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AC hose (compressor to condenser) part number

Starting a new thread since I left the AC system as was for a while after replacing the condenser and receiver-drier. I just took the car to a local mechanic to check the leak. He said it was the AC hose from compressor to condenser. He also said that he might not be able to get the part since the dealer (or whoever he went to) said that there's only one part in the country. I'm trying to research the part but my favorite site no longer works. Do you know the part number for this hose? I recall this high pressure hose being very difficult to take off the old condenser and put back on the new one. I'd like to take it off again and inspect the threads. If the condenser threads are ok, then I should be able to get away with just replacing the hose.

Overall, the mechanic quoted me over $900 to replace this hose, condenser and a recharge. That sounds kind of high to me and I think the threads on the condenser might be ok. He mentioned that the hose was over $200 by itself. The condenser was definately cheaper (I recall less than $90 from fcpeuro.com).

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I think I need the hose marked #14 in the image below:

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Think I found it. Item #14 above is called a "suction hose" and its around $215:

https://www.mercedespartscenter.com/...&siteid=215720

Part number for this is 1042304856.

Edit: Just called Mercedes of Paramus (NJ) and the guy said that his computer showed only one part available in the US. They wanted to charge me a little over $300. Don't know why the diff from that and the $215 I saw on Mercedes of Wappingers Falls but thats what it is. Maybe I need to hit up a dump site local to me. Yeeay....
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My local MB dealer has started to charge over list for parts .... all the old people are gone .. so my ability to get fair prices is over locally. I made a stink when I was buying recently ... but, I only got just under list. Most of the time I'm not time sensitive -- so it's online for me. Looks like Paramus is charging list ... snag it online before it's gone.

We used to have two hose rebuilders locally - both closed. There is just not as much work for these guys -- must be someone in NJ with all the activity in north jersey.
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It's not just them, all prices have gone up.

You can thank trump for that. Over the last few months, I've seen prices go up by 15-20% for common part that used to be the same price forever.

W209 AMG brake pads used to be $440 cost, $520 list. Now over $500 cost, $580 list. Same brand, same manufacturer, same vendor. That's just one example.
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It's not just them, all prices have gone up.

You can thank trump for that. Over the last few months, I've seen prices go up by 15-20% for common part that used to be the same price forever.

W209 AMG brake pads used to be $440 cost, $520 list. Now over $500 cost, $580 list. Same brand, same manufacturer, same vendor. That's just one example.
Prices change ... MB is famous for upping prices when stocks falls or they have to remanufacture and the new cost is established. Paying over list is not something I want to do regardless.
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Those hoses can be repaired. Look for AC or hydraulic hose repair.
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I ended up buying from a dude in the UK on Ebay for $126.10 including shipping. It might take up to 2 weeks to get will see. Lesson learned was not to keep tightening if you feel the end is difficult to go on. Will probably need to source another condenser but want to make sure that I get the hose first.

The guy I talked to at MB of Wappingers Falls quoted me over $900 for a part. He mentioned the line from compressor to diverter valve which is incorrect. I think he meant compressor to evaporator? Either case, he's insane if he thinks I'll pay $900 for any AC part. You can probably replace the entire system for that cost. He also would not give the part number over the phone. They're all playing the let's see if we can charge as much as possible game which is pure BS...
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The line from the compressor gets all the heat and pressure -- not unusual for it to fail. Yes -- they seal with an "O" ring .... not force.

I got the Nissens evaporator and OE R/D from Autohaus -- my independent did the install and charge. Make sure the mounting parts for the evaporator are in good shape. Works better than new.
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