"I spoke to two Mercedes mechanics in my area and both offered reasonable prices for a rebuild ($1650, $1700) but were not willing to consider the possibility of making a partial repair."
And these 2 "Mercedes mechanics" wanted $1700 for a rebuild without even a diagnostic,which would have solved the problem, just like Steve solved it from God knows how many miles away (without even being present).
I wouldn't come back to those clowns.
Is this a great forum or what?
Steve, I owe you at least a six pack on my next visit to Florida.
1999 Porsche 996 Carrera Convertible
1994 420E - SOLD
1986 300E - SOLD, what a car