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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All
I'm new to Mercedes. A few weeks ago my wife and I bought a 2008 clk200 kompressor We love the car so much I decided to get another Mercedes for myself so.
I bought a 03 ml350 and love it..

After buying I took it to a Merc dealer for a b service and complete check up for piece of mind. They confirmed the car is in great condition with no fault codes displayed. But told me it will need a new power steering fitted at a cost of over $3000. And to do it very soon. So I then took it to a independent merc specialist for a quote, they said the power steering is perfect and does not need doing..
So I won't be going back to Mercedes dealers for services again. But I had a feeling they would try and rip me off from reading this forum before I purchaced my cars.
I've just bought a set of 01 ml55 amg wheels to put on the ml350. And have a few questions so I will make my first post shortly about wheel fitting.

I've been reading this forum for a few weeks now and have fount it very informative, so now that I'm a merc owner I had to join.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 02:11 AM
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MB dealer service departments lost my trust years ago - still up to their old tricks, I see. You made a good decision to get a second opinion from an independent. If I listened to everything my dealer's service advisor told me, I would have replaced 2 torsion bars, 2 front lower ball joints, a torsion bar bearing bracket, engine & transmission mounts, and a battery (16 months ago) by now. All those parts are still working fine.

Nevertheless, I have had all my servicing done by dealers so far. I enjoy the "free" loaner cars, lunches, car washes, and invitations to special events. I've become good at saying no to service advisors.

Welcome to the forum.
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