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W124 Sportline ball joints

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by alex464, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. alex464

    alex464 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I have just taken my (relatively) newly purchased 1994 E320 coupe in for a thorough check over and the dreaded B service.

    As well as fixing a few minor annoyances, the garage has come back with a couple of more serious issues...

    Apparently the ball joints on the front suspension are worn and need replacing sooner rather than later. I have been told that because I have Sportline suspension, this is a much more costly job than with the standard suspension; they've quoted over £1,000 for the work!

    Is this reasonable and something you have to suffer for having the Sportline suspension, or am I being led along here?

    Incidentally, the oil leaks from the timing and rocker covers have been quoted at £600 to fix, to give you an idea if they're on the money in terms of pricing...

    Any advice would be most welcome from this now much poorer newbie!

    Alex
     
  2. Bolide

    Bolide Senior Member

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    E320 balljoints are fixed so the whole wishbone has to be changed. They are £250 + from Mercedes but are available more cheaply from aftermarket suppliers. It's not a Sports Chassis thing, it's an E320 thing

    You'll end up needing wishbones, bolts and bushes as the old bushes will need to be hacked or burnt out. It's a nasty job best done by someone who's done lots before

    £1000 sounds par for the course for London

    Nick Froome
     
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    Thanks, for the information, Nick, I really appreciate it. At least now I can keep using the garage confidently - they seemed to know their stuff and had a lot of old MBs around for restoration.

    It looks like it's going to be an expensive journey to get the old girl back to the prime condition she deserves to be in!

    Alex
     
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    the bushes are included in the wishbones, so nil burning out etc.
     
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    That's if the bolts aren't seized. Then it's a pain to remove wishbones!
     
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    True - I used a thin dremel blade last time.
     
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    There will be an indie close to home who can do this a lot cheaper. You need to enquire.
     
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