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Old 07-12-2004, 02:35 PM
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most and least money on repair?

How much have you spent on repairs to your MB?

Single repairs = sticker shock price, high and low.

Total repairs = up to date total.

This may be scary for some new owners.
Remain calm, many exceptions will appear here.

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Old 07-12-2004, 02:41 PM
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Total maintenance so far - $8,477
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Old 07-12-2004, 02:47 PM
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Oh, my...

You have a sense of humor, love the name... LOL

I think it is great.
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:03 PM
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Most I've spent on a single repair was $329.01 when I did all four brakes, the front wheel bearings, and the upper control arn bushings.

I've poured a total of $2891.73 into the car, with $701.75 of that being in maintenance...meaning that I've paid $.09 per mile to drive the car.
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:15 PM
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I recentely went through the receipts on a one-owner 300SD that I just bought. Most were indys, some dealer.

$1400 to rebuild the vacuum lock system.
$2500 for Mercedes rebuilt trans.
$1000 for radiator, water pump, and fan clutch
$1300 for AC compressor, hoses and freon.
$1700 for brakes including calipers
$850 for 2 (!) window regulators
$550 for new alternator

Many more over a thousand.

No wonder people think Mercedes are so expensive.

I saw his loan papers too. The car cost $38,000 and his payments were $1450/month. In 1981!

I repaired the cruise control on the same car (est was $900 at the POs indy) for nada. Resoldered all joints except IC's and compared to a known good one for solder bridges. Works perfect.
1984 300Sd 210k

Former cars:
1984 300D 445k (!!) (Strider) Original (and not rebuilt) engine and transmission. Currently running on V80 ( 80% vegetable oil, 20% petroleum products). Actually not, taking a WVO break.
1993 300d 2.5 275k. Current 120/day commuter
1981 300SD 188k (Hans) Killed by a deer
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:50 PM
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Most expensive single repair was $2200 for a broken timing chain on a 1986 190E 2.3.

Most expensive collectively was $8,000 over 40,000 miles from 1997 to 1999 in a 1987 300E.

Least expensive was odometer repair in my 240D. Did it myself for free.
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Former MB: 99 E300, 86 190E 2.3, 87 300E, 80 240D, 82 204D Euro
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Old 07-12-2004, 04:29 PM
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Transmission replacement at $1100 was most expensive, all the others were much cheaper...
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Old 07-12-2004, 04:32 PM
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Bought the car in Feb. 04 with about 298,000 on the meter--now have 308,000 and so far:

Guide rod mounts--$150.00 parts, labor mine;
Tie rods, center link, steering dampner and idle rod kit--$126.00 parts, labor mine;
Rear window seal--parts and labor--$250.00 parts and labor (don't ask for my opinion on that one);
Replace rusted front driver side door--$50.00 salvage yard part, labor mine
Replace wood trim--$5.00 salvage yard part, labor mine
Oil cooler hoses--$210.00 parts, labor mine
Oil cooler (lower aluminum fitting fused to hose fitting and ruined)--$50.00 salvage yard part, labor mine.

Most of these items are long term replacements. I plan to replace one other rusted door with salvage yard door (the ones I have match original color but the !@#$%^ pin stripe is 3/4" off). Other work done falls under routine maintenance and not repairs and is not listed.

Through all this, I have been saving at least $100.00 per week not driving my gas hog (it is just sittin' in my garage pissing me off every time I pass it).
1984 300SD 326,997 miles and counting . . . No wait, my odometer is still dead
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:50 PM
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Most$$$- $700 for 1 ball joint replacement.

Least- Nothing. The ball joint was the only time anyone but me has had their hads on her.
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Old 07-12-2004, 09:01 PM
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Lets see most expensive so far: The radiator was $430, the injectors cost me $380, and the brake job I did was like $500. I'll have to add up my records to see what I have spent so far, probably like $3k plus the purchase price.

Ohh I almost forgot about that $631 for oil cooler lines and the cooler itself.

Cheapist fix was the shifter rattle that was driving me crazy, I got the bushing out of my parts car. $0 My clear corners were also free.
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Old 07-12-2004, 09:05 PM
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Purchased a used, 144k mile 300D engine/tranny for $1k. Installed it myself.
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Old 07-12-2004, 09:19 PM
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Got the trans in the 280SE rebuilt - $1k
Replaced the trans (used), radiator(new, A/C compressor(new), steering linkages,(new) engine(rebuilt),and rotors in the 300D - still shakes so much the ladies had best wear a sports bra.
Replaced the radiator(new), the right cam & lifters, timing chain, subframe mount(drivers side), androtors, on the 420SEL.
Replaced the front rotors, wiring harness(not cheap), ignition module(not cheap at all), steering linkages, and soon the blower motor (wont run at all) and it looks like the S/C compressor is leaking too.

Anybody wanna buy one of these so I can pay for the repairs?
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Old 07-12-2004, 10:34 PM
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i currenttly have $1221.50 into my 300sd. all work done by myself and logged on a sheet stating what was replaced,date replaced,miles,brand,price,and who did the work
have no worries.....President Obama swears "If you like your gun, you can keep it
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:25 PM
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Lets see...

Purchased car almost 2 months ago, not running for $220.00

Replaced starter $0.00 came with car
Retimed pump, was 36 degrees retarded. about $2.00 for oil filter adapter gasket.
oil/filter change $30.00
New brakes/calipers $240.00
Straight pipe exhaust $150.00
Adjust valves $0.00
Test compression $0.00
Check injectors on nozzle rater $0.00
Install aftermarket cruise control $140.00
4 new Pioneer speakers $200.00
AC Compressor, had one from my blazer $0.00
Refrigerant and oil $18.00

still needs:
oil cooler line
shutoff solenoid
idler arm bushing kit
tires before winter
fuel line repaired
manual valve for heater control
slightly larger nozzle tips
a little more boost

Total investement so far: $970.00

1978 300SD
Running Biodiesel/SVO, 2 tank system
127,000 Miles
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:28 PM
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Originally posted by tenknots

$1700 for brakes including calipers
$850 for 2 (!) window regulators
$550 for new alternator

Someone swear out a warrant for theft!

Michael LaFleur

'05 E320 CDI - 86,000 miles
'86 300SDL - 360,000 miles
'85 300SD - 150,000 miles (sold)
'89 190D - 120,000 miles (sold)
'85 300SD - 317,000 miles (sold)
'98 ML320 - 270,000 miles (sold)
'75 300D - 170,000 miles (sold)
'83 Harley Davidson FLTC (Broken again) :-(
'61 Plymouth Valiant - 60k mikes
2004 Papillon (Oliver)
2005 Tzitzu (Griffon)
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