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Old 02-07-2005, 08:29 PM
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Given the shaft by the indy for the last time

Either I will perform all future work on my car or the dealership will do so. I have a very reliable mechanic at the local dealership and they have never overcharged me.

I got tired of the rattle in my rear passenger door. Same door that the INDY had fixed the plastic guide on the window regulator and charged me $100. I disassembled door today. All clips on panel were good. Then I discovered his crappy work. When he reinstalled the window regulator, he allowed the teeth on the motor to get misalined with the other teeth and thus the mouning holes for the regulator did not match up with holes in the door. Were about 1/4inch off. He forced the bolts into the regulator anyway!!!!

The bolts had worked loose and the regulator was banging inside the door. All is good now. That was the most annoying DIY repair I have ever done on the 82 300sd.

Stay away from the Mercedes/Volkswagon mechanic in Wilson, N.C. He does shoddy work.

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Old 02-07-2005, 09:16 PM
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Sometimes ya gotta do it yorself to get it done right....
This is how people come to love their MB's.... they put the effort into making it the way it should be.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:32 PM
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Yo MTU.
From whence cometh thy handle?
Do you have, like, a motor yacht?
I have an affinity for MTU stuff, especially that which is, in whole or in part, DDC stuff.

I also agree that car work is best done by thyself, provided that one has the smarts to do so.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:44 PM
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Sometimes it is not worth the while to DIY. Sometimes I do DIY. It all depends. I won't DIY a coolant flush because it makes a mess and the dogs might get at it sepecially if it is done in the winter. For that, I use the dealership.

When I do use them or ANYBODY, I am always there watching. To me, leaving my car to get worked on is like having sex. I want to see what is happening. If they don't agree with my philosophy, I find another facility.

Edit: Having my car worked on is like having sex. I want to be there to see.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:54 PM
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To me, leaving my car to get worked on is like having sex.
Ahem.

Well Aklim, I always thought that you were a bit "out there", but, you have now confirmed it.

BTW, which dealer do you go to???
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:08 AM
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:36 AM
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Ahem.

Well Aklim, I always thought that you were a bit "out there", but, you have now confirmed it.

BTW, which dealer do you go to???
Zimbrick European. Gilly used to be the tech. We never had sex.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:49 AM
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Zimbrick European.
So, if I bring the SDL to Zimbrick European to get worked on, I'll get the same feeling as I do when I have sex?


OK, OK, I got it now. I didn't originally figure out what you meant.



If I bring my car to Zimbrick European, I'm going to get screwed!!!
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:56 AM
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I was looking through some of the PO's repair records on Marlene and came across a bill for R&R of the 'defrost element'...the PO was pregnant when I bought the car so I reckon she must have had 'unprotected repairs' with her indy.

And, when I bought Lilly, her records revealed fairly regular trips to a well known local indy for 'recharging with freon'. After the purchase, I took her to a trusted friend's a/c shop and had Joe look her over to try and find the source of the leak. Nothing could be found! A leak like that should have been easy to come across but there wasn't evidence any contamination! Anyway, the mystery was exposed about a month later when SWMBO comes home from work announcing that the a/c was OOC....a quick glance reveals that the electrical connection to the compressor clutch has popped off of the compressor and, that its retaining clip is worn to the point where it no longer makes a positive latch when the connector is pushed home. I pushed it into place and snaked a tiewrap around everything to secure it. That was 2 1/2 years ago and the a/c is still working great. Go figure...
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:02 AM
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I have repair receipts from the PO for the AC also. All they did was pull out the refrigerant pull a vacuum and recharge. This was an indy. Charged a lot of money for it too.
When I got the car I found the leak at the expansion valve. Replaced the valve and accumulator and it's worked fine ever since.

Damn indy's!

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Old 02-08-2005, 10:17 AM
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So, if I bring the SDL to Zimbrick European to get worked on, I'll get the same feeling as I do when I have sex?


OK, OK, I got it now. I didn't originally figure out what you meant.



If I bring my car to Zimbrick European, I'm going to get screwed!!!
I did get screwed one time by their team leader. He was supposed to do a coolant flush because I saw oil in my coolant and I knew that the head gasket had been changed and it was time to do it. 4 months later I found that there was still some oil there. I got Gilly to do it and this time it was right. He flushed the entire system, changed the bottle where it overflows to and made sure it was done right. That was the one time I was too busy to make sure who I got and to watch them do it.

Now they fix, I watch. That goes with anybody. Of course, I have a tech that Gilly recommended when he left so I have someone I trust but it helps to watch even to learn.
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I learned this lesson a long time ago. If you want your baby treated right then you have to do it yourself. I've never experienced an exception to this rule.
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Did you take the car back to the repair facility and give them a chance to correct any mistake they may have made? That would have been the proper way to handle the situation. Maybe an employee did the work and the owner doesn't know. I also have a hard time understanding how the teeth on the regulator were out of synch with the teeth on the motor. They match or the window doesn't go up and down. Perhaps your window regulator is badly twisted and should have been replaced. MB power window motors have a lot of torque and either strip out the last few teeth on the regulator in the up position or twist the regulator so badly that it can't function.

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Old 02-08-2005, 12:42 PM
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Wow aklim thats a good dealer! I need to go to a dealer that doesn't use the bend over it won't hurt for long method.


Edit: this is the best thread I have read today! I can't stop laughing.
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Old 02-08-2005, 01:40 PM
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No I didn't

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Willrev,
Did you take the car back to the repair facility and give them a chance to correct any mistake they may have made? That would have been the proper way to handle the situation. Maybe an employee did the work and the owner doesn't know. I also have a hard time understanding how the teeth on the regulator were out of synch with the teeth on the motor. They match or the window doesn't go up and down. Perhaps your window regulator is badly twisted and should have been replaced. MB power window motors have a lot of torque and either strip out the last few teeth on the regulator in the up position or twist the regulator so badly that it can't function.

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No, Peter, I didn't. They were going to do my oil cooler hoses too and the lady and the front desk would not let me speak with the mechanic who owns the place about the type of hoses they were going to use. The hoses were lying in a box outside the office door. They didn't look like the right ones. She got really ugly with me and so I politely asked for my keys and left and drove the 50 miles to the dealership in our state's capitol city. They installed the oil cooler lines and discounted the labor rate and treated me like a king and guaranteed the repair-parts and labor for a full year.

None of the teeth were stripped. I took it apart and checked myself. I think he removed the motor from the other half of the regulator because the plastic piece that actually rides in the track under the window itself had to be replaced. There were clearly marks on the metal arm where someone had used an angle grinder to get the rivet off the old plastic glide. I would have drilled it myself so as not to mess up the arm. But it wasn't bent.

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