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Old 09-21-2002, 02:59 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...
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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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