To recapitulate: the car (B200) went into Mercedes Nanaimo Thursday for a last-minute service - I felt the front calipers were dragging, the engine mounts were punky, all the brake discs and pads were all worn out and Mercedes offered a new recall of the exhaust manifold/downpipe/dual catalysts. And Friday night we had to be in Penticton.
The brake work was fine although in the interests of time and for want of parts supply they sourced the two rebuilt caliper assemblies from a jobber in town rather than the dealer network. 4 discs, 8 pads, two calipers. Not cheap.
The exhaust recall was going fine for half a minute but the main exhaust system hanger under the resonator (not being replaced) crumbled into fine powder and the mechanic was bonked on the head by the pipe. Nothing grave.....anyway the dissolved part was not in stock and in fact the part is back-ordered in Germany with some cars waiting 4 months. Think of Mercedes' thought process here: we have to replace tens of thousands of front exhaust systems on 10-15 year old cars. Let's just order the pipes, the rest will still be perfect. Umm no. Low bidder clamps and resonator holders and cylinder head manifold bolts are apparently de rigeur at Daimler. The bolts were also sourced locally. And the virtual Unterflurmotor design of the W245 ensures that at least four of them are nearly inaccessible. Anyway a nice interim repair in Mechanic's Wire (a.k.a. Rube Goldberg's pride) holds the central part of the exhaust in place, under the resonator.
The engine mounts were checked too. Left front one sheared, other three very punky. Ordered those in, will have them installed soon.
After waiting until almost 4 PM Friday we bailed the car out of the dealer for a little less money than I expected and made a 5 PM ferry. Arrived in Penticton just before 11:30 PM. We're all good now! If the other engine mounts don't shear