Broken clutch flywheel, gearbox issues

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Hi guys, first time poster here... Basically my 2007 C180k SE Coupe has just broken down. The local Mercedes Benz dealer/garage have looked at it and they want £2224 to fix the clutch/flywheel problem, which will leave a noisy gearbox. Gearbox repair included comes to £4700!

Problem is its only done 56,000 miles and we only bought it (for £9k) 3 years ago. Seems like a big thing to happen so soon. Don't know whether to get the repairs done or scrap :(

Also, (as it can't be driven) is it worth getting another quote?

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Hello and welcome, sadly we have heard this tale before, you need a good indie to replace the flywheel and clutch plate.

What puzzles me is why do they think the gear box will be noisy ????

What part of London are you in
 
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Thanks for the quick reply televison! Well the initial (roadside assistance) diagnosis was a faulty gearbox. But the MB guy at the garage said that the clutch had 'gone into' the flywheel, which needs replacing, and the gearbox is noisy (hence the flywheel fix wont be the end of the story). He said we can get away with the first (£2k) fix will do for now, but the gearbox could go at any time.

So you reckon I would be worth another quote? We have an indie garage round the corner, but never used them before. Presumably we'd have to pay to tow it there? We already owe £500+ to MB for just looking at the problem.
 
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Sorry, forgot to say I'm in north London.
 
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Thanks television, much appreciated!
 

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Indies as they are called work for ½ the mercedes labour rates, and this one is very honest and a good man, you will not regret it :D
 
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Nice one. In that case I'm hoping most of that quote I got is made up of labour charges!

Just messaged the guy.
 

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Nice one. In that case I'm hoping most of that quote I got is made up of labour charges!

Just messaged the guy.

And there'd be no way on earth I'd fork out £4700 for a new gearbox for a 2007 car ....... I'd go for a second hand unit if you do actually need one.

(not knocking a 2007 car ;) I have one & a 1999 car )
 

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And there'd be no way on earth I'd fork out £4700 for a new gearbox for a 2007 car ....... I'd go for a second hand unit if you do actually need one.

(not knocking a 2007 car ;) I have one & a 1999 car )

As MB cannot drive the car how do they know the box will be noisy ??? or am I missing something here
 
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When I said 'can't be driven', I really meant that you can't drive it any distance (in gear). It can be started and it will idle, and you can rev it (and hear the noise), but it won't drive from the MB garage back to mine - the whole car shakes and rattles when you try to pull away...
 

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When I said 'can't be driven', I really meant that you can't drive it any distance (in gear). It can be started and it will idle, and you can rev it (and hear the noise), but it won't drive from the MB garage back to mine - the whole car shakes and rattles when you try to pull away...

If it was me, I'd get the car recovered to somewhere else for repairs.
 
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I think towing it is looking like our only option... Not sure I can put together that kind of money overnight, and is it worth it?! Shame cos we have always had it serviced at MB and they do our MOTs. We only had it serviced about 3 months ago, and had to fork out then for a new set of tires.
 

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.... Not sure I can put together that kind of money overnight, and is it worth it?! ....

Which kind of money? The quote from MB for the repair? I really would pay MB what you owe so far & push the car out of the dealers if need be. I really couldn't say how much a new clutch should be for your car, & I assume it also needs a new dual mass flywheel ...... your local MB independent should be able to advise where you can get alternative pattern parts - Euro Car Parts perhaps :confused: :confused: - and he'll be charging half of what MB will be for labour.
 
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The £4700 for the total bill. So far we owe them around £500 for the inspection, so I guess I'll pay up and get it towed out to somewhere else. Thanks for the tip!
 

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If you dont want to fix it I bet you would be able to sell it on ebay as 'spares or repair' for only 15% or so less than full market value, people (for some reason) pay alot of money for broken cars on ebay.
 
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Defo give Wayne Gates servicing a call, another +1

http://www.mercservicing.co.uk/

Nice one, I gave them a call this morning as television had also recommended them, and hopefully they are taking up the case. Can you believe though, that MB want £615 just for the inspection - that's 3.5hrs labour apparently :(

And thanks for the info robparker, I did think about the spares/repair route, however I didn't think it would be worth as much as that!
 

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Can you believe though, that MB want £615 just for the inspection - that's 3.5hrs labour apparently :(

Unfortunately, yes I can believe that.

Ask them what their published labour rate is, as that equates to £146.43 per hour, plus VAT naturally...
 
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