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What is an automobile? Is it a mode of transportation, or is it an object that defines our personality and who we are? For most of us, it is a combination of both. However, there are variables that influence the decision about which make and model we will drive. The cost of acquisition and maintenance, in most cases, is the limiting factor. Often times, the maintenance consideration is neglected. Our objective is to educate and provide a facility which makes owning a high calibre vehicle, such as Mercedes, possible.

Friday, August 31 2012

Even for the well educated, shopping online and simultaneously being an informed consumer can prove quite difficult.  Recently while surveying a Mercedes part's website for air mass meters, I was presented with three different choices.  I assumed one was rebuilt (not a great idea), one was OE (since it was more expensive), and I believed the third to be an aftermarket part.  Bosch of course is the OE manufacturer Air Mass Meters (AMM), and over the years I have bought them in factory boxes, Bosch Boxes, and by purchasing the inserts.  I have also purchased aftermarket AMM with limited success, so buyers beware if you are so inclined...

Recently I received a sales catalogue from the Far East with different electronic components, one of which was an air mass insert.  My cost--$9.00!  The point is, to get a quality product you must trust the vendor, you must be somewhat informed, and you must realize that there is a vast difference between quality and price among parts.  Obviously a part in a Mercedes box is the best, but oftentimes the same quality can be realized from the OE manufacturer.  Today most parts are being manufactured where costs are lower for labor; China (of course), Mexico (large percentage of ML parts), Turkey, Brazil, India, along with others.  We see a lot of suspension components from China and the quality will never be as good as the OE, even though the OE is manufactured to a lesser degree in the Far East.  Among Mercedes parts you generally want to look for manufacturers such as: Bosch, Behr, Bilstein, Lemforder, Siemens, Ate, Girling, Zimmerman, Jurid, Pagid, Hella, and Beru.  There are others, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.  SO--what can you take away from this discourse?  In short: price is not the main factor in buying your parts.  Trade with someone who is reliable, service oriented, and has knowledge of the parts.  Make sure you provide your VIN # and deal with a reliable vendor, preferably one you can talk to in person. 

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The Benz Store specializes in the early mechanical speedometers, and early electronic S-Class 1981 and newer and SL Models starting in 1981 thru 1995 on most models. 

 Mechanical repair $75.00/Exchange.

Electronic $95.00/Exchange and the correct mileage it provides.

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