Not sure, but you may change your view once you see the process required to deactivate and reset the SBC system on your 211. I too have done many brake jobs, but changing brakes on an SBC equipped car is more than banging off the old rotor and slipping in new pads. My car is at the BMW/MB indie around the corner from me as we speak getting new front brakes because of the complexity of this system. There are guys who do it themselves, but it is by no means something that can be done by "most people," even with DIY experience.hello,
just to add my two cents. i know there's a clear distinction between those that prefer to have it serviced and those that like DIY. from the DIY camp, I can seriously say oil change and brakes can be done by most people. i'm no mechanic, but i've done these two things to my 2000 e46 323i bmw since new and it's not that difficult at all and there are no special tools required including no use of a vacuum extractor for the oil (no disrespect to previous poster, this is just my experience). now that I just purchased a pre-loved 2004 e320 wagon, i plan to do the same to that vehicle as well.
warnings be damned!
Actually, I had it wrong. My indie did the brakes for $450. Even if the prices were similar, I do like the fact that my indie is close enough to my house that I can walk there! No messing around with loaners (and yes, my dealer hands out new MB loaners, but unless they are AMG's or S class cars, who cares?!).wow that indie is not really that much better
if hes good then hes good but for peace of mind the $75 bucks more spent at the dealer would be what I would do, but also my car is still under warranty for 2.5 more years....
and the oil can be changed from the bottom but is easier from the top and is also the way they designed it to work
some models dont even have a dipstick, new ones are electronic so the dipstick tube with no dipstick is more like a straw that goes to the bottom of the oil pan very easy and works like a charm pulling 99% of the oil out
2003 E500i know the pads are very reasonable
what year is your e500 and where did you get the deactivation procedure from?
Glad you had no problem. As I had said before, it can be done DIY, but it is not the same as doing a brake job on any other car. This forum is a chronicle of the difficulties people have had doing the work themselves. Forum reader beware, of course, but I have concerns when posters (I'm not referring to you, aa240sx) say or imply that this is easy stuff. These cars are complex, and this forum contains a litany of people getting themselves into trouble.Again, no disrespect, but I just did the brakes front and rear rotors and pads as well as an oil change for pretty much zip. Now, I will admit that I have a father In Law that runs a auto paint/body shop and his tools certainly helped but as discussed earlier, shutting off the SBC to do the brakes really wasn't that tough and the rotors and shoes were actually easier to do on this car than my bmw E46. total cost including oil change - 400
vettdrv, you say that changing the brakes on your 211 was easy, but in 2007 you carefully documented all the difficulties you had. Yes, you figured it out, and next time will likely be easy for you, but I must admit that the chronicle of problems you had was one of the influencing factors in my decision to not tackle it myself. I appreciate the fact that you documented this, but anything that requires frequent trips to the computer to post questions is most certainly not easy.vettdrv said:I have changed the brakes on our E500 and it was easy to follow the MB procedure to deactivate the SBC w/o startrek stuff.
You are correct. Attention to details makes it easy. When I did mine there wasn't as much information available as there is today. Given the information and assistance not available I think it makes this makes the job relatively easy. I have provided others for a DIY that have also replied it was easy with the information. Fortunately DIY"ers now have a better source of info than I did in 2007. I did the same thing on my service of transmission and sparkplugs. My thoughts Transmission no more diffcult than my ford truck and sparkplugs much easier than the Lincoln Mark 7.vettdrv, you say that changing the brakes on your 211 was easy, but in 2007 you carefully documented all the difficulties you had. Yes, you figured it out, and next time will likely be easy for you, but I must admit that the chronicle of problems you had was one of the influencing factors in my decision to not tackle it myself. I appreciate the fact that you documented this, but anything that requires frequent trips to the computer to post questions is most certainly not easy.