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Old 12-26-2007, 02:17 PM
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Things seem to be under control. I found a local Indy that will be doing the job for me. He specializes in the the 123 and 126 and has about 30yrs experence. I felt very comfortable after talking to him. He also has a couple of parts cars in the event plan B (replace trailing arm) comes into play.

Stay tuned
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Ready by Sunday?

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Old 12-26-2007, 04:13 PM
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You really don't even want to think about the rear wheel bearing. Pass to go, sell the car, take a bus home, it is that bad.
nah- the last one I did took less than 2 hours. this was my second time around , so I was familiar w/ the prcess. the only special tool you really need is the 4 pronged socket. got mine shipped from ZDMack for around $35.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:04 PM
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Jack;

Ready by Sunday?

John
He knows I need to leave Mon. morning and said it shouldn't be a problem.
I trailered the car over to his shop this morning and after lunch it was inside. I am expecting a call(and the bill) sometime tomorrow.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:06 AM
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Picked the 300D up yesterday after plan "B" was finished.
Way too much damage to the bearing seat to reuse and
ended up replacing trailing arm with a new bearing kit
installed. Indy was great and had car done as promised and
on budget. Anyone in this area of PA. (pottstown) needing help
should check this guy out
Jim "Red" Kieffer.


Does anyone else get the "shakes" when they don't have a benz to drive?
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:39 AM
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Hooray! Have a safe trip back home.

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:41 AM
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Geez, I would hate to know what "on budget" was, but you will drive with great piece of mind from here on out.
What happened with the bearing seat?
Be sure and pick up one of those hub nut tools for when the other side comes a calling.....
Have a safe trip the rest of the way.....
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:40 PM
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Be sure and pick up one of those hub nut tools for when the other side comes a calling.....
I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to be the one to say it.

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Old 12-29-2007, 10:05 PM
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Geez, I would hate to know what "on budget" was,
used trailing arm, new bearing kit, labor.....$700.
not having to spend my christmas vacation in
the driveway, in the rain, in 30 degree temps
priceless
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:49 PM
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used trailing arm, new bearing kit, labor.....$700.
not having to spend my christmas vacation in
the driveway, in the rain, in 30 degree temps
priceless
You know what, that is simply the going rate. A fair price for the job. You were not robbed nor did you get the deal of a century. That's OK!
Glad you got it going, and, as an absolute hater of the cold, worth every penny to stay out of the elements.....
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:00 PM
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You know what, that is simply the going rate. A fair price for the job. You were not robbed nor did you get the deal of a century. That's OK!
Glad you got it going, and, as an absolute hater of the cold, worth every penny to stay out of the elements.....
I recall having a similar job done a few years ago, but I don't remember the cost. I'm pretty sure it was less than $1000, but I might of had some other stuff done at the same time.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:08 PM
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You know what, that is simply the going rate. A fair price for the job. You were not robbed nor did you get the deal of a century. That's OK!
Glad you got it going, and, as an absolute hater of the cold, worth every penny to stay out of the elements.....
What even more surprising is the fact that an unknown mechanic, far from home, took on the job immediately at a fair price.

Usually, these situations always turn out much worse from a cost standpoint because the shop knows they have you over a barrell.
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:43 AM
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Does anyone else get the "shakes" when they don't have a benz to drive?
Oh yeah, I have been without one for about three weeks now...I got my friend to drive me up to the MB dealer yesterday in his E300D, I needed that fix in a bad way!

Glad you got your car sorted out!
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:03 AM
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What even more surprising is the fact that an unknown mechanic, far from home, took on the job immediately at a fair price.
Not exactly. Although this mechanic was unknown to me, Not to others in my family. I come from a long line wrenchers and this area is of my birth....old stompin grounds if you will.....and he did remember the family name. Still I was happy to not have to do it myself and the price was very fair for the holiday season.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:40 AM
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Not exactly. Although this mechanic was unknown to me, Not to others in my family. I come from a long line wrenchers and this area is of my birth....old stompin grounds if you will.....and he did remember the family name. Still I was happy to not have to do it myself and the price was very fair for the holiday season.
Gotcha. Well, I was suitably impressed for 24 hours.............then the truth comes out.

Well, having a connection with a mechanic (or any tradesman for that matter) is always a benefit. I cringe at the thought of the M/B at an unknown mechanic...........far from home.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:35 AM
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Well, having a connection with a mechanic (or any tradesman for that matter) is always a benefit. I cringe at the thought of the M/B at an unknown mechanic...........far from home.
That is scary, but I've gotten lucky a couple of times. I had a dealer in chicago refer me to a good indy down the street (he couldn't fit me in right away, I forget the issue) and I found a good indy in DFW from the phone book when my alternator died and I wanted it replaced before I drove home (this guy used a W123 300TD as his shop car). When in doubt, I would just find a dealer.
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