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Old 02-20-2002, 07:04 AM
Bruce Sharfstei
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broken subframe on '79 450 sl - the saga continues

Well. I finally took the car into the dealer yesterday to have the subframe replaced under safety recall. The service writer called me later in the day to tell me that I needed $272 in bushings and motor mounts- OK, I was prepared for that, but he called again later on to say that when the frame broke, the lower control arm and tie rod bent, and the shock broke. These additional parts total about $800. I was under the impression that these parts were covered under the recall if they were damaged as a result of the subframe problem and I mentioned this to him. His reply was that this was only true if the car had been brought in for the recall, before the subframe broke ????? Am I missing something here? If the subframe hadn't broken, why would these other parts have been damaged at all? Anyway, if this is legit, I'll gladly ante up for the parts, but once again I feel like I'm being had. ANY ADVICE OUT THERE PLEASE?
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Old 02-20-2002, 08:11 AM
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ON any of these cars where other parts were damaged due to breakage of an improperly designed subframe & NOT worn out, MB paid us(dealer) for them. I would ask them to contact their service rep!
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Old 02-20-2002, 12:50 PM
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Does this include me?


I am not aware of this recall. Can you give me more information? Does it include, and should I be checking my 1979 450SLC? Appreciate any help you can give.

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Old 02-20-2002, 01:57 PM
Bruce Sharfstei
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I'm not sure, and perhaps one of the experts will reply to your inquiry. However,I do know that if you call your local authorized dealer and give them the VIN (serial) number they can look up the car and tell you what safety recalls there are, and which are still outstanding. In doing this, I also discovered that there was a recall for the throttle cable linkage, which I am having done at the same time.

Good Luck

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