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Hello all
First Mercedes venture, long time BMW owner but was looking for a 3row and ended up with a really nice 2006 R350.
- metallic pewter exterior
- macademia interior (palomino)
- panoramic roof
- navigation
- Harman Kardon
- leather heated seats
- lift gate
- rear self leveling (no full
- 83k
And maybe a few more things

I'm mechanically inclined worked at auto shops many years ago, so like to learn and do as much as possible myself but know my limits. So far I've done a few things, seem to be common issues:

- took it to the dealer for a transmission service and and oil change. They also checked out the whole car, nothing major found just a few things that I took care of below.
- replaced leaky o-ring in Power steering reservoir, new one was different shape obviously a factory issue as old one was not worn out. No more leak.
- replaced all four cam magnets, the two exhaust where throwing a code: p0015 and P0025, other two changed as a precausion as originals seem to fail, no more Codes now
- replaced both rear suspension bags with arnott ones, car now level all the time, compressor working less, was a simple task.
-replaced all 3 cam plugs,dealer said where leaking, I didn't see evidence but done now anyway.
- replaced air filter
- parking break lever was missing, installed new one.
- will replace the cabin filter next

The car looks like new inside and out, been asked if it was new a couple of times , but has 80k miles.
I'm happy with it and found the few things I did surprisingly easy to do. Not crazy about paying $460 for a transmission service but thought it best to trust the dealer on that one. Its my wife's main car now but off course it my job to keep things proper.
I'll be posting questions soon I'm sure, so far I've learned a lot from this forum , thank you all!

Sergio
Houston tx
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Hello all
First Mercedes venture, long time BMW owner but was looking for a 3row and ended up with a really nice 2006 R350.
- metallic pewter exterior
- macademia interior (palomino)
- panoramic roof
- navigation
- Harman Kardon
- leather heated seats
- lift gate
- rear self leveling (no full
- 83k
And maybe a few more things

I'm mechanically inclined worked at auto shops many years ago, so like to learn and do as much as possible myself but know my limits. So far I've done a few things, seem to be common issues:

- took it to the dealer for a transmission service and and oil change. They also checked out the whole car, nothing major found just a few things that I took care of below.
- replaced leaky o-ring in Power steering reservoir, new one was different shape obviously a factory issue as old one was not worn out. No more leak.
- replaced all four cam magnets, the two exhaust where throwing a code: p0015 and P0025, other two changed as a precausion as originals seem to fail, no more Codes now
- replaced both rear suspension bags with arnott ones, car now level all the time, compressor working less, was a simple task.
-replaced all 3 cam plugs,dealer said where leaking, I didn't see evidence but done now anyway.
- replaced air filter
- parking break lever was missing, installed new one.
- will replace the cabin filter next

The car looks like new inside and out, been asked if it was new a couple of times , but has 80k miles.
I'm happy with it and found the few things I did surprisingly easy to do. Not crazy about paying $460 for a transmission service but thought it best to trust the dealer on that one. Its my wife's main car now but off course it my job to keep things proper.
I'll be posting questions soon I'm sure, so far I've learned a lot from this forum , thank you all!

Sergio
Houston tx
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Me and you are in the same boat. I purchased an alabaster white version around the 5th and so far love it. I took it in for inspection and the only issues they found were one of the cam postion sensors posted a code at one point in time, the battery was sending low voltage (original battery) and the cam plugs had a slow leak. I just put $90 of Royal Purple oil in it and opted to wait until the next oil change to replace them. For the battery, low voltage seems to cause some issues in these models so I did put a new battery in it today. I have read some posts about how difficult it is to replace the battery but thought otherwise after it was done. The hardest part about changing it was physically pulling the old battery out because it must weight about 50lbs. Like most people will say to pay some to do it, that is not me and I would definitely recommend to do it yourself. I wasn't too excited about the $260 battery. Overall I am very happy with the vehicle!
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