1987 420 SEL
Was just wondering how much do the stealerships charge to change motor mounts on our W126's? I need some now and need to know what everybody else has maybe paid. Thanks.
motor mounts are less than $30 each new- so the mechanic either charged you $140+ per hour at one hour, or $70 and two hours. My wife had to go to work today after my work and I removed a set of mounts for my 500sel from a 420 in the junkyard with what tools I had on hand in about 10 minutes, with the engine in place of course. I've changed motor mounts in my driveway in less than 40 minutes.MRTIKKET - 3/16/2005 7:56 PM
I recently had this done on my wife's 300se. Total parts and labor came to $215.00, from an independent MB mechanic.
Are there 3 motor mounts -- two in front and one rear?MTUpower - 3/16/2005 10:34 PM
motor mounts are less than $30 each new- so the mechanic either charged you $140+ per hour at one hour, or $70 and two hours. My wife had to go to work today after my work and I removed a set of mounts for my 500sel from a 420 in the junkyard with what tools I had on hand in about 10 minutes, with the engine in place of course. I've changed motor mounts in my driveway in less than 40 minutes.
It does if you have three benz's, two BMW's, a Superbird, three other cars and looking to buy more. You may not think $140 an hour is good money, either saving or spending, but others do. Remember that some of us may not be in the same position. A just out of high school man working for minimum wage with a two mouths to feed besides his own may want to change his own mounts.MRTIKKET - 3/17/2005 10:12 PM
Seems like alot of effort to save $150 in labor costs.
I like the way you put it. Right now, I am redoing the shower myself. I have no hesitation working on home improvement stuff, including plumbing wiring and smaller electrical jobs, but working on moving parts and machinery is another matter. I'd say for the shower, I have a lot of #1 and some #2, but with the car, it's much less of #1, some #2 and #3 I saved from DIY shower remodeling.MTUpower - 3/19/2005 9:09 AM
As with anything, you have three things which factor in- 1) knowledge (and ability), 2) time, and 3) money. Life's get it done projects involve these- and if you have a great amount of one, you need less of the others. No money?- spend alot of time gaining knowledge (ability) and trying- you'll get it done. No knowledge ?- either spend $ or spend time gaining ability. No time?- spend $ or gain knowledge.
An hour of my time, and effort. Effort is really nothing in the mechanical world- after any job is over what does it matter if you spend alot of effort or nearly none? Effort is just hard work- if you don't want to work hard at any mechanical task then you shouldn't start it in the first place.