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Old 02-08-2002, 12:08 PM
Bruce Sharfstei
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lower subframe replacement on 1979 450 sl

Thanks to MB DOC for his recent advice. I called my local dealer and have an appt. to have the lower subframe replaced. I also discovered that there was another safety recall on this make and model for a problem with the accelerator pedal cable linkage (which is also getting done). What I am curious about is the following: My local dealer tells me that while the subframe and attendent labor is free of charge, there is an installation kit that I will probably need to pay for (approx $100.00) and that the job may generate about another $300. in various bushing replacements. I have no problem with this if it is legit., but can't escape the feeling that I'm being had. Any additional advice out there?
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:23 PM
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It would not be practical and surely not advisable to reuse the subframe bushings which are a maintenance item anyway.

If they are covering the subframe and install I would advise them replacing anything they find including lower control arm bushings.
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:28 PM
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I just had the subframe replaced on my 73 450sl two days ago. I was told I needed lower ball joints replaced at a cost of $300.00. It seemed a little high, but I did it anyway. The car was great before, but I think its even a little better now; a little tighter. I had previously replaced the subframe bushings. I think these are a $75.00 item, and I'd get these replaced.
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Old 02-08-2002, 05:44 PM
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ITS true the safety recall includes the new subframe & even a lower control arm IF it is bent, HOWEVER it doesn't include new rubber engine mounts OR subframe mounts. So spend a few hundred & have all new front end rubber bushings, the front end will feel a lot better.
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