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repair cost fair or not

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by qfnuts, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. qfnuts

    qfnuts New Member

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    Hi I recently visited a MB service centre and was given an advice of repairing two parts along with a price quote. I have no idea if the quote is reasonalbe. Would you pls feel free to comment on?

    1) rear exhaust box hanger broken £166
    2) anti roll bar bush starting to perish plus torque struct joint starting split £730

    Meanwhile, do you know if the second point is critical/ urgent to fix?
     
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    Look up the index here and visit one of the Independent garages near you. That is excessive.
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    Bill
     
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  4. Steve@Avantgarde

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    No. Way overpriced by a mile.

    Weld up exhaust hanger £30 (no need to replace the box).

    To fit the TCA bushes inc bushes I charge £175,00 and I would fit the ARB bush for free as you have to take it off to get the arms out. The bush is about £15 for a genuine item.

    So all in about £220 + VAT. If the ball joints in the arms are worn you can get Loemforder arms which are the same as the MB components for about £70+VAT each instead of the £120 each from MB. So even with new arms you are coming in at well under the dealer quote!!

    What a rip off.
     
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    I think that you would be better off getting the advice of an independent for 2 reasons..

    1. Though the parts may need replacing, there may be many more safe miles motoring left in them yet,

    2. Cost will be significantly cheaper

    Re the exhaust bracket, I suspect that any garage could weld and make good

    Where are you based?

    Edit. Looks like the guys above best me to a reply..
     
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    Thanks for all your comments.
    I will definitely visit an independent garage. By the way, I am based in London.
     
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    I would find a good independent and get a second quote. I used to use MB dealers but got tired of the 'gouging' for basic work. I ended up paying nearly £1000 for a 'B Service' on a four year old car. I then found an excellent local independent. Yes he is a little further away and does not provide loan cars but I have saved £'00 over the three/four years I have used him. My only regret - not moving to the independent sooner.
     

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