Date registered: Sep 2012
Vehicle: S500 and SLK 350
Location: Anna Maria Iasland , Florida and Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
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My wife runs a 350SLK which although 2005 has just 17k on the clock. Last year it started going moldy when we went a way for a few weeks. Then the electronics started to play up. It turns out the floor was getting soaking wet and the depth of the insulation stopped us from spotting the water. The water was getting into the connector block located on the floor by the drivers seat. We took the car to Mercedes Benz of Sarasota and they replaced the wiring by chopping an old loom apart and soldering in the replacement connector using heat shrink on the joints. This cost over $1K or about $40 perwire. They then quoted for fixing the A/C which they said did not work to include a new compressor, condenser and then trace the water leak which must have been coming from the A/C because it did not leak when it rained. They wanted to replace the carpets which seemed a bit stupid as a wash down with bleach cleaned off and killed the mold on the under side the top being unmarked. The up shot was a quote for in excess of $5K. I took it to Tanztech. Mike checked out the A/C located the drain pipe on the drivers side of the car which was leaking a $6 value and charged $86. We thought it was a good idea to drive the car around for a week with no carpet just to ensure the problem was fixed. The A/C worked fine. I ended up having a full service, fuel filter which means gas tank out, transmission service, brake fluid change, brake check, filters, coolant flush and yes he uses genuine Mercedes parts and coolants etc. The bill about $1K but remember the tank out bit is a big time eater and the part from Merc is not exactly cheap! I have a S500 and I had him do the same to that about $700. The gas filter being an easy swap out. His shop is very clean and tidy and professional. Let’s face it the guy is honest, $6 for a piece of pipe when he could have charged me for hours of labor stripping out and chasing the problem. I was originally sent to another shop on Cortez Road down near to the beach. It was a breakers yard and filthy not a place that inspired confidence. That is not to say the guy cannot fix a problem but I walked away. I can absolutely recommend Mike at Tanztech you will get a good honest job without being ripped off. You cannot say that very often!
Address: 6691 33rd St E, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone: (941) 727-1363
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