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W211 E320 CDI Service C Costs

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by RensterUK, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. outsmartsmart

    outsmartsmart Senior Member

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    Wow what a thread - I think it was an honorable draw between TV and Hawk, ha ha.

    Isn't this what forums is all about?
     
  2. Gonzo

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    Or there is another way of viewing it, some people push the same point over and over, and others want ought for nought, lol
     
  3. hawk20

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    That's rather like an apology from G Brown. Looks like one but isn't.

    You asked for advice and I've tried to be helpful. Go back to my posting No 15 and despite so many telling you to go to an indie to save money, I pointed out that to do so would infringe your Approved Used warranty. And very probably the T's and C's on your finance agreement. You may not like the message. But no need to be rude to the messenger is there?

    This is what I said: -
    Well I'm in the minority who strongly favour full MBSH and would not buy a car without it. For a start indie serviced cars don't get all the recalls and updates done. At least for 3-4 years that is important. And you get Mobilo. And you get 'goodwill' contributions to any repairs which can be substantial (up to 80% of the cost in some cases if you have full MBSH.).

    Apart from that you MUST have MB servicing or infringe your 12 month approved used warranty.

    And you must check the finance agreement as they may well require full MB servicing. (It certainly would if I wrote it).

    The C service costs little more than an A or B service. These letters are only a guide. The diagnostic programmes will tell you exactly what needs doing to keep your car in good working order.

    Try not to confuse the cost of servicing (which is only a bit over 2p per mile for an average mileage driver) with other jobs that need doing fom time to time.

    Some jobs are mileage related (transmission fluid change at 38k miles), and some are age related (e.g. change brake fluid every two years), and some are wear and tear related like pads/discs, tyres and so on.
     
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  4. teabag

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    What about MB servicing + Indie follow up

    The car is an MB approved used, which we've had just 9 months approx. What I'd like to know is what is included in a C service? Increasingly, it seems to me that the fixed cost is purely the labour and a basic oil and filter change, with the labour to cover the assorted "optional" extras?

    What should I be paying? How "optional" are these optional extras? They apparently include things like carbon filter change, auto box oil/filter change, etc etc.

    Finally (phew!), what's the score with the approved used warranty, MGFV on the PCP finance etc, if I get the service done at an independent non MB garage? Or maybe at a "BMW/Audi/Merc specialist" independent?




    I've just read this post and the replies with great interest, as I've recently bought an S350 at three and a half years old with 42,000 miles on the clock as an approved used car from MB Stockton (Sytner) with 2 years complimentary servicing as well as the 12 month MB warranty.

    I am lucky enough not to have bought the car on finance so I am not bound by the finance company's conditions.

    However, the terms and conditions of the MB nationwide offer for cars ordered after the 16th May 2009 and delivered before the 1st June 2009 states:
    "This offer is based on 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Mercedes-Benz Care Service Plan, that includes all routine maintenance recommended in the Service Schedule for your vehicle, including labour, parts and lubricants (This offer excludes the annual MOT test fee). Services must be carried out at Mercedes-Benz Official Workshop."

    If I have read this correctly, and based on my 24,000 annual miles, an indicated 4,000 miles to the next "B" service, and an MOT which expires 1 week before the MB class 1 warranty does, I expect to enjoy about 18 months of virtually "service cost free" motoring.

    I intend to have the car "B" serviced after 4,000 miles to the letter of the service schedule by MB Stockton and also for any warranty repairs to be carried out by them, but I will ask for a report on the condition of consumable parts such as tyres and brake pads/discs etc. I intend to have anything noted on this report replaced with MB parts bought at discount prices by my local Indie (who was service manager at MB Stockton for 12 years and employs only MB trained technicians).

    After approximately 20,000 miles, the "A" service should be flagged and I will follow the same procedure.

    The car will be due for MOT after aproximately24,000 miles, just before the warranty expires so any costs incurred including exhaust parts and catalytic convertors will be covered by the warranty.
    At around 35.000 miles (18 months after purchase) Assyst should be telling me a "B" service is due which I will have done at my trusty Indie for around £270.

    I believe the answer to your query is to use the dealer, and do not let him use you.

    PS to Alex M Grieve,

    I've just traced my ancestry and there may be a slight tinge of Scottish blood in me.:wink:
     
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  5. PS to Alex M Grieve,

    I've just traced my ancestry and there may be a slight tinge of Scottish blood in me.;)


    Like heinz, the mongrel nation south of the border has at least 57 different Varieties coarsing through its veins so its only natural you will have quality celtic blood somewhere in there. ;)
     
  6. mikestrivens

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    Nobody's perfect:)
     

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