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Old 04-30-2003, 02:21 PM
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I am considering the purchase of a 1993 300. Can a dealer determine if the head gasket and wiring harness were replaced from the VIN? Does this only apply to repairs made by MB dealers, or will repairs made by independent mechanics show on the database? I have the VIN, can someone on this forum run this check?

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Old 04-30-2003, 04:32 PM
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Naturally, the dealer's computer will only have records for things that were done at any Mercedes dealer.

They can run a report called a VMI (vehicle master inquiry) that will list all of the recall / warranty work that was done on the car. If the wiring harness and / or head gasket were replaced under warranty, then they would show up.

If they were not replaced in this fashion, then those items would not be listed on the VMI.

If the owner of the vehicle had these items replaced at a dealer, then certainly they would have a record of it, but they usually won't share this information with you unless you own the car. The service and repair records belong to the owner of the car when the work was performed.

If the dealer owns the car at this time on their lot, then I see no reason why they won't share the complete service and repair history of the vehicle.

There is a way to check the wiring harness to see if it's been replaced. It is somewhere in the archives if you'd like to experiment with the search function.
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