Variable camshaft timing too variable - opinions sought please

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SWMBO getting EML increasingly frequently, used to be once a year, now once a month, in her SL350 2007 M272 engine. Was said to be late enough to have had all the mods Eng Number is 27296630587592, but looks like it still needs attention.o_O

A generic code reader shows it as P0015, Camshaft over retarded (Bank 1) just a transient fault. It has never shown the fault to be present when doing a live scan. My questions are:-

1 As it is only transient, would there be a risk of further damage if left for another 1000 miles or so before getting it fixed at next service in a couple of months?

2 Anyone had the camshaft fix recently at a main dealer and would you mind telling me the cost.

3 Anyone recently used an indie for same fault and prepared to tell the cost?

Thanks for any advice offered

Cheers, Andy
 

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Get it read properly on a star, it might just need the modified camshaft actuators or it might need a chain.
 
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Star, Experience of typical replies led me to expect a ticking off for not getting a star diagnosis!!have you at the top of my list of indies since you are relatively close. Would you be prepared to give a ballpark price to replace the actuators?- pm if you prefer - andynpz@gmail.com

And could it be done in a day?
 

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No ticking off but Past experience has shown us that aftermarket code readers sometimes misdescribe a code/fault. I am off tomorrow, so you could call the workshop and mike will be able to help or call me on Monday. Easily done in a couple of hours allowing the engine to cool slightly.
 

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