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Hi folks!
Just wanted to know - how many of you have already replaced the hood shock (or damper as it's called)? Never had problems with mine until today when I came up to my car and tried to open the hood and had to hold it manually since the damper is not working anymore...:mad: I wonder why did it go out, since most of the time it's in the rest position and the hood is kept closed... and it's 2003! My old 1992 VW Golf 3 never had issues with dampers...

Every time I fix something in my car then something else tends to break... Couple years ago I had a tremendous wish to sell my car and get a tough built SUV. I bought it in 2009 for $12500 from the dealership auction with the help of my friend. He then offered me to sell it for $13500-$14000, make some money and get a different car. But I just loved it and that was my dream car so I kept it! Now, as of March 2013 the car is worth $6500 !!!! And that's in Excellent condition! The price just dropped to the floor... And with the dealer prices to fix if anything breaks it's cheaper to get a new one!
Back in my country I could sell that car now for $18000-$20000!!! That's just insane how the value of cars drops here in the US.

So after my first visit to the shop I started fixing it myself. It turned not to be a rocket science :biglaugh: I did a lot of things on the car myself simply because I like to fix things myself, and I helped my dad back home when he was messing with his car. And interesting thing - every time I fix something I love this car more and more. I do cuss sometimes when working on it but who doesn't?
My friends think that I'm crazy since I spend too much time with my car and fix it. But it feels soooo good when my sweetheart is running smooth, nothing buzzes or vibrates, and when it's washed and waxed...oh man... I park it and I hear: "Nice car". I reply with Thank you and have a smile on my face for the rest of the day =D
Anyways, these are my couple words which I wanted to share with you folks!
 

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Wish I could do what you do Jayson, but

 

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Wish I could do what you do Jayson, but
LOL!!! Jeff, I think it's just my student years... I'm working part time and most of my earned money are spent on food, gas, insurance and car parts =) I simply can't afford taking my car to the dealership service, especially when her value is $6500...

Actually my wife is already helping me with the car while I'm working on it! Last time she helped me change the engine mounts =) She has a good logic and I really like when she's nearby. I tend to perform work 5 times faster R) And I like watching her driving my "sweetheart" when she takes her to school. Btw, today she said that the car really feels different with the new engine mounts. She likes it better :)
And of course, none of the repairs would be possible without this great forum and all people who shared their DIYs and experience!
 

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Well then, you already 'got yourself a woman'. a good woman!
 

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Going back to your original question, the gas struts on the R170 (and R171) do not seem to last very long, both on the bonnet & boot lid (ok, ok hood & trunk lid!! ).

They are very easy to change yourself, can be easily found cheaply on eBay (or even at your local MB dealer, where spare parts can be cheap!! ).

There are quite a few threads on here showing how to change them, but if you look at a new one 'not fitted' and look at how the old one is connected, it's simple to work out what to do.
 

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Going back to your original question, the gas struts on the R170 (and R171) do not seem to last very long, both on the bonnet & boot lid (ok, ok hood & trunk lid!! ).

They are very easy to change yourself, can be easily found cheaply on eBay (or even at your local MB dealer, where spare parts can be cheap!! ).

There are quite a few threads on here showing how to change them, but if you look at a new one 'not fitted' and look at how the old one is connected, it's simple to work out what to do.
Thanks Woolly! I replaced my trunk struts a year ago or so after my wife got tired of holding the lid for me while I was picking the groceries :D. Actually after I got hit by my lid as most SLK owners here when they procrastinate changing these stupid struts =)) :biglaugh: I saw the DIY thread on this forum and ordered mine from Ebay. Was $35 I as far as I remember. Took 5 minutes. Easy job. The stealership wanted $165!!! Also, when I was selling my CD changer to the guy who came on Lorinzer S500 I also noticed that his were also out and I told him the online website for parts and he was like - What? Can't believe they're so cheap actually!
To sum up: I was able to withstand the hit from the trunk lid but I don't think my head can survive the hood =D :Dlol

P.S. never thought MB would sacrifice on the quality of these parts...
 
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