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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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I drove my 85 300 TD (128,000 miles) from Tucson to LA this week. While I was there, the car developed a clicking noise that concerned me. I posted to the 123 forum, and stopped by a couple if independent shops in the Inland Empire area today, and was not impressed. I had to drive back to Tucson, and was worried that it could be a valve, timing or transmission problem. I definately did not want to break down in the middle of the desert at night.

I ended up taking it to Walter's Mecedes Benz (a dealer) in Riverside, and I am glad that I did!

Darryl Wheeler, their Classic Car Team Leader took a ride around the block with me and immediately diagnosed the problem as a bad bushing in the tranny linkage, causing the linkage to vibrate against the tranny.

He gave me an estimate of $128, and I said ok.

He repaired it for $92, and while he was at it he:

Went over the entire car and made suggestions of things that should eventually be improved (engine mounts, ball joints)

Completely adjusted the transmission and linkage (shifts like it is brand new)

Replaced a leaking fuel line

Adjusted the steering box

Even cleaned the windshield!

I can't say enough about what a great job that he did. I live 450 miles from this dealership. They knew that I would probably never be back, yet they went way over and above the call of duty for me.

If I ever see the need to service, and can tie it into a drive to LA, I will be scheduling an appointment with Darryl.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 12:47 PM
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Good to know!
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I'll second the Walters recommendation. I have dealt with the parts department several times over the years and it has always been a good experience.
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Question, so are you saying this dealership does not fit the standard "Stealer" definition. Are they a form of Indy.
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They have to use the official parts, so parts cost is higher than an indy, but Darrell in the service department is a certified MB master tech and will go over and above. Make sure that you ask for him.
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Walters is top notch! Two repairs so far and both have exceeded my expectations in service.
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I had opposite experience

A young man told me he could not help me since my car and myself where obviously older than him. OMG! Walters seems pricey but it is a dealer. Perhaps that guy is no longer there, but Ill ask next time becauise I could not even get them to help me look at some fuses or test them. I was given a paper prinout with a diagram. Didn't they realize I am just a girl. LOL
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Found a great Mercedes servicre out in Temecula. He is mobile and very reasonable bringing all his equipment right to your door.. Former Manager at the Dealers and very knowledgeable.
Here is the website for contact. Mobile Mercedes Benz Specialist, Temecula CA
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Good info for us Riversider's...

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... AUTOHAUS FRANKFURT here is Temecula, great service and good people

been with them for about 6 yrs now since moving from hawaii
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