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#6986 of 7297 Outrageous parts prices
Aug 27, 2004 (1:24 pm)
I have an 01' C320. I live in New Jersey which requires State Inspection. I recently had my car transported from another state and the shipper is only responsible for $250 in damage with $100 deductible. The drivers side mirror has a small crack which happened during shipment. New Jersey rejected my car during inspection and told me the mirror has to be replaced. Mercedes Benz charged me $483 + Tax for the mirror. This didn't include installation which they did for free. Are you kidding me!!!!! The mirror has some minor electronics for auto-dimming and moving control. I estimate at best it cost $40 to make with export costs maybe another $75 dollars. Mercedes Benz isn't a military contractor. This is like the $2000 toilet seat or the thousand dollar hammer the US Government pays to supply the Armed Forces.
I needed a front license plate holder also when I moved to New Jersey. MB charged me $43 for that. An injection molded piece of plastic that probably cost them .25 cents. The previous owner either took the part out of the car or MB never put it in the trunk.
I accept the fact that parts for the Benz will be much higher than for US cars or even Toyota or Nissan. I doubt that parts for Lexus are this ridiculous. The price for these parts is so out of line for a $40,000 car it's absurb.
#6987 of 7297 Outrageous prices....
Sep 06, 2004 (4:52 pm)
Which is why many of us buy our parts from other sources. Same parts. Often they even come in 'official' MB wrapping. Use the net to find your parts next time. I'm surprised they installed it for free even though it's a 5 minute job. Before you get surprised again I suggest you ask around for a good local independent MB repair source as well.
#6988 of 7297 Re: What's a good price? [mjteam9000]
Sep 09, 2004 (6:19 am)
start with invoice price, and how much below you can get is how good you can negotiate w/ the sales.
#6989 of 7297 Do you believe?
Sep 11, 2004 (7:57 am)
My 2004 Benz C240 has 1700 miles on it and transmission oil is dripping on the garage floor.
#6990 of 7297 Re: Do you believe? [merrel]
Sep 11, 2004 (8:24 am)
Warranty time. There are many places xmission fluid can leak that are minor (relatively speaking) repairs.
#6991 of 7297 sound up-grade
Sep 12, 2004 (8:37 am)
My new C240 (2004) has all the options I wanted EXCEPT premium sound. Several radio shops say there is NOTHING that can be done since the car is all fibre-optic and they can only do an upgrade if all OE is ripped out and replaced. About $3500. Another shop said yes we can, we'll build you a wooden box in the trunk, but I don't want that. What CAN a pro shop install for less than a kings randsom to improve the sound quality? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#6992 of 7297 Re: sound up-grade [merrel]
Sep 12, 2004 (12:45 pm)
I have a C320 that has the standard 10 speaker Bose stereo. It has very poor sound quality, probably the worst in any car I've ever owned. It is the single worst feature of the car. So don't feel bad that you didn't pay extra to get the Bose in your C240--you are not missing anything. It is definitely not the same Bose upgrade that Mercedes puts in the E-class or M-class. These stereos actually sound very good. But they cut corners on the C-class, and I feel this to be inexcusable for a 40k car. Especially when every other car in its class has a much better stereo. Heck, even 20k toyotas have better stereos. I will make sure to evaluate the stereo more closely before buying my next vehicle.
#6993 of 7297 Re: sound up-grade [carman123]
Sep 15, 2004 (4:23 pm)
Mine sounds great after I 'tuned' it to my liking (settings). You can still put in aftermarket audio but you can't use the steering wheel controls. Locating the speaker wires may be frustrating but doable. Replacing speakers is also doable. What's the big deal?
#6994 of 7297 Air Conditioner
Sep 16, 2004 (3:58 pm)
I have a 2004 C 320 4matic. When I first put on the air conditioner, warm air comes out for about 10 secdonds before it starts to become cold air. The dealer says that this is normal. Has anyone else had this happen to their air conditioner?
#6995 of 7297 Re: Air Conditioner [vincent7]
Sep 16, 2004 (5:14 pm)