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Old 09-21-2002, 01:59 PM
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Door Lock thingamajig- itty bitty piece, King sized price.

One by one, I'm trying to deal with the issues that seemed minor when I bought the car.

The key would not lock/unlock from the driver's side.

So, after some effort, I managed to remove the cylinder.

There is a little cast metal piece, about 1 1/2" long that hinges off the end of the cylinder, which turns the lock mechanism. It's broken.

I went to the dealer, and he told me the piece is not available. In fact, he also told me I cannot even take it apart to replace the piece if I could buy one. The new lock cylinder would cost $140 Canadian.

Being stubborn, I worked out a way to disassemble the hinge part. I figured if I could get just that piece from a wrecker, I could fix it without even having to redo the tumbler to my own key.

So, this morning I visited my local Shylock, er I mean wrecker.

He happily told me he would sell me the cylinder for $250. As I dusted myself off from the sudden fall caused by the fainting spell, I explained that the dealer offered to sell me the same part for $140. He told me the dealer gave me the wrong price.

Well, as it turns out, Shylock was right.

$474 at the dealer. To replace a 4 gram (1/8 oz. for you Americans) part. That's $60,672/pound. Canadian dollars, mind you, but expensive none the less.

So, any advice?

I'm figuring a machine shop could produce that part, using the passenger side as a model. Probably less than $250, I'm guessing.

Actually, for $250, maybe I should consider buying a parts car.

I can see how this can get out of hand...
MB 1986 190D in my past
MB 1987 300E on the street
MB 1994 'Smoke Silver' E420 in my driveway
1999 Mazda Miata in the fun stable
1964 E-Type Jaguar Coupe- Sold
1970 E-Type Jaguar Coupe- Sold
1968 Corvair Monza Conv. with Turbo Transplant- Sold
1986 Merkur Xr4ti- abandoned
various mundane American autos

If I'd known then what I know now...

Hell, I'd probably still have done it anyways.
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