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Quick question as well...? If they are only honoring repairs for 10 years, and my car is a 2005, how will I know when the car went "into service" per se? This is it's 10th year, and I'm not having any issues, but would love for them to check it, preemptively.

VIN: WDBWK56F35F024843

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What you need to do is determine if you even have the problem. There are a couple of posts on it and a simple check to find out:

 

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Good question -- when does the clock start, when the dealer received the car? Or the first owner took delivery? I dunno.
 

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Good question -- when does the clock start, when the dealer received the car? Or the first owner took delivery? I dunno.
The notice (bottom of page 2) states "commencing from the In Service Date" which implies when first owner took delivery. Sure doesn't leave much time left.
 

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Thank you so much for the quick responses!!! You guys are great :) With my data card info, I've learned that my engine is not affected. Woo Hoo!!! Since I fear that I had zero time left to make a claim anyway. I'm the 2nd owner but the car just hit 48,000 miles. Hoping to stay problem-free!!!

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Remember, just because you are in the range does not mean you were ever affected or will ever be affected. do the test in the video that DSSG posted above.
 

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model number or engine number like 272 or 273?
you have a 272

Engine no.: 272963 30 003512
 

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Ahhh...yes. You are correct, I mis-interpreted the "up to" and was thinking between the 2 serial numbers listed. My mistake. I was also asking about the listing of engines for the Oil Consumption, it was those "model" #s that I was inquiring about. 171.454/456

But thank you so much for clarifying all that for me!!! And I am def not capable of doing that check on my own..lol. I fear none of it will matter since the car is over 10 years old :(
 

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I'm not to sure how to interpret the oil consumption engines either, I'm hoping mine isn't affected (engine number 272963 30 132557) as I checked my oil level when it came out of storage in March and the level was fine, but in saying that I only covered about 2500 - 3000 miles from April to November.

Might take mine to my indy garage to do that check as per video for peace of mind......

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OK. I'll admit that I'm an idiot. I watched the video and I can't figure out the difference between the good balance shaft and the bad one. They both look like the A is at 12 o'clock high.

Can somebody 'splain this to me so that I can understand. :(

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Well the video doesn't make it 100% clear... But if you notice at both 1:03 and 1:12 there is a round disk visible through a hole... In all cases the disk is supposed to be centered in the hole - as in concentric. Put another way, the center of the disk should be in the center of the hole. You should be able to see the whole disk, not just a cresent moon as at 1:12. The position of the lettering on the disks is of no significance, just the position of the disk itself.
 

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Also make sure you turn the engine over in a clockwise direction. In fact, turn it over a couple of times before doing the check. Regarding oil consumption, is your buggy burning oil? It either is or it isn't disregarding normal consumption. The oil problem will manifest itself quickly due to being a manufacturing defect either due to engine assembly or inferior quality parts.
 

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Also make sure you turn the engine over in a clockwise direction. In fact, turn it over a couple of times before doing the check. Regarding oil consumption, is your buggy burning oil? It either is or it isn't disregarding normal consumption. The oil problem will manifest itself quickly due to being a manufacturing defect either due to engine assembly or inferior quality parts.
Hi DSSG, does mine fall in that range regarding oil consumption as per my post #13 or would I not be able to tell only the amount of miles I do?

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Are there symptoms, one might be encountering, that would make it smart to perform this procedure if your car is running like a champ??
 

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The only hard symptom AFAIK is the check-engine light, and you'll only see that after you reach the end of the rope. On your way down the rope, the camshaft adjusters can and do conveniently "make up" for the abnormal wear, which masks the problem. Once they reach the limits of their mechanical range, though, the adjusters cannot make up for the wear any longer, and you'll get the light.

It's possible one could discern the gradual change in cam adjustment range, but I couldn't.
 

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If your car is in the affected range of engine serial numbers, do the check or pay someone to do it. In either case, you either have the problem or don't. Oil consumption is easy to determine. If you are using several quarts of oil over the 10,000 miles service interval, you have an oil burner. Also examine the inside of your tail pipe. Does it have an oily greasy residue?

An oil burner needs an engine rebuild by a MERCEDES ENGINE SPECIALIST. I would imagine this would be in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $10,000. Also consider you have the balance shaft problem too, since the engine has to be pulled to do this might as well do a rebuild at the same time. This might sound expensive but you'd end up with essentially a new car.

The really important thing here is to find a competent honest qualified shop to do the work. You only want to spend the money ONCE.
 
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