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Old 11-04-2003, 02:24 PM
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I need to get two repairs done on my 1985 380SE and want to get a ballpark cost:

1. Exhaust - there's a leak below the driver's door. What would it cost to replace the center pipe and/or back to the tailpipe.

2. Driver's window - the switch works and the motor whirs inside the door but the window has gone from making a banging noise when closing to non-functional. I'm thinking regulator. What's the cost?

Thanks for any feedback. I don't have the time or tools to do this myself, but I have an great mechanic. Just want an idea of the damage to my wallet.
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Old 11-04-2003, 02:29 PM
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Your window could be as cheap as $7 to fix. There is a small plastic piece that rides in the regulator channel called a "sliding jaw" that is prone to failure. Only one way to find out though.
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Old 11-04-2003, 02:42 PM
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Does that sound like the culprit to you? All the moving parts seem to be in working order otherwise. The window was going up about 80% of the way before it started making a pounding noise and slipping. It's a lot of labor to check this thought, isn't it?
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:35 PM
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I had a small leak in the exhaust all I did was take it to a muffler place and had the guy weld the hole shut. It was actually where the previous joint/weld was, so he just re-welded it on top of the previous weld. Might not be pretty but I can not see it. It cost me 5 bucks, then again I live in central america but how much it cost you there at a muffler shop? Not much, I think.....
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:41 PM
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He already patched it once and did me a favor by helping it through my last inspection. It needs more than just a patch.
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