I have a 2000 CLK-430 with 98k on it. Although it dose not need Front Shocks right away, I just wanted to beat it to the punch. Now this price dose not come from a Dealership...(I Never go to Dealerships) but my mechanic I've known for quite sometime. I was quoted that to replace the front shocks would run me in the area of 900.00 dollars......Dose that sound correct??
1. You can't put HD's on all four corners.
2. $900 is ridiculous for front shocks--dealership level larceny. It's also very steep for 4 shocks.
You can get all four shocks for $347.23. The two front Bilstein HD's are $200.20 for the pair. That shop is charging you $700 to install 2 shocks. Takes about 30 minutes for each at a good amateur pace. That rate works out to $700 an hour. Holy cow, why go to law school. Nice pay, if you can get it. If you've known that wrench for quite some time, then he has been cleaning up on you. You might be better off going to a dealer.
$900 is very steep for 4 shocks. At $347.23 for the shocks, then that still works out at $238 and hour, for installing shocks.
It's not rocket science.
Here's some info to help you with this purchase.
Can not put HD's on all four corners, because
Bilstein does not make an HD companion shock for rear of a W208.
Here is the usual set up when you want HD up front:
Front: BE3-2598-H0 (FRONT RIGHT&LEFT) these are HD, rev. # 24-025980, yellow.
Rear: B36-1857-H0 (REAR RIGHT&LEFT) these are touring, rev. # 24-018579, black.
Got the fronts at Dons Sport Vehicle Sales at eshocks.com $100.10 x2, free ship $200.20
Got the rears on ebay, $65.97 each, 131.94, 15.09 shipping: $147.03
Difference between Bilstein Sport and HD:
HD & Sports (for our car) have the SAME valving. The difference is that the Sports have a 1" shorter shaft and are meant for lowering applications of more than 1".
If I still have the photos, then will do an instructional on this job.