Date registered: Jul 2013
Vehicle: 2009 E320
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Thank you, Aeubank. My battery though, seems OK since I jumped it, then let the car run for an hour the other day. Since then, I've been checking it every day before starting, and it's been hovering at ~12.3-12.5.
In any event, I'd avoiding going to a dealer around here like the plague: I bought the car from a dealer in the D.C. area. There's two dealers equal distance from me, one in Cincinnati, and a newer one in northern Kentucky.
I went to the Cincinnati dealer to have a "C" service performed. They were cold, impersonal, and acted blasť about things I was concerned with on my car, plus no loaner car was offered. Worse, I told the service writer that there was a rubbing noise from the right front wheel that I could hear/feel when the car was at speed on curves. When I picked up the car, I was told there was nothing wrong with it, and they could hear no noise. Later, I looked at the mileage on the ticket and compared it to the car, and realized they had not even driven it to check for noise. All that's not horrible (they could have tried to check for a noise causing condition with equipment) but what convinced me I would be flat-out robbed by them was when I asked about doing the 40k transmission flush early, I was quoted $1,000. Having already read Scott52's great write-up on flushing that transmission, I knew that $1,000 was way too much money -- probably a $700 to $800 gouge.
OK, so a couple months later, I went to the Kentucky dealer. Warm, friendly, concerned, and asked me if they could pick-up the car, and leave me a loaner. I asked about the tranny flush, and they quoted $400. Went back in a time or two after that, same type of customer service, always a loaner car.
Then I looked on the transmission ticket, and saw that they only used 6 quarts of fluid (it takes ~10). The service writer calls the head tech in, and quizzes him, and the tech states: "Mercedes doesn't recommend flushing out all the fluid." Obviously a bald-faced lie! Now if the service writer (who practically winced when he heard the tech's explanation) would have stood-up for me, I would have considered going back to have my car serviced there forever; however, since he did not, I'll never be able to trust anything they say again.
So I do appreciate your recommendation, but considering the prices Cetialpha5 quoted on batteries and where they can be found, when I need to replace mine, I'll be going to Autozone. For over 15 years, I've used Autozone batteries for my Saabs and for my old '80 300TD I used to have, and always got great service, so I'm glad to know they sell these AGM batteries.