Originally Posted by Achped
Lets be clear that as I've said you cannot get this part replaced at an indy shop it MUST be done at a dealership. I have already kept up with my transmission fluid maintenance there is absolutely no reason to get another opinion. This is not what the "stealership" told me - I already knew this going in thanks to Google.
I complained to the dealership about the cost. I showed them all the paperwork I have of doing all my maintenance at Mercedes dealers (mostly warranty work but routine stuff too) and they agreed to repair the transmission for $1400. This is mainly due to military discounts, subtracting the costs of both transmission maintenance repairs I have done, and other things.
I'm not upset at all anymore. It is a 7 year old car. It does have 72000 miles on it. $1400 could be spent a lot of other ways but if I get another 5 years out of this car it will be worth it. However, I may take the advice and drive this car for a year or so (to recoup the money I'm losing now) and then trade it in or sell it outright and buy a cheaper car. My biggest worry with used cars is not knowing how they've been maintained. I know I've meticulously cared for my car and I don't mind spending $1400 to repair a transmission on a clean, well maintained vehicle. But I don't want to buy a $5000 car that I have no history on and drop $1400 on it - that would just grind my gears.
BMW's can also have some odd low mileage issues also....like they had built in faults.....
My nephew went through hell with a 2005 BMW. It had head issues that was going to cost $8,000- $11,000 to fix!!!! He dumped it.
I did not think Mercedes Benz which has very little aftermarkets parts for it available. One good reason not to own one unless it is brand new and you are only keeping it for a few years...
That way you don't even change the oil and pork the next owner.
What did the stealership say about the 'fix' for the tranny issue? IS it a simple repair or did they acknowledge the 'issue' and the repair gets you going again AND corrects the initial faulty engineering problem?
Buying a cheap used car.....you also buy all of it's faults. Fix this one and driving the tires off of it is the cheapest alternative....and don't buy no more stinkin' fancy smanchy, high falutin' foreign vehicles...