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Old 10-29-2004, 06:21 PM
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Refinishing wheels is a great little project and if you really take your time they can come out real nice!

I have an aftermarket set of wheels on my W126, they like a wider tire. I am running a 225 wide set of Yoko's that are nice and sticky. But I would be careful with the side wall, I have 55 side walls and the ride feels stock but with 40's or smaller you will feel the potholes!

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Old 10-29-2004, 11:24 PM
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2) 1987 with 110k... It's got the chrome factory wheels
No such thing as chrome factory wheels for an 87 MB.

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Old 10-30-2004, 12:07 AM
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No such thing as chrome factory wheels for an 87 MB.
Factory wheels chrome plated either during dealer prep on delivery or afterwards by a third party.
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Old 10-30-2004, 12:42 AM
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Good catch. I would have had you for sure if you said factory chrome wheels

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Good catch. I would have had you for sure if you said factory chrome wheels

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Old 10-30-2004, 07:28 PM
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Chrome wheels? It must be fun to keep the brake dust off of them. MB's throw tons of brake dust I have to clean my wheels 2-3 times a week.
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Old 10-30-2004, 07:56 PM
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Mbz Parts Cost Skyrockteing

GOt real sticker shock this AM. Been trying to get 'heater hoses' for my 94 sl-600. None in stock in USA. 8-10 days from The Fatherland. Th ecritical one is a 1978 part # and used on over 20 models too ($5.65) Been a regular customer of parts floks there for 20+ years. Checked price for engine compartment main wiring harness (the old Insulation turns to dust problem). In the last year (I checked then) the price has gone from $900 to $ 2900!!! ETA's (same wire to dust problem)have gone from $1700& $1850 each to $3500 and $2900!! Parts man said he has seen price increases of over 500% ,especially on parts for older cars (those not current models). His suspicion is MBZ is trying to kill off the older cars by raising parts prices tremendously and also not stocking them any more either. So what was once in stock or 3 days max is noe 8-10 working days to get and 5 times as much!!
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Old 10-30-2004, 08:55 PM
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Well prices have been going up in the last year because the dollar is weaker against the Euro. I have found parts prices to be pretty good, their pretty much in line with what I paid for good Toyota parts.
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Ya, but $900 to $2900 is not weakness in the dollar - something else going on. I suspect they are just trying to make up for money they're not making on new cars, and if it kills off the older cars - that OK too. That's the inevitable result of all this maintenance "inflation" - which is considerable on the labor side as well.
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Old 10-30-2004, 09:16 PM
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Dealer's price the parts MB only suggests a list price. It sounds like your dealer is marking things up a lot more. If you call 3 different dealers you will get 3 different prices.

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