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Old 07-10-2002, 07:00 PM
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How do I install (front) shocks on W210

Anybody done this? I appreciate any input, thanks.

Read on for dealer rant...

I was going to have the dealer (MB of Nashville) do it but they have made me mad by their deceptive trade practice, i.e. they told me "$217 parts and labor we'll have it done by five." I said "Wow, you sure, that seems WAY cheap for parts and labor". He reassured me that $217 was out the door cost. Yipee!

Five rolls around, they say "We need to getcha back in here because we only had one shock in stock" - no prob, until I look at the bill. They had shown the special order parts (shocks) at $128 each and the labor, of course, is additional. $326 is the latest estimate, but, who knows, they might need to "revise" it again! I knew I should have told them to FAX me the estimate. I talked to the service advisor and BEGGED for ANY little concession - discount on parts, a little break on labor - he was no help. I left a message for the service mgr five hours ago, haven't heard back. It could be an honest mistake, or they might be reaming everybody this way! MBUSA will hear about this. I hate to whine but do ALL dealers have to be such puckered filthy A******S. I hate dishonesty. I feel better now.
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Old 07-10-2002, 07:20 PM
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Update: Manager extends 10% discount

He was as nice as could be, explained the obvious and listened patiently to my ranting, and gave me $32.60 discount. I wish I could revise quotes to my customers like MB Nashville can!! WooHoo I'd be RICH!!
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Old 07-10-2002, 11:52 PM
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Talking to myself here...

I still would like to know what's involved if I decide to tackle this job myself. I found lots of good info using the SEARCH of course, but it was for W124 cars. Is it the same?

Thanks again,
-TOM
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Old 07-11-2002, 12:39 PM
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I haven't changed them on my E430, but I have looked the suspension over pretty carefully, and it looks like a ten minute job (per side). I would support the lower control arm with a jack, loosen the fasteners top and bottom, compress the shock a bit, slide it out at the bottom and pull down from the top mounting.
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Old 07-11-2002, 05:57 PM
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i believe vince is correct about the fronts being quite simple, but the rears are more of a hassle. you have to remove the trunk lining to get to the top bolts. it is definitely do-able, will just take a little more time and you may need pneumatic tools; there may not be enough room for leverage...
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