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Old 10-26-2002, 08:09 PM
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Smile blown headgasket and rough ide resolution

This thread is for the "diy's" who have a problem with their mb's and think they would like to try save a few $'s. I had a blown head gasket on the right bank, my local MB dealer quoted a price of 6k for top job and 2.5k for gasket repalcement.

I ventured into this job myself having a fair amount of mech. knowledge. Completed the top job for about $950.00, (not including my time, there is a learning cure. The first time is the longest.) including head resurfacing, valve grinding, gaskets & seals, new injectors, oil lines, timimg chain, new battery, and misc. parts.

A MB tech at my local dealer was more than helpful in advice and the loaning of special tools. Mercedes has become quite competive in OEM parts pricing. The combination of this website and the tech. at my dealer saved me big $'s and made the entire repair a learning, and fun project. I have a 420 SEL with the 116 engine. Thanks to all who had suggestions when I posted my first thread....
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Old 10-26-2002, 09:16 PM
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You're very brave indeed. How many hours do you figure you spent on the job? Back when I used to see a lot of 116 top end work I could do that job start to finish ( including heli-coils and machine work ) in about 40 hrs. This is not a typical DIY job so you should give yourself a pat on the back for seeing it through. Now that you've done it though, do you agree or disagree with the prices you were quoted? As an MB tech with years of experience I'd like to know how it feels for the vehicle owner to have the shoe on the other foot! Also, hats off to the tech who gave you all the help. There's still plenty of us out there ( although some people will disagree ) that are willing to help a client no matter what it takes. Seeya
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Old 10-30-2002, 05:52 PM
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I would estamate 45 hours of my time (not including the machine shop time). This is a different animal when it comes to dissecting the 116. I have a fair amount of mechanical abilities, but MB engineered this engine to last and working on is not as straight foreword as a American engine. Different tools and different fastners, clamps, and the (NM's) for torque. It is much easier and less time consuming with a service manual, but the biggest help is without a doubt the first hand help from fellows like my local tech. this website, and interested friends like you. I do have a new appreciation for the MB techs. As a group they are some of the most professional mechanics I have had the pleasure to deal with. Also Mercedes has been very reasonable to deal with. I live close to Newport News, Va. and "Tysinger Mercedes" is my local dealer who I will always be a faithfull customer and would recomend to anyone in this area with MB problems. I enjoyed the experience and will continue to mantain my 420 and expect many more miles out of it.
My MB runs better today than it did when I bought it. Thanks to everyone who submitted a thread to my questions....
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Old 10-30-2002, 06:05 PM
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You asked how I felt about the price quoted for this work. I would admit this is not the average shadetree mech. undertaking. And without experienced professionals (such as yourself) I would not have attempeted this work. The price quoted was very high from my prospective knowing what I know now. I have a pretty good idea what a senior tech. makes per hour, and I know what the shop charges per hour for the labor, plus parts (most of which have to be ordered). I feel the work could have been done for maybe 2k less than quoted.
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