Hey everyone I'm not a regular here like etyu, but I hope some of you remember me
Time line of threads:
Check engine light came on!
Thread referred to by Etyu
Not my thread but i think it's a similar problem
Standard conductor plate problem on my 2006 SLK with less than 22k miles on it.
The initial time, the check engine light went away after a few days... I literally have to study like 70+ hrs a week, so i thought, if i didn't have to go to dealership, i'm not gonna. Recently, (last friday), the check engine light came on again. I took it in saturday just to check there wasn't other problems other than the conductor plate being buggy.
Here is the good part: After waiting for an hour, the service rep came back to tell me there is a "valve cap" problem. Then he promptly proceeded to push the price tag of $2400 to replace it without actually explaining the problem.
Knowing what I knew already, I remained calm and asked him to ACTUALLY explain it. He fumbled around with failed analogies that didn't explain anything... then proceeded to ask one of the service mechanics to come explain this to me.
The service guy came to me to explain what was actually going on, a completely different problem than what he said. Standard conductor plate problem. At the same time, the service rep started a story about how he used to work for Lexus and they had "different terms" etc and that's why he called it a "valve cap". (fairly sure this was bullcrap to get out of trying to pull a fast one on me.)
After hearing that, I just high-tailed it outta there ASAP (which still took another hour).
The service guy still kept the price tag at $2400
, but at the same time, mentioned "he will work with me on the price". (WTF? he expects me to negotiate with him on a price on a repair that should cost way less?)
I felt like he was being very shady... what does everyone think?
My questions for the community:
How much SHOULD it cost to replace a conductor plate, w/o extended warranty? (I recall more than a few of us actually had this done).
There was no guarantee that the conductor plate will not be needing replacing in, say another 20k miles. Only standard (that doesn't really cover much) 1 year warranty from dealership.
There is another MB dealership around 30 mins away at the suburbs (and a few a bit farther). Do I have no option but to deal with dealerships that expects me to negotiate price? (the concept itself makes me feel like i'm being cheated) Is there a better way to locate some garage that can do reliable jobs w/o being so shady?
Could the conductor plate be just re-set? instead of replacing?
Any additional comments/advice welcome.
P.S. : as i came home today, my car refuse to shift gears... it was stuck on like 2nd or 3rd the whole time...