Here's how I spent $3000 in the last two weeks: Driving along the NJ Turnpike and the car starts to harmonically bounce at every pavement break until I'm almost hitting the roof. I bring it to the Mobil station (Remember, I'm no longer go to THE DEALERSHIP) --- and ask them about new shocks. Four shocks and $1100 later, and Four tires and $500 more, and I'm back on the road --- but the car still bounces, but now the AC doesn't work --- just blowing hot air. Bring the car to my wife's foreign car specialist place (that she swears by, when she's not swearing at) to have them fix the AC and take a look at whether the Mobil station actually replaced the shocks. The car can now be bounced to almost where the muffler touches the ground. These guys can fix the AC (a gasket at the compressor)and do for $165, and they assure me the shocks are brand new and appropriate, but they don't know enough about MBs to go much further. They recommend an MB specialist. NOW THIS PART REALLY POs ME --- I've owned an MB for 15 years on Staten Island and no one told me about this place, even though I've asked for exactly this type of repair shop; MBs are all they work on! OK, so I go to them, but now the car is as tight as a rock (too tight) and on the way there the AC won't shut off and is making a galloping sound. Turns out the shocks probably never needed to be replaced but the 'accumulators (sp?)' did --- that's a $700 repair --- and BTW the climate control's shot --- another $700. Now what to do? Can't go back to Mobil --- they DID replace the shocks. Can't go back to the foreign car specialist --- they'd claim they never broke the Climate Control.