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Old 10-17-2003, 09:33 AM
MPM77 MPM77 is offline
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Parts & Labor, here's the estimate

Labor rate at $85 per hour

Upper control arm $226 each labor of 2.2hrs equals parts of $452 and labor of $187 for a total of $639.

Lower ball joints $69 each labor of 4.4hrs (excessive) equals parts of $138 and labor or $374 for a total of $512.

Steering shock $73 with labor or 0.3hrs equals parts of $73 and labor of $25.50 for a total of $98.50.

Steering box $1,544 with labor of 3.5hrs equals parts of $1,544 and labor of $297.50 for a total of $1,841.50.

Alignment 1.8hrs labor equals $153.

Anyone have a suggestion on what I should do in this situation. The car is sitting at a MB dealer. The biggest concern is getting the steering box replaced. However, the dealer will not use a remanufactured part and the warranty company will not pay for the OEM unit. Anyone have a suggestion on a convincing argument for me to get the warranty company to spring for the OEM unit. If not, I will have to get the car from the dealership to an indy, which will not be too difficult, but I will probably have to pay the dealership for all the diagnosis work they performed.
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