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Old 06-28-2006, 11:27 PM
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PLEASE READ- wtf, my spring fell off

Hi all,
So I'm driving along tonight in my 97 E320 arount 30 mph on a local road and I hear a big clunk boom bang in my left front wheel. The frigging spring broke off of the car at what looks to be the weld point... It literally broke off at the top of the spring where it's connected to the frame!!!!

Someone please tell me that falls into a spring perch recall that I've read about on this forum. I can't beleive that this could occur on a car of this quality.

Any info on similar experiences, remedies, costs, and what was included in the repair is most welcomed.

Thank you.

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Old 06-28-2006, 11:34 PM
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Sprint perch failures happen with these cars. Do a search for it.


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Old 06-29-2006, 12:19 PM
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Welcome to the club. MB has been pretty good about fixing this at no cost. Call your dealer and see what they say.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:48 PM
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Update today...

Mercedes service tech at my local dealer says to tow it in so that they can take a look. He says that he's seen this before and Mercedes has covered the cost of the repair as long as it looks like the owner wasn't negligent in any way. (How can someone neglect the undercarriage weld point of the spring??!?)

So I'm fairly encouraged that they'll take care of the fix but I'm sure there will be a catch.

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