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1990 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 300SL 2D Roadster

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December 31, 2010, 5:38 am

Michael M
 

Question: Top will not go down.

My top would not go down after 55,000 miles. I brought it to a dealer that said they had to do a diagnostic at $160.00. They gave me a loaner and called back later in the day to say the hinges were bent and would cost $600.00 to replace. I'm not sure how that could be because the roll bar also failed to work. That always worked before even when the top is up! They then said there was an oil leak at the valve cover with a repair cost of $800.00 and then the motor mounts needed replacement at a cost of $1,800.00. I really feel like I'm getting ripped off.


January 2, 2011, 8:31 pm

Tyler O
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German cars are notoriously expensive to repair thanks to expensive parts and convoluted design, which increases labor time and costs.

If you feel the estimates are too high for your budget, call around and see if anyone can give you a better deal for the same quality of work.


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