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I have read most of the posts on how to repair/replace leaking cylinders. My 1999 230SLK was diagnosed with 3 of the 5 cylinders leaking. One shop says the only way to go is to replace all 5 with new MB parts, and replace the headliner. Independent shop that specializes is German cars quoted me a price of $3200. He said he has had bad experience with rebuilding the units, and that he ends up replacing the rebuilt unit.

On the other hand, the used car dealer where I bought the car says he has a convertible top and upholstery contractor that has good experience rebuilding the cylinders. Price is less than half of the rebuild cost.

Which way should I go. I want to keep the car at least 2 more years and do not want to have a rework. Open for suggestions.
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DIY for $30.

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I will agree with Sokoloff. You have nothing to lose. $30 won't hurt too much. The top locking cylinder is very easy DIY. You might spend more time with other two top ones (one on each side) since you need vice for that. Check this thread:
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Originally Posted by sokoloff View Post
DIY for $30.
Yep. $3170 savings seems to turn most of us into mechanics. It's not that difficult to rebuild them yourself.
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