I always go to to the dealer sometimes for OEM parts and also to Parts Lane for most of my parts. My next message will be to order parts from Parts lane. I appreciate Mr Scheeler's quick responses and I really like him.
But if you got a carpool commitment to keep and a 6 PM Sunday deadline for parts you may be stuck with a mass supplier.
I have had tremendous luck at pep Boys both on stock and quality for a 240D alternator, A/C compressor and starter motor. I was very impressed with thier quality.
I hope noone at Mercedes Shop gets angry at me for this. I am just trying to help an average person like me trying to get through life stuck in a tight situation on a Sunday night...I would hope to order here to support this site first, but on emergency repairs we do not haver a mail order option.