stealership stitch up, please help!!

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Ali_Boz
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stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Ali_Boz » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 11:25 am

Hi all,

I'm posting on behalf of my father who owns a 2000 model clk430 with 103k kms on the clock (I'm a w124 man)

He's had trouble in the past with the "check engine" light and has been back and forth with the stealership here in Geelong for months. Their code reader read that cylinders 7 and 8 were misfiring and they replaced the MAF. However the light problem persisted and the stealership tested the new MAF to be faulty and replaced it but as suspected the light returned.

He had the issue reviewed again this week when he got it serviced. Now heres the stitch up; they recommend the replacement of the plugs and leads to be $554.00 and $2350.00 respectively. Is it just me or is $2350.00 labour not included, an absurd amount for leads?? (also a/c reapairs quoted to be in the thousands too)

Anyway we plan to change to the plugs and leads ourselves and I just wanted some advice on where to get some leads. ebay has a few sets around the 200-300 dollar mark but not sure what brand i should be chasing or where to get them from, any ideas?
Also just want to clarify whether the bosch f8dpp33 platinum plugs are still available or whether the NGK pfr5g11 are suitable. And yes we will be buying that 17mm spanner tool to pop the leads off too.

Thanks all for your help guys, much appreciated
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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Starman » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 11:36 am

I have read that the MAF can be difficult to fit and seal properly, and that a full electrical reset is needed after fitting. Also check the Fuel Filter.
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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:09 pm

Gee. The prices for repair you are quoting almost exceed the value of the car.

There is a very good independent MB specialist in Geelong. His name escapes me at the moment - maybe someone else will chime in here.
I would be taking the car to this alternative place rather than the stealers.

Plugs and leads can be had from the forum sponsor at a very good price. The plugs require a special tool for removal.
Your stealership sounds like they are quoting coil packs as well as leads - coil packs are expensive but much cheaper at the forum sponsor.

Be very wary about buying non genuine parts on stealbay.

Leads, plugs and coil packs are a disposable commodity on these cars.
Car now 17 years old. It has fallen into the cost range of DIY plus cheap parts otherwise stealership servicing outweighs the cost of the car.

W210's are still are DIY model. If you have any mechanical aptitude then DIY is a doddle.


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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Ali_Boz » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 12:14 pm

There is a very good independent MB specialist in Geelong.
There are a few specialists here in Geelong, I've shopped around after a bad experience with one.

I'll give the forum sponsor a call on Monday and get a quote for the plugs and leads, I am not comfortable buying the leads from ebay as well. also this special tool you say, is that the 17mm bent wrench tool?

also what is the torque spec for the plugs?
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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 10 Apr, 2017 11:57 am

If MBspares cannot help you, you can get them here:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/Mercedes~Benz-p ... =20&page=1

I have ordered loads of spares from these guys for my 2001 Passat.

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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by Ali_Boz » Tue 11 Apr, 2017 4:36 pm

If MBspares cannot help you, you can get them here:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/Mercedes~Benz-p ... =20&page=1
Hi Bart,
Thanks for the website tip! According to them, I can purchase a set of OEM plugs (bosch fr8dpp33) OEM plug wires (bremi) and the 17mm tool for $300 USD shipping included. Is this too good to be true when places here in Australia charge double that?
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Re: stealership stitch up, please help!!

Post by John Green » Tue 11 Apr, 2017 8:19 pm

Bartman4800 wrote:If MBspares cannot help you, you can get them here:

Regards, Bart
Sounds like you need to ring us. There is no way a MAF can effect only two cylinders, so sounds like incorrect diagnose the first time. Also no need to buy a set of leads, we sell them individually so you can just change the ones that are faulty.
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