Few Dealer mechanics care to do anything other than Flat Rate parts changing in order
to make nearly $100,000/year for the 20 odd years they can keep up the pace.
I'm proud to not be an uncaring boob like that. Yesterday I spent several hours sorting out the taillights,
brake lights and turn signals for a Vintage car owner who'd foolishly messed with the wires.
Everyone standing around watching me, kept insisting I cut wires, install splices etc. etc. when all that was needed was to spend some time sorting out what faded no color code wire went where.
In the end, everything worked *perfectly* like it did in 1959 again and no one can tell I was there.
I intensely dislike leaving "Mechanics Marks".
Good for you!
Such excelent mechanics are indeed hard to find, especially nowadays.
When I took my used 2005 CDI down to the dealership where it had been serviced for almost
seven years and asked the service writer what had been done and what was needed to be
done, I got "It had the 'spark plugs' changed at 103k miles but they should be cleaned now."
This after showing him the new injector I had recently changed out myself because of the
dreaded 'black death'.
So I have now way to tell if the tranny has ever been serviced, etc.!
Now because they have people like that working there and they will NOT give me the service
history or my car,
although there is at least one good tech. I talked there, I will not go near the place.
Imagine, it had the failed thermostat that so many CDIs seem to have and no one had noticed?
How hard is it to glance at the temperature gauge and notice that it is not moving above 40 degrees C.?
There is absolutely no comparison between Riverside and the original servicing dealer in Escondido.
The differences between those dealerships is like night and day.
Riverside bends over backwards to do everything correctly the first time, but the folks
at Escondido could not care less. 'Sparks plugs' in a diesel? You get the picture.
$435 to install a small Satallite radio antenna including $125 just to paint it?
Perhaps you may understand why I go to Riverside for everything now.
Speaking of that 1959 190, I had a (used) 1961 190 D/b in 1966 that the entire wiring harness had to be replaced because it burned all the way up to the ignition switch.
Lived in Santa Monica at that time, and the local dealership there on Wilshirer Blvd. did a good job.
Only took 'em one week, but the wiring harness had to be sent from Germany so that was not bad at all.
Insurance paid for the entire job except for the switch which they said caused the fire.
That did not cause the fire but that's an entirely different story all by itself.
So all I paid for was a new switch, about $30 IF I recall correctly. I felt I came out like a bandit at that time.
Do you work privately on customers' cars?