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Old 01-05-2002, 02:16 AM
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Reasonable Repair Costs?

I have a 1992 500SL and have been going to the same dealer for service and repairs for years.

On my last visit it turns out that I needed (1) brake rotors and pads on all four wheels, (2) a blower fan regulator, fan and the bracket supporting these parts and (3) a new belt and belt sentioner. The tab for this work came to $3,200.

Assuming all this work needed to be done, is this a reasonable cost?
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Old 01-05-2002, 04:15 AM
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That seems extremely high. The parts alone will run between $700-$850 depending where you get them. Dealer prices shouldn't exceed $1200-$1300. Which leaves about $2K for labor.
Considering that the regulator and tensioner are very easy to change on this model and the brake job is like any other car I can't imagine $2k for labor.
What exactly was the breakdown (labor, parts)?

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Old 01-05-2002, 08:19 AM
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Is this a MB dealer? Based on the building/facility that our local dealer has it looks like they probably have a pretty high overhead - beautiful, well laid out facility covering quite a few acres of premium real estate. Places like that are not cheap to build and maintain. Wonder how much of your cost went toward maintaining the facility? If it is a dealer I would start looking for a good, reputable independent.
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Old 01-05-2002, 09:46 AM
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HVAVarts:blower 522
housing 193
motor 279
labor 430


brake parts 538
labor 705

belt and tensioner parts 247
labor 298

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Old 01-05-2002, 10:47 AM
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I'll take that back. I didn't realize they replaced the Blower assembly as well. $522 sounds about right for a dealer. However, I'm confused on the additional motor. Maybe that's a typo and is supposed to be the regulator.
Parts prices set aside, the labor seems very high. $705 for a brake job. What did they do? Rebuild the calipers. Shouldn't take more than 2 hours to change rotors and pads.
Next time find a good independent and order the parts from Mercedesshop.

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Old 01-05-2002, 11:49 AM
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Parts prices set aside, the labor seems very high. $705 for a brake job.
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There are many dealer having labor rates above $100. $705 labor for brake cost is not unheard of. I spotted a front brake job on my 1987 300TD by the previous owner at a MB dealer and the labor was $348. The description for that was install front pads and turn rotors.
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Old 01-05-2002, 07:08 PM
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There are many dealer having labor rates above $100.
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Is that per hour? If we go by book it's 1.6 hours to change front rotors and 2.2 for rears. That's only 3.8 hours. Even if you add another 2 hours for pads (which would be ridiculous), that's a total 5.8 hours. Depending on labor rates I can't understand anything more than $300-$400 (low), $400-$500 (high end).
After all, they are only replacing parts. They are not rebuilding or resurfacing any of the parts.

Vin

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Old 01-05-2002, 07:22 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good independent in San Francisco?
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Old 01-05-2002, 09:24 PM
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Is that per hour?
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Yes, that is per hour. Many of the Chicago dealer are near, at. or above that.

I have never owned an SL but I heard the flat hours on these models are high.
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