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Old 03-30-2006, 08:53 PM
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Why do W123 AC Compressors always cost $300.00?

Why do W123 AC Compressors always cost $300.00? I've bought other quality models for $200 or less. Whats so special about it anyway? Sometimes I (wishful thinking) could retrofit a Volvo compressor on there at $150.00...

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Old 03-30-2006, 09:01 PM
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ALWAYS $300.00? Funny, I can find rebuilt ones (Behr) for almost half that.

Don't tell them it's for a Mercedes-Benz if you're going to a auto parts store. Since it's a GM Delco R4 compressor, tell them it's for something like a 1982 Caprice Classic or whatever GM vehicles used it, see if they say it's $300 then.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:02 PM
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think AC delco for air conditioning.

If there is one thing that american cars have over just about any euro car is quality Air conditioning. Think AC delco for a cheap compressor. I believe I have a '79 300SD benz with a Delco compressor. I thought the germans might have put it on but I guess not. Not that it works or anything, but that holds true with most everthing on that car, about all it does is start and drive, it won't stop it won't or charge.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:29 PM
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The one on the SDL is $700, I wish it was $300.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:45 PM
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ALWAYS $300.00? Funny, I can find rebuilt ones (Behr) for almost half that.

Don't tell them it's for a Mercedes-Benz if you're going to a auto parts store. Since it's a GM Delco R4 compressor, tell them it's for something like a 1982 Caprice Classic or whatever GM vehicles used it, see if they say it's $300 then.

and R4 compressors are not all the same...there is an oil hole in a bearing or seal that needs to be in a certain orientation. the benz typicly is what would be upside down. Then there is the manifold mounting differences..

Rebuilt ones have a very high failure rate from what I hear...with labor and refridgerant prices to clean up after a "black death" failure I'd rather buy a new one up front. THere have been discussions and threads with photos in the last 2 years.
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:55 PM
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I buy mine from Napa for $106 including tax. I just did an A/C restore on the white coupe I just sold. I get the rebuild one and never had a failure. But I also use the BG synthetic compressor oil which keeps them alive.

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