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Old 01-21-2002, 09:42 AM
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Hello All, I recently purchased a 95 sl500 with 91000 miles. It was well maintained ( new headgaskets, timing parts, module, etc.) and the services as per manuel but none done by mercedes. My question is mercedes wants 700.00 to do a 90000 mile service to bring it up to date. This was performed but I don't know by who. I bought an extended warranty that covers quite a but (so they say). Your opinion is greatly appreciated. George
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Old 01-21-2002, 06:43 PM
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I believe this service (called the "B" service... a COMPLETE service!) is something like $400-$500 for an 8 cylinder model at the dealer (avg/general estimate). I believe that the 6 and 8 cylinder service cost is pretty similar. It's the 4 cylinder and 12 cylinder models that are a handful lower and higher, respectively. And that cost includes parts AND labor, to my knowledge... unless of course, replacement parts are needed.
I would find out (if you haven't yet) what the selling dealer normally charges for a 30k mile service on a 95 SL500...
Good luck!

So, yes, I think $700 seems quite pricey (but still possible I suppose) for a B service on an 8 cylinder.
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Old 01-22-2002, 02:54 AM
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The dealers generally charge a few extra bucks for the R129 cars, as they include checking the top and roll-bar operation. Hey, I know it only takes a few minutes, but...
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Old 01-22-2002, 07:16 AM
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re: service opinon

i dunno...but....even with 91K, it sounds kinda funky to do head gaskets, etc. on that car. either beaten hard, or poorly maintained? ...maybe your tech sees evidence of a 'scary job' ahead. ...even with many justifiable complaints on this forum re: bad service, i can tell you there's often another side to the story.

i had a guy last summer bring me an old 450SL. he said it just needed some minor things to run smooth, as he'd had a 'major' tuning only 1000 miles prior ( are you smelling that Limburger yet? ). first thing i did was pull the dist. cap & it looked like the grand canyon at night in there...he hit the roof when i told him that he needed a 'major' again because it wasn't done before. the story get worse from there, but you get the picture.
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