-SHIPS" ...
Thought you'd enjoy this lesson learned ...
The access cover underneath my W211 came loose ... needed to replace two small bolts & their adjoining anchors (M-B calls them lock rings). Very common items, but I decided to go original and dropped in at the parts counter of my local M-B dealer.
After looking up the numbers (everything has a number these days - even the crush washers for oil drain plugs) the parts guy said, â€œ$10 bucks - and change."
I shoved a ten at him and he shoved one bolt and one anchor at me ... I said I needed two of each ... he said, "$20 bucks - and change. I only quoted you for one."
I said, "How much for each of those items?" He said, "Bolts - $5.78, anchors - $5.01."
After I changed my pants (I had an extra pair in the car), I bought 2 anchors and drove immediately to ACE Hardware, where I procured the remaining 2 bolts for a total of $.31 - including tax. That's right ... the 2 bolts for 31 cents!
I should have bought the anchors @ ACE also and then taken the OEM parts back for a refund, but heck - M-B probably needs the money more than I do!