I own mercedes Benz's; 87 300D; LongWB 96-S320; now currently own: 2001 S430; 2002 S500 and 2007 S550 awesome automobiles, but at their prices, failures should be more minimal in my opinion. Been driving benz's since 1992 and know allot about them since I change my own breaks and lots of miner repairs. I know this about your suspension: There is an air pump that sits in front of your front-passenger side front wheel behind a cover which snaps off to access the pump which raises and lowers your vehicle; it will last about 3-5 years on average. It use to cost about $800 bucks from the Dealer but you can get it for about $250-$260 depending on where you live these days. To replace it only takes 45mins to an hour (I've watched mine get done-I could have don it myself) and about 30mins to resink the system. Labor wise, they might hit you with 3hours; what ever their rate is which varies depending on where you live. I live in Maryland but most dealers in the MD, VA and DC area charge about $140 per hour. So $260+ $420 ($140x3)=$680. To know more than $750-$1K max. Chumley might say you'll need this or that to beef up the price but tell them you want the air-pump replaced-end of story. Let them know you know a little and they'll be a a little more apprehensive in trying to blow smoke up your. There are seperate mechanisums to the Air supension system; they all do NOT go bad at the same time reagrless of what "chumley" at the dealer try's to tell you. If one of your air struts ever goes bad, contact Arnott, they are online and will sell you a remand (lifetime)strutt that they will replace if it ever fails, with a $100 core charge for your old one (that they will reman anyway) for about $399 after core chare back to your account you'll pay about $300 as appossed to $1350 the dealers charge. That doesn't include installation. I hope I have helped you. The Dealers are crooks and I don't trust them as far as I can spit on them and that ain't far. Good luck. Respectively, an associate MBZ ownerPS By the way, the guy at Arnott told me they remanufacture the struts for mercedes anyway; mercedes then MARKS them up 300%!
Saturday, November 5th, 2011 AT 5:42 PM