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Date registered: Feb 2011
Vehicle: 1973 220D, 1988 300SEL, 1991 300TE
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OK - So I have owned my 1973 220d for 40 years and I have been unable to start it because of a bad glow plug once. Actually not even once since I did happen to have a volt meter and could tell which one was bad and then jump it with a jumper cable (just using one end I put the clip part over the whole thing so it was shorted) and the car started right up.
Failing glow plugs are not really a big issue (in my experience anyway) I do take my car to a MB Factory authorized service center and they will almost certainly use MB parts unless they are not available (highly unlikely) and they have certainly changed them proactively at some point, probably several times over the years. Yes this means I have spent several times the $6,800 the car cost new. And the fact the only time my car has not started was where I had left the lights on and twice I ran out of fuel makes it all worth while.
62.60 is their price (does not include shipping if any) - if you use the list price it's 144.00; maybe this mechanic is taking a markup on parts or is too busy to be bothered to order from anyone besides the MB dealer but does it matter? If the price is $200 or 250 - if the guy does good work and uses top quality parts then the question is - is it worth it to you? If it were me I'd do it - there have been times when I had less cash on hand and then I might try to change them myself using cheaper parts but that's not the me of today.