I am learning the Hard way that after the 60K mark, the value of our car falls off a cliff. All while the wear parts failures skyrocket! If you can get out without taking a blood bath, then Run! No relationship should keep you on edge, and it's a shame that this level vehicle keeps us all with our fingers crossed. I feel like I'm in a bad marriage and that I'm always looking over my shoulder for the inevitable. #notworthit
'07 S550 Keep it OR Sell it?
"I currently have 55k mi on my '07. Tranny was just replaced, With engine mounts. And fueling up started to become a nightmare(charcoal filter clogged). Cost of repairs is just absurd. I have always had a MB in my garage. But this one is a money pit. Have $6k in repairs in the last few years. Does this continue or slowly decreases? What are you high mileage guys doing? Not sure if to keep it or sell it for something else."
1 month ago in S-Class (W221)
You must get an extended Warranty! You are at the point where things require changing. "it pays to ride big"
Any issues 08 S550?
"I am considering a 2008 MB s550 w 44k miles. I hear issues of brake squeaks and motor mounts, anything else I should check for? Cream puff plus only$38k. I am worried deal is too good to be true but dealer is well regarded w MB trained shop techs/garage in site. Opinions and pitfalls??"
2 months ago in S-Class (W221)
08 ml350 nav dvd issue
"just recently purchased an 08 ml350 without a nav dvd what nav dvd should i use the latest? or can i use one for an 08 and later i was informed that if i use one older than what was installed last it will mess up the comand center thoughts? thanks"
2 months ago in M-Class (W164)
After changing the battery in my ML350, which is in the worst place humanly possible, I now have an SRS malfunction light (passenger side/battery side). Is there a quick reset, or is this a dealer behind closed door requirement to pull money outta us?
Very common problem, I had this problem until I gave them the bulletin numbers and they rewired both tail lights. Might have cost me $140 plus tax. Hasn't blow a bulb in 18 months since the process. I must have changed bulbs every weekend before the service. The service bulletin is somewhere in a thread around here.
LED tail light question
"So a few of my Individual LED bulb is out on the right side of the rear tail light. can i replace each individual LED or do i have to replace the entire unit? also is this cover under warranty? Has anyone experience this yet?? thanks soph"
I have had the 07 and 08 w221 vehicles, and both have made that same sound after running long enough to get hot. I have charged it off as being normal. I have also posted threads inquiring about this same issue, and gotten no responses.
Water from A/C hitting hot exhaust pipes
"Has anyone seen this? I've had 3 dealers look at this. Problem is when the A/C has been running for a while and i've driven for a while, water leaks down (as normal) but it some lands on the pipes making a "sizzling" noise. Similar to if you put water on a hot stove. They all say this is normal but i've never seen this before in any other car and i find it hard to believe that i would pay all of this money for a car that has this happen to it. I've insisted they check all and they say everything is how spec'd."
My door stop sucking closed about 2 weeks back, I believe I have to bring it in for a costly issue. That's based on all my research.
driver side door no longer suck?
"For awhile now, my driver door no luck suck itself in when closing. Along with it, the car no longer recognize it everytime I open and close the driver side door. Hence, courtesy light no longer come on and my keyless go doesn't completely shut down the car. I've been using the key to start/stop the engine. Does anyone know what could be the problem? Is it a sensor or is it my latching mechanism that's dead?"
The dash error message: "car too low" it is very common, you must have an extended warranty for this type of normal occurrence.
I paid right at $1900 to get the car too low error to leave my life at the Stealership. #front_strut
For some strange reason, these vehicles don't maintain their value. From MSRP to 24 months, to 36 months, its like giving money to your ego. If you look at getting in and getting out in a 24 month period, then the cost of ownership is more than $1000/month. Add maintenance and the outside of warranty mishaps, and you're upside down from the moment that you drive it off lot! #MBownership
W221 Depreciation Hit
"Hello fellow Mercedes enthusiast, I have a simple question I'm hoping you can assist me with. With the MY14 release right around the corner, how much in deprecation can we expect in the current models? The reason I ask is that I was expecting to purchase a 2010 S550 on the 30th however I'm beginning to wonder if I should wait or look for at a different model, such as a used 2012 CLS. I like both models, however the primary reason for selecting the S550 was I found a great deal and the movement to a CLS is about 15k more. If I'm going to take a depreciation hit of 20% in 6 months I'd rather go with the CLS and have the most current model vehicle. Thoughts? Thanks for you advice."
Anyone else having a problem with their driver door not auto closing? It is the most heavily used of all doors, and it was bound to go out. Thanks for the reply.
Which brand battery I you go with, and is getting a tradition brand like energizer or interstate a good idea? FYI, my dealer quote on my replacement was $501.50.
New Battery from Roadside Assistance for $175!!
"I realize some people know this deal, but for those that don't... Battery on my ML550 was completely dead this morning (thanks to child playing with the headlights). Called Roadside Assistance, Tech called back and asked if I could wait an hour for the jump because he was finishing up in the local shop (Wagner Mercedes, Shrewsbury). No problem. In the meantime, I called my dealership Herb Chambers, Natick and asked for a price on replacement battery. Was quoted $430 for the Main. Ouch. Roadside Assistance guy shows up, jumps the car, and I ask how do I know when to replace the main battery. He said about every 4/5 years. My ML is 2008 and I know I've never done that. So, I asked how much I should expect to pay for that, he said "We can do it for $175". I asked how much more is ..."
9 months ago in M-Class (W164)
shucks! I'll sell you mine, much nicer and more features. lower miles.
2008 S550 - Need People's Thoughts
"I like the 2007 and or 2008 S550 because it's in my price range, I want a Black and Tan one, and I would like something a little different than everyone else is driving. This seems to fit the bill. My concerns are that it is no being sold through a MB dealership. The Car Fax looks strange to me as there is not much on it. It is not being sold with a warranty - so i they would add a warranty for $$$$$. Please let me know your thoughts.. The 2nd link takes you to the car fax"
I paid like $150 and all the whinning went away. No other obvious things came with that service. There is even a campaign number that you can provide to your SA on this site.
idler pulley tsb
"Since my car is from the US, would i have to take it there for any service bulletin? I believe the idler pulley needs to be replaced as I am getting this constant whining noise from the engine. If I rev the engine slightly the whine gets louder, sort of similar to what a s/c sounds like. Otherwise its a constant whine. Any thoughts on if its the idler pulley for sure and if a canadian dealer will do the work or do i need to go south? Thanks again guys!"
Nahh! Strut gone, $2100 to fix dealer style. Waiting on the extended warranty Inspector.
Car Too Low
"Nothing could have prepared me this morning for the work commute and my car leaning because the airmatic pump is probably gone. Error: Car Too Low 49,000 miles and an extended warranty, I hope I'm not in for a Fight! How Much?????????"
Nothing could have prepared me this morning for the work commute and my car leaning because the airmatic pump is probably gone. Error: Car Too Low 49,000 miles and an extended warranty, I hope I'm not in for a Fight! How Much?????????
I almost wreck my car trying to find a song on the small driver screen. I rented a Kia, and it had a MUCH BETTEr ipod integration kit. #SHAMEFUL
OEM ipod integration for this car is useless
"I'm sure all of you know this already and have seen it mentioned before but I just have to bring it up again. I've been using a PCMCIA adapter with 16gb SD card which works great btw. I was going through my things and found an old ipod stash away so I figured I'd get it hooked up. It picked up much faster than the SD card BUT... No control on the command except for the dash and from the steering wheel. You can list folders or do any true browsing on the ipod. So you can only put your favorite songs on the ipod or else you'll be doing a lot of skipping."
Over the last two weeks, my a/c unit has been sporadic in its behavior at best. While driving from a low cooling position, it will turn to heat, changing fan locations, to "auto", floor, etc. Eventually the windows fog up because the unit is not blowing cold, and the fans are in whatever direction they choose. At this point, I can't even turn it off or control the unit at all. It takes my shutting down the car altogether to stop the fan from blowing. WTH?
$475 + tax here in New Orleans. I hope it comes with a car wash...LOL
Thanks! I have a feeling that it will cost more than that.
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