Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Mercedes dealers are not bound by any price list, they charge whatever they like. Call ten dealers, you'll get at least 8 different prices and it may vary by as much as 40%.
Have the car towed to a good INDIE MB shop (check the forum for a recommendation near you, scroll down and you'll see the section). They can source a warranted, Bosch rebuilt alternator for a good price that the dealer won't install, they'll just use a new one, which probably lists for about $800 (plus labor to install it).
If you actually need a battery, Pep Boys sells the Bosch brand for a good price. For my GF's CL the dealer wanted $260, it was $110 (before a rebate) at Pep Boys. I installed it in about fifteen minutes in their parking lot.
Shop around. Avoid the dealer, that's always the biggest hit.
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