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I have a used 2000 ML320, and upon getting an oil change today, was told that the transmission pan gasket needs to be replaced, as I have a transmission fluid leak. I was quoted about $380 for the job. I'm a newbie when it comes to mercedes - always had american cars (don't beat me up ). I'm loving the truck though! Is $380 an average price for something like this?

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Personally I'd get a second opinion. Particularly if you were having it serviced at a quickie lube place or other shop that is not well-familiar with MB.

These transmissions have a weak link, and that is the pilot bushing/adapter/connector at the right front of the transmission. When it leaks it can run all over (as well as up the harness to the TCM, where it wreaks other havoc).

It's inexpensive and easy to change as a DIY.

That said, a fluid and filter service on these can run anywhere from $220 (very low end) to $400. But the only place I'd let touch it would be a good indie shop (either an MB indie shop or a transmission shop that works on MB all the time).

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Thanks. I'm scared of those quick lube shops - heard too many horror stories. So scared that I was only going to let the dealer do it, but everything in my area was booked up. I found a reputable bmw/mercedes service center by the name of M-specs (in Queens, NY), who did the oil change for a few bucks less than the dealer. Actually I saw another mercedes center who wanted to charge about $200 for the oil change (way more than any of the dealers around me).. My uncle told me I'd be paying for the name with this car, didn't know how true that was until I started shopping around for just the oil change. haha. But back to the subject, m-specs specialize in bmw/mercedes. They gave me a labor quote of $160 / $40 filter / $180 for 9 qts of ATF
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As far as the oil change goes just so you know there are almost 9 quarts of Mobil 1 or other synthetic MB spec oil in there. A fleece filter and you can run the oil 7,000 to 10,000 miles. So in reality you are not really getting hammered on the price of the oil change even if it was $120. You can go two to three times as between changes long as something like my pickup truck that has only 5 quarts of oil in an engine almost twice the size of the ML320 engine.
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True. The dealer quoted me $129+tax for the oil change. I was cool with that - they were just booked. But when the indie shopped was like $200, I was like what?!
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That price from the indie is robbery.

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Dealers don't do oil changes. They do service according to FSS where oil change is just part of the job.
So when you compare - make sure you compare oranges to oranges.
Pan gasket cost $7 about 3 liters of MB ATF about $60 and it takes about 1/2 hr on jacks to do the job.
But read what CC said, The adapter has been determinate as "must" with any transmission service, so if the shop is not including it - time to find a shop who knows something about Mercedes.
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