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Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Car Leasing, Sedan
#1947 of 2088 Re: 2002 S430 won't start HELPPP [2002s430amg]
Mar 19, 2007 (6:12 pm)
Let me warn you now about dealerships, esp MB dealerships. Now I work with them everyday so I know all the little tricks and whatnot they pull to make extra money, and Ive seen them do it time and again racking up thousands of dollars and hand the bill to the customer, who has to pay it to get their car. Not all dealerships are like this, but be aware. I have a customer of mine's 2005 S600 at the dealership, we had done painted the entire car and he was having some leveling problems and wanted us to check it out. We took it and they called later in the day saying it wouldnt crank and that they would fix the problem and send us the bill. Knowing how things work, I ask them for my cost to fix it. They said it needed a alternator, a battery, a starter battery, and a couple other things, with about 20 hours to do all of the work. Anyways, my cost was going to be about $4500.00. I sent my runner up to the dealership with a new battery, he put it in and everything worked perfectly; there are still no problems.
Cars like Mercedes, BMW, Audi, etc are specialty cars and not just anyone can work on them esp. newer ones because you have to have a special computer and you can only get the updates to the software through MB. Anyways, the MB dealership near me charges $185.00 per hour for electrical work, now thats crazy but if they're the only people who can do it what are you going to do?
So you may have these existing problems, it is true that if you've had problems you're most likely going to have more later on, thats just the nature of it. But when you take your car let them know to call you before they start on anything. Because if they do a lot of work and then you dont think you needed it, you're almost stuck having to pay it under the law. If you dont pay, they can put a Mechanics Lean against the car to pay the bill. So again, not all dealerships are like that but I have definitely known a couple that are. Good luck with it.
Mar 20, 2007 (3:50 pm)
hows the s class v6 and v8, can i get some info, and which is better the s class or the bmw 7 series, because i heard different opinion all the times
#1949 of 2088 Re: Electrical Gremlins: Miles vs. Age [bbq2day]
Mar 21, 2007 (6:57 pm)
Thanks. Tell us more. Where is your challenge posted? What does VMI stand for?
#1950 of 2088 Re: 2002 S430 won't start HELPPP [2002s430amg]
Mar 24, 2007 (10:45 pm)
I had something similar on my 2000 E320 about a year ago. It took a while to figure out. Wound up needing a new crank sensor, which fixed the problem.
#1951 of 2088 nightmare begins
May 13, 2007 (10:09 am)
your nightmare begins.
I've had a 1995 600s, similar issue. It cost me $6,000
Sold the car 2 years ago and the new owner ran into the same problem.
#1952 of 2088 MB S MB 450SL MB 320SEC MB 450SEL
May 13, 2007 (10:24 am)
I have had so many MB. 2 years ago I sold my 600s (1995). I purchased an Infiniti M45.
I am so happy that I don't have to worry when i stated the MB in the morning which YELLOW light will come on. And the time i spent at MB service department. You are at their mercy everytime you drive your car into the service dept.
good luck to everyone who has a MB.
#1953 of 2088 Re: MB S MB 450SL MB 320SEC MB 450SEL [dl8]
May 13, 2007 (1:12 pm)
good luck to everyone who has a MB.
Thanks. I'm on my fifth, from 1986-2007, all bought new, and have had a great ownership experience with all of them.
#1954 of 2088 MB's OVER THE YEARS
May 15, 2007 (4:40 pm)
Just thought that I would jump in with my .02
Bought my first MB ( 280SL) in 1971. Since then I have had 19 more. Presently a 2005 E320CDI and 2007 350SLK. I must be under a lucky star as I have NEVER had a bad one.
Just thought that you all might to hear some good news and that all MB's are not bummers.
#1955 of 2088 the KEY to MB and BMW
May 15, 2007 (6:19 pm)
The key to owning a Mercedes or BMW, actually any high-end vehicle, is SERVICE WORK. A Mercedes/BMW is a great car that will last you a very long time if you have it serviced when it is recommended and do it for the life of the car, which I know a lot of people are saying "DUH" but really you'd be suprised how many people miss services by 1000's of miles. If you keep it serviced the car should be good, however if a Mercedes isnt kept up to MB standards it will give you problems constantly. The problem people run in to is they miss a B service that is a little expensive, then they forget after a couple 1000 miles then next thing you know you need a water pump or something; and once you need serious mechanical work done on your MB you'll regret not keeping up the service book. The parts are very expensive and the labor to install them is worse, so people keep up your Mercedes and/or BMW and they'll probably out live you.
May 17, 2007 (7:11 pm)
I have a 2007 S600 and I love it. No problems at all. I just put the Renntech Stage One upgrade on it. What a beast!!! 610 HP and 740 foot/pounds of torque. This thing is just awesome.