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It has been 6 weeks and I still don't have my 1987 560SL back. :(
This is not a swap as stated in the title. The mechanic first says (after three weeks) "it takes a long time to get the parts from Germany". Now three more weeks and I am still waiting. I have been very patient but! this is so frustrating.
Should I ask for a loaner? OR is this within reason taking soooo long?
 

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I really don't think they should have had to order the parts from Germany, but if they did, shipping from overseas often takes 4+ weeks. Just don't take it back to that shop... Any reputable place would have told you in the first place how long it might take.
 

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I guess your into it now, but if I had to rebuild my transmission and wasn't interested in matching numbers, I would have gone this way.

Sun Valley Mercedes Transmissions

$1,500 exchange. Comes complete with a torque converter and 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.

I have no affiliation! I understand that they provide good service. It will also depend on where you are located due to shipping costs.
 

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There really should not be anything needed from Germany for these transmissions. All the parts are commonly available in the trade. If this rebuild is being done by a general repair shop that maybe only rebuilds a handful of transmissions a year I might get worried. If it's done by a transmission repair shop, no excuses at all- should be a no-brainer for them.

I would think 3 weeks total for a rebuild/replace by an independent shop that is moderately busy is what I would expect.
 

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Thanks
 

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Profile update done. Thanks again.
 

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Thanks for the profile.
You are in Oakland. The Classic Center is in Irvine. If Tom and the crew there said the parts had to come from Germany it would be fact. Local shop?????? not so much.
 

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It has been 6 weeks and I still don't have my 1987 560SL back. :(
This is not a swap as stated in the title. The mechanic first says (after three weeks) "it takes a long time to get the parts from Germany". Now three more weeks and I am still waiting. I have been very patient but! this is so frustrating.
Should I ask for a loaner? OR is this within reason taking soooo long?
Friend of yours? Did you haggle him down in price?

In any case...I call bullshit. I can get almost anything for my SL from Germany within 7 days and usually within 4.

Sounds like he's pushed your car to the side for more lucrative work.
 

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Friend of yours? Did you haggle him down in price?

In any case...I call bullshit. I can get almost anything for my SL from Germany within 7 days and usually within 4.

Sounds like he's pushed your car to the side for more lucrative work.
^^^^^^ What he said
 
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