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One advice: Get the extended warranty!

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I just picked up my pampered 2006 R500 with 54K miles after the dealer fixed the front passenger airmatic suspension and driver side mirror.

Here is the breakdown of the invoice:
Passenger front Hyprophneumat (Airmatic Strut): $1144
Valve Block: $246
Labor: 770

Side Mirror:
Side Mirror assembly: $466
Labor: $126

Total: $3000 :rocketwhore:

Luckily, I have an extended warranty and my our of pocket is only my deductible of $200. :beerchugr:

Anyway, I am sure the other 3 Airmatic Struts are all going to fail soon and they will probably cost somewhere about $7000. My advice, GET A GOOD EXTENDED WARRANTY if you want to keep the car for a while after factory warranty ends. I was in total price shock on those items especially my car is very well maintained.
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Do you have EXTENDED WARRANTY from MB or THird Party?
Chrysler but I believe they have stopped to sell it to Mercedes owners starting this year.
When buying a pre owned MB vehicle, it is a good idea to not buy a vehicle with Airmatic suspension, they will all fail as the vehicle gets old, very pricey to fix also.
The rear suspension of all R-class is on Airmatic strut....

IMHO the problem w/ this argument is that it all depends on suffering a catastrophic failure w/in the extended warranty period and then having it fixed by the dealer. airmatic struts are now available from other sources at about 1/3 the cost of the dealer ...
Not disagreeing with you and it is really depended on how much you pay and the terms of your extended warranty. I paid less than $3K for my 5yrs/75K miles warranty about one year ago. I have already submitted claims over $3.8K.

#1 reason that I skipped the Caynenne Turbo and bought the R500 instead was because the ability to buy a reasonable priced extended warranty. I am planning to drive the R500 for two more years and without warranty can be very expensive especially my R has a lot of electronic gadgets.
Also, why did you change your side mirrors?
My power side mirrors make some 'clicking" noise when it closes. I checked the site and many owners broke theirs too.
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