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:mad:I just wanted to vent a little. Well, I took my SLK230 to the dealer for its 50,000 mile service. They did the service, and also found out that my motor, and transmistion mounts need to be replaced ($450.00) my spark plugs need to be replaced as well ($155.00) and my fuel filter, and cabin filters ($345.00) plus the brakes ($500.00). Well, i paid for the service, and the breaks ($900.00 for both), but holy crap! :eek: I also need new tires all the way around! I have owned my slk for a year now with no problems. I drive and maintain it very well. Maybe my wife miss treats it?:confused: What should I do! I also need to replace the breaks on my '03 C230 after I got it serviced last month! Mercedes-Benz is making a lot of money off of me this year on my two cars alone!
 

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Not to be a smart a$$ but, you may want to look around this site a little more because most of that you could have done yourself for a fraction of that. There are step by step how to's from very knowlegable guys on here to fix all those problems...cost is parts only and a little bit of your weekend. Check out the sticky's on the front page under tech tips and such. The only thing you might not find is tranny mount replace but, it could be there. No need to be Mr. Goodwrench to do most. My tip for the future.
 

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I`m a total noob and still manage to change the spark plugs, fuel filter and air filter myself, in 30 minutes.

NGK Spark Plugs - 12.95 x 4 = 52$
Hengst/Mahle-Knecht/Mann Air Filter 11.90$
Mahle-Knecht Fuel Filter 36.71$
 

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No, all I did was the service and the brakes because the breaks couldnt wait any longer. I was going to do it myslef, but It would have taken a couple of weeks for replacing if I did it. I left all the other stuff alone until I figure stuff out. I was just venting about how all of this stuff came out of nowhere, when before it was in tip-top shape and babied.
 

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No, all I did was the service and the brakes because the breaks couldnt wait any longer. I was going to do it myslef, but It would have taken a couple of weeks for replacing if I did it. I left all the other stuff alone until I figure stuff out. I was just venting about how all of this stuff came out of nowhere, when before it was in tip-top shape and babied.
How about that then... Feel better now :confused:

Bazzle :D
 

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I just replaced my cabin filter for 22 dollars and it took me 3 minutes. The spark plugs you can easily do yourself in 15 minutes for $50 at most. The brakes are also a DIY unless you don't want to get messy. I would suggest just buying the parts and getting a good indepedent to do the job. My guy has quoted me $200 to replace the engine and tramsmission mounts but I will supply the parts...already have them...engine mounts were $100; transmission mount was $20.

I just noticed you're in So. Cal. Which stealership did you go for these prices?
 

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Sympathy seems to be in short supply around here today...

But. We don't call 'em "stealerships" for nothing! Personally, I call it the "gold-plated enema."
 

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Thanks for our very very cheap DEALER :D They are only good for one thing and that's warenty issues. If you have a mercedes that dont some sort of warrenty and dont wanna do something yourself, start digging deep into your pocket :p
 

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I just replaced my cabin filter for 22 dollars and it took me 3 minutes. The spark plugs you can easily do yourself in 15 minutes for $50 at most. The brakes are also a DIY unless you don't want to get messy. I would suggest just buying the parts and getting a good indepedent to do the job. My guy has quoted me $200 to replace the engine and tramsmission mounts but I will supply the parts...already have them...engine mounts were $100; transmission mount was $20.

I just noticed you're in So. Cal. Which stealership did you go for these prices?
I got them from Hoen Mercedes in Carlsbad. thats where both of my cars were originaly bought. they are usually pretty good, until I came across this problem.
 

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I agree with all above - MB service is way overpriced, but fortunately our cars are not that sophisticated so you can save a lot by doing 90% of repairs yourself.

Another thing. Does anyone here at the forum exchanged their motor mounts that early (50kmi)? It just doesn't sound right to me...

BTW, does anyone know how to tell whether motor/tranny mounts are bad?
I know that on a car with auto tranny the symptom may be rough idle or even engine stall, but how about the one with the manual?
 

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Well, I pretty much have done those all myself, except for the motor mounts (indi shop did it - 120 for mounts I bought, 188 to replace), the fuel filter (this weekend or next) and the brakes (soon...). They are all do-able projects, given you have the right tools. You have all the knowledge of everybody on here, which is substantial.


As for the motor mounts, vibration is vibration - manual or auto. Mine always felt like a big-cam shafted 427 when putting it into reverse in the morning. I would suspect it would be the same for a manual.
 

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Thanks for all the posts guys. Some of you though, not so much :mad:. Like I said, I am just suprised that they want so much for something so simple. Whenever I have used this dealership before they were actually pretty reasonable with the prices (maybe under new management?). Im not saying I'm stupid enough to use the dealership for repairs, which is what most of you thought. I wanted to tell all of you how crazy the dealerships actually are (in case you didnt know);)

Anyway... We are all aldults here. There is no need for rude posts.
 

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Thanks for all the posts guys. Some of you though, not so much :mad:. Like I said, I am just suprised that they want so much for something so simple. Whenever I have used this dealership before they were actually pretty reasonable with the prices (maybe under new management?). Im not saying I'm stupid enough to use the dealership for repairs, which is what most of you thought. I wanted to tell all of you how crazy the dealerships actually are (in case you didnt know);)

Anyway... We are all aldults here. There is no need for rude posts.
My recommendation to you is find a Service advisor and stick to him. Explain to him the situation with regards to you feeling you are getting cheated during your last few services. It also never hurts to grease the wheel with a $20 it may pay off in the long run. As an service advisor, I know the system 1st hand and this does work. I can't speak for all advisors, but i do have a heart and can relate 1st hand to the economic situations out there(sometimes LOL) :cool::surrender: However, there are other advisors which will dig and dig for every last penny you have.

Good luck,
Dan
 

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Thanks for all the posts guys. Some of you though, not so much :mad:. Like I said, I am just suprised that they want so much for something so simple. Whenever I have used this dealership before they were actually pretty reasonable with the prices (maybe under new management?). I’m not saying I'm stupid enough to use the dealership for repairs, which is what most of you thought. I wanted to tell all of you how crazy the dealerships actually are (in case you didn’t know) ;)

Anyway... We are all adults here. There is no need for rude posts.
Don't take the posts as rude, as many here have had the "Fickle Finger of Fate" stuck where the sun don't shine just as you seem to have... :D

If I recall, the last time I went to a dealer that actually had their rates posted where all could see (that was a few years ago) the rate was close to $100.00 an hour. That tends to show you why some of the costs are so high.

If you take a look in the "Tech Tips and Such" sticky at the top of the page it goes through many of the things you mentioned as requiring repair, some things like brakes aside from being EASY are a real cash cow for the dealerships. Unless the sensor is broken, a light will come on and warn you before you damage your discs or calipers, there will still be about 1/8” of pad left, and you have plenty of time to do something yourself.

In any event, plan on having a thick skin around here, as some things come across in writing a lot worse than they are intended to…. :)
Welcome to our site and enjoy your stay with us… :thumbsup:
 

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I have another question guys. How much should it be to replace our keys to an '01 SLK? I tried to get into my car this morning, and the remote is dead. It is pretty beat up, and I need a spare anyway. It could just be a dead battery in the remote, but I need a couple of new ones anyway.

thanks for all the replies. I wish you guys could see it my way though. I am active duty military, and don't have the time, or tools to work on my cars as you gentlemen do. I'm not even alowed to do any work on my cars where I live. I have to find some kind of hobby shop where they charge me 30 dollars an hour to use a garage and tools. It is way easier to just take it to the stealership and pick it up the same day during my chow time.

Some of you guys should move to Southern California!:thumbsup: You would love to see how low the used car value of Mercedes are out here! thats why I can afford two on my lame Military income! You could have a whole fleet of Mercedes for a fraction of the price anywhere else!
 

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Bruce, you took the words out of my mouth about the rude posts thing and also how posts get taken out of context. I just didnt feel like getting into an online argument.

Not one post was rude!
 

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There is no doubt a Mercedes Tax when it comes to repairs on our cars.

We have all been surprised by the bill we have recieved for having something done on our cars at one point or another. I know that it has now happened to me twice.

The best advice I can give you is that you request a quote prior to any work being done and inform the shop to notify you of any additional repairs beyond the original scope of work.
 

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Docyoung, The difference is pay tons of the money you really dont have or try to fix yourself. Not everyone here is a mechanic by any means. Don't you have a buddy's house you can go to? Or even better yet there are a few guys on here from southern Cali that may be happy to lend a hand. I've seen people offering help all the time on this site depending where you are.
 

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Work on your car one at the time and at the end you will still save money. As for the dealership? They becoming like casino resort now days...lol
 
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