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Old 12-28-2003, 11:12 PM
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I've never seen a 1995, but my 1999 version has the glow plugs under the intake manifold. That's the giant silver thing with 6 tubes in the center of the picture. It has to come off to do the glow plugs, and I paid around $500 at the dealership for the last set. I thought that was highway robbery. $950 is nothing short if ridiculous - I can't believe they said that to you with a straight face. Shop somewhere else.
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Old 12-29-2003, 12:37 AM
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Rick's intake looks like a breeze to remove !

I think perhaps some of these independent shops have two prices...one for men and a much higher one for women.

At least the "Stealership" is consistent...high repair prices for everyone !
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Old 12-29-2003, 10:34 AM
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Well, you all just saved me an awful lot of money. I called a dealership in NJ and they estimate this job to be between $350 - $400. I could not believe it at first but then I remembered what all of you said about this. My diesel is scheduled for January 14th. I will update all of you on it after I get it back. You never know, they could find something else. Part of me feels like this price is too good to be true.

All the best to all of you for a very Happy New Year

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Old 12-29-2003, 01:04 PM
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Miles of a difference in costs for glo plugs replacement

virtualdoc07, the prior owner told me his service dept told him on the 1995, glo plugs have to be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Could this be true?? I have 130,000 miles on it. It's a great car, isn't it???

See my prior message wherein the Mercedes dealership came in $500 LESS than my mechanic on this. I am in shock.

Thanks again.

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Diane

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Old 12-29-2003, 02:36 PM
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Forgot to include that in my post. Mine had glow plugs replaced at 40K and 75K. So the 40K mile interval sounds about right. They don't last as long as the plugs in previous generation engines because they continue to glow after the engine starts in order to improve cold running.
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Thank you Rick. The 99 turbo diesel is beautiful. What is it's reputation for repairs?
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Old 12-29-2003, 02:57 PM
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Mine has been fabulous, but others here have not had the same experience. I've had only two unexpected expenses - a cracked dashboard and the aforementioned glow plugs. There were a couple transmission problems early on, and the transmission was rebuilt at 80K miles (warranty), although whether that was actually needed is questionable. Oh, and the rear window regulators were replaced under warranty. So I'm very happy with its performance over 4 years and 94,000 miles. However, at least two members here sold theirs because they spent more time in the shop than on the road. I think dealer competency probably has a lot to do with that.
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Any experience with purchases on Ebay?

Rick, I wish you continued good fortune with it. I have seen many beautiful 99 td's on Ebay. I recently purchased a 2000 e320 4 matic from a local dealer (it was a great value and it is Starmarked to 100,000 miles or April of 2008). It does not have every feature I would have liked but that's okay. On the other hand, I have frequently seen beautiful Mercedes being sold on ebay with navigation systems, etc. Since I am new to this site, I ask if anyone knows of the success of buying a Mercedes on e-bay, i.e., are they great deals, do they come with warranties, or are they clunkers?
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Old 01-31-2004, 09:48 PM
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Glow Plug

Well; I finally finished the glow plug replacemnet . I replaced 2 out of six, took 5 hrs losts of swearing. Didn't have to take intake manifold off, but wish I had smaller hands. Bad gGP's in #'s 1 and 3. Had to rremove fuel filter to get to #1. What a pain. Getting cross-over tube back on was a real trip too.

Felt real good to fire this baby up.
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You know, this is the second thread I recall reading where a woman was taken for a high dollar repair on something which, although it may be complex, is not $950 complex...

If your original mechanic was a dealership, Id write to the owner and complain bigtime after you get it done at the other place. Also let us know the dealer, so we dont deal with them. If it was an independent mechanic that doesnt specialize in MB cars, let us know who, just in case (probably we wont go to them anyway). And, if it is an independent who works on MB cars only, definately let us know so we can save making a bad choice for an indy whom we would think would be good because he ought to do MB only work and charge reasonable prices.

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Thank you so very much for your concern. Actually, I ended up taking it to Milleneum Mercedes in Bridgewater NJ. The 1st service advisor was very dishonest, quoting me $350 and then when the job was finished, trying to charge me $500 and told me glo plug #4 could not be replaced because it was stuck and, which meant the glo plug light on the dash no longer worked. I then called his manager, who was just as good as could be. He apologized, charged me $180 and then sent his top mechanic out to look at glo plug #4 and now that is replaced. There were a few other things in the car that needed attention and his prices for them were 1/3 of what the first manager, Kevin, quoted me. The manager, Ralph Conner, is probably the most honest mechanic I've ever dealt with. He really took care of my car. It starts up beautifully now. The only thing now is that when going over 40 mph a siren noise comes from the dash. I have to bring it in and he will look at it. Maybe something became loose when his mechanics were taking the car apart inside.

There is a good Mercedes mechanic in Short Hills NJ who my friend just took her car to. She said he was 1/4 the dealer price, fast and a perfectionist. She is so happy. I need his name. Actually, she got it from a post on good mechanics right on this website.

Again, thanks so much for your help.

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