|02-20-2009, 08:49 PM||#1 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jul 2008
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).
|02-21-2009, 05:33 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: 05' C230 sold Sept, 09 05' Ford F-150 XLT
Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
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.
|02-23-2009, 01:07 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: C230K Sport Sedan
Location: The O.C.
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.
|02-23-2009, 08:55 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: '99 E320, '01 E320 wagon, '01 E320
Location: State with no MB dealer
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.
|01-20-2012, 08:42 AM||#7 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jan 2012
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.
|01-20-2012, 09:06 AM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jun 2009
Vehicle: 87 MB 420SEL, 01 Silverado ECSB, 01 BMW 330i, 02 Pontiac Bonneville, 05 MB C230, 08 MB C350 Sport
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.
|01-20-2012, 09:09 AM||#10 (permalink)|
Lifetime Premium Member
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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