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This is the list of things they say I need to replace...
- oil pressure plate reseal
- rear crank seal is leaking
- lower ball joints have play
- motor and trans mounts are worn
(all service items are due by time and or mileage)

Of course, there is never any smell of oil or spillage on the ground. Anyone have similar shakedowns?
 

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Happens all the time. I had a car once that I just changed the timing belt. Got an oil change and the service dude said I needed a new timing belt. I asked how he knew that. He said they inspected it. I called him a liar and notified him that I had already changed it the week before. I also used a few choice profane words to describe him in front of the other customers...
 

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In fairness, if your motor/transmission mounts and ball joints are original, they're worn out. You're probably also having a little oil seepage out of those seals - it isn't at all uncommon - but not enough to cause dripping or a burning oil smell.

If the dealer doesn't "know" your car - if there isn't an accumulated service history where they can see items having been changed - they will often try to get you to bite on services based on time/mileage. Its up to you to know what you've done to your car because in many cases they won't inspect items, they'll just recommend on intervals.

One of my biggest frustrations was with Honda back when I and my family used to have a number of them. Honda had a service recommendation on replacing the timing belt and every dealer I ever took a Honda to over 10 years always tried to upsell me on the water pump at the same time, as it was only 30 minutes more labour and they were already in there, so I may as well do it as a preventative measure. It was one of the most foolish things I've ever heard from a dealer.
 

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Honda had a service recommendation on replacing the timing belt and every dealer I ever took a Honda to over 10 years always tried to upsell me on the water pump at the same time, as it was only 30 minutes more labour and they were already in there, so I may as well do it as a preventative measure. It was one of the most foolish things I've ever heard from a dealer.
Actually it was good advice as to change the pump they would have to R&R the belt etc. If your belt needs replacing chances are that your pump does too and it's a lot cheaper doing at that time.
 

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First, Mercedes mechanical parts leaks and weep from many and sundry orifices.

Second, if you don't see puddles and are not always adding fluids, then you don't have a leak, you have a weep.

Third, if you're concerned, get someone you trust to look at your car. Doesn't have to be a Mercedes dealer or specialist. Your Mercedes is just a car, anyone can check the things they mentioned. Bring it someplace and pay for them to check over the car, and do not say anything about the things the dealer mentioned. Let the mechanic find it.

Finally, shops use oil changes to generate other business, whether it is real or imagined.
 

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Also, one New York City mile is equal to 10 Maryland miles (at least where I live). Don't replace parts by miles, replace parts if they are worn.
 

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Actually it was good advice as to change the pump they would have to R&R the belt etc. If your belt needs replacing chances are that your pump does too and it's a lot cheaper doing at that time.
It is simply ridiculous advice. I've run several Hondas up over 250,000 kms, changing the timing belts at the recommended intervals (96,000 kms each) and have never changed the water pump - never had a failure either. It isn't in the factory recommendations on any of the cars I owned. It is nothing but a dealer cashgrab.
 

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Jeez.....I've generally have water pumps go own their own. When I'm in the 150k mile range and I'm doing a timing belt DIY, I'll replace the water pump for an extra $30-$60.
 

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True enough. If 1st timing belt replacement is at 60k miles, I wouldn't replace the pump. I would at 120k, and then at 240k, etc.

I just did the timing belt on a 525i that I picked up last year. Had 175k on it and BMW recommends replacing the timing belt every 45k. Since the PO didn't provide all the service records, I replaced the pump while I was in there.I won't touch the pump at 220k miles when I do the belt again.
 
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