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Old 08-22-2002, 10:22 AM
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wiring harness?

Ok, did an archive search, but just looking for reassuring (!)confirmation.

Symptom one: on occasion idle will stumble--this is most noticable while sitting at a light while in gear, foot on brake.

Second symptom: acceleration from stop is rough, stuttering a bit, then smooths out. This is also intermittent. Sometimes serious enough for the car to 'cough', almost like a backfire. Car has not stalled and starts everytime.

Car does have new plug wires and OVP, 105k miles. Suspect dreaded brittle harness.

If I bring this car to a dealer for a 'goodwill' harness replacement, having never had the car serviced there (just got it recently from independent vendor), will they give me the boot, or be polite and say sure, come on in? Looking for people's experience on this.

If they tell me to take a hike, can a reasonably skilled diy-er do the repair?

thanks for your responses!
1995 MB E320 Wagon
2001 BMW 530i
2007 MINI Cooper S (!)
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:06 AM
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...from following this issue on the subject threads over a couple of years

>it is a dyi to verify the failure of the wiring harness (search here there's pics!)

>as time goes on....there's less and less folks able to get a good will r/r on this issue for the W124's (Starmark warranty covers it however- had the wiring harness on my '94 E320 coupe replaced last year under Starmark)

>dealer w/ most likely give ya the 'goodwill' boot due to (take your pick): over 100k on the odo, d/n purchase the car from them, not original owner, probably no other dealer relationship ie used or new MB purchases, no factory warranty...perhaps you are an acquaintance of the owner(s) of a MB dealership personally and are due a favor/goodwill?

>dealer would be happy to do the r/r for you at full wage & retail parts pricing...but may be nego into helping w/ some type of discount (best thing about dealer is warranty on parts and labor)

>qualified inde should be able to do r/r no problemo (save $ on the part ordering from mercedessshop)

good luck and let us know what turns out
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