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Old 02-20-2009, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2005 C230K battery change; DIY or pay??

I had my car in for B-service today and was told that the battery failed the test and needed to be replaced. Naturally I declined assuming that I could find a good battery somewhere and do it myself but the more I read the more I question that idea.

Is it worth the savings (I was quoted $194 installed at MB, and I figure it will cost at least $110 for a good battery at autozone, etc.) to track one of these down and do it myself, or is it enough of a waste of time and hassle to just call roadside assistance? BTW, does roadside assistance a warranty thing or a MB ownership thing (I'm out of warranty).

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Old 02-21-2009, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That price seems pretty fair. I would have thought it would be 2 - 3 times more. I have heard that some times when a battery is changed on this car that there may be "things" that need to be reset, so that price seems very fair.

Of course if it is your typical battery change I would just do it myself. I would think a battery would be around $85 at the auto parts store.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bought at auto zone battery for wife's C 230 and after 4 years still running great for under 100 dollars.

DIY DEFINITELY!
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok, so I got lazy and called MB roadside and got it installed in my garage for $150. The best part is that instead of waste time with the battery I mowed the yard while it was put in.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, this is a little known benefit, it's better to call roadside assistance for a new battery than paying a dealer to do it or doing it yourself. This applies to all MB's, all ages, regardless of warranty or not. I did this on my kid's SLK230 a few months back, $135 installed.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I also had one replaced by MB Roadside Assistance as well....

actually I had called the MB dealer's parts dept to ask about the price of a new battery...

however, the parts guy to me it's cheaper if I just called Roadside Assistance.
which was true.... the parts dept sold it for $135. Roadside Assistance guy
came out in their spanking new G550 rescue vehicle(!) and installed the battery
in my garage. only charged me $120.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Does anyone have a DIY for changing the battery on the 2005 C230? I'm new on here and my battery is dead this morning. I don't even know the number for the roadside assistance... please help asap!!! Thanks first.
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IIRC, the Roadside Assistance rules have changed so that unless you are the original owner or you bought the car from an authorized MB dealer, you are not covered anymore.

But you can always try. The number is 1-800-FOR MERCEDES.
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TexFinn is mostly right and IIRC too, if you have paid at least $100 for dealer service in the last 12 months you have coverage.
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