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Old 08-28-2007, 08:14 AM
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Cost of a tune-up?

What should I expect to pay for a tune-up ?
Indy VS Stealership
basic VS more than I need

My 1990 500sl , 107k, runs just fine, good accelleration, starts every time, non smoker, good mpg ( 15-19mpg when not hot doging it), a bit of a rough idol when cold.

I just don't know if it was ever tuned-up or how diffrent it may feel after some TLC.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:53 PM
98 SL 600 'Roxanne'
Join Date: May 2006
Location: sacramento
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I have a SL600. As to your statement, "runs just fine" I am almost inclined to tell you to stay away from a dealership or any mechanic.

In the alternative, although my car needs a mechanic with more expertise, I will only let a master's Mercedes mechanic touch my car for anything other than routine maintenance. That being said, my regular maintenance I have done by a Mercedes specialist.

He charges about 100/hour so you can figure out how much a tune up will cost. "Tune" I think is an outdated irrelevant term nowadays, but i'm no mechanic.

I would just change plugs, oil, trans, brake, coolant flush, etc. and see how it runs, should still "run just fine." With your mileage, you should also investigate timing chain replacement, not cheap, but essential.

Hope that helps, email me if you have specific questions.

I have a local indie that I "trust". That means alot, although I don't think it would be much more to go to stealership, but I don't trust them generally for obvious reasons.
'98 SL600 Black/Black
2002 E320 White
'76 450SEL Sold, too thirsty
'85 300TD Sold, shouldn't have
Maybe a 280SL someday
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:08 PM
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Start with a full tank and a jug of Chevron Techron fuel injection cleaner. May run a bit rough when it's in there, but will get much improved once it cleans the injectors.
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