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Mercedes

Someone mentioned Sytners.
Frank Sytners bought a posh house that shared an unmade road with a farmer.
He sued the farmer because his cars got dirty.
Nice chap, seems it runs in the DNA!
He lost by the way.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Sytners are owned by a good mate of Trump...
Roger Penske
His 'values' pervade Sytners operations.
 
Someone mentioned Sytners.
Frank Sytners bought a posh house that shared an unmade road with a farmer.
He sued the farmer because his cars got dirty.
Nice chap, seems it runs in the DNA!
He lost by the way.
A mates parents bought an old country house down a shared lane , the the lane was in a bad state so his parents coughed up £50k+ to re surface it and all benefited , they are wealthy but by no means in Syntners league, the difference is old money and nouveau riche.

Syntner is a Scousser BTW.
 
Eversure is offering:
Roadside Assistance
Recovery to a local garage within 25 miles
Replacement vehicle hire
Overnight accommodation
Onward public transport
Recovery to your home or original destination
Assistance at your home address
Misfuelling Cover (draining incorrect fuel & repair of affected engine parts)

Gets good reviews from Trustpilot and a couple of other sites and I can get it for the princely sum of £25.51

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Looks okay other than taking it to the nearest garage , the garage will know theyve got you by the short and curly`s , kerching, prefer to choose my own local garage .
 
With First Direct who used to offer cover with RAC but its been withdrawn. Thanks for the tip :)
On my Money Saving Expert email this morning they said that RBS are offering £100 for switching and £5/month with a £2/month fee so up £3/month. So it’s conceivable you could move, get £100 plus £36 over the course of the year and have some breakdown cover as well.

Probably worth looking into.
 
I've owned all sorts of makes, but there is something about the 3 pointed star. In a company car park full of BMW and Audi it does stand out for the right reasons.
I've had 2 C class estates from the same dealer and they have been truly excellent. 50mpg, doing upto 30k a year. Lovely on the motorway, put it sport+ and it could make good progress cross country, I ran a pair of Conti Sport contact 5 to near slicks in 10, 763 miles. Quick, comfortable, not too flash, enough toys (it parks itself etc). The adaptive headlights are amazing.
They never let me down, they did everything I needed. TBH the W205 C class estate I would have happily kept forever. It did everything I need to do and there wasn't really any other car that did anything this car didn't, that I needed. If that makes sense. But at the end of the PCP I couldn't get sensible finance to keep it. :-(

The ONLY and I mean ONLY Mercedes dealer I would recommend is Listers in Lincoln. Their Boston dealership is OK too.
Saw me straight away when I got a stone in the rear brake caliper (so loud), but no damge to disk and didn't even charge me to sort it. Always had a courtesy car. nIce little coffee area, etc. One more than one occasion I have rang/emailed MB Customer Services to say what a good job they do and that other dealerships could learn a thing or two.

Every single other have been dogshit or utter dogshit. Examples....
Sandown Salisbury, 1st MOT, play in steering coloumn will need to be replaced £1500, That's ok, its under warranty. They insist its not. Cue a hour of wrangling and only relented when I could produce the V5. Now if they said , oh terribly sorry I would left it at that. But the Svc Mgr got arsey with me about it all, So I complained to Head Office. In fairness they sent me a voucher,

Bolton MB sold me a CLA with a fucked wheel bearing and rusted front discs and then tried to charge me to get them sorted, Again I complained to Head Office and Marshall Head Office. Quel Suprise, sorted FOC under warranty.

In fairness Warrington service dept are ok, even if the car park is a joke and the sale dept so shite I complained to MB.

Its not just MB, I walked out of Salisbury Landrover mid sale because their attitude was awful, it was like they didn't want to sell a car. Southampton Landrover, car park is ridiculous. Conversely, Marshall Landrover in Lincoln were really really good.
And don't think spending helps, my mate spent £160k on an SVR last year and had all manner of problems and Landrover have been zero help. e.g. rattle in passenger headrest, "sorry, there's nothing we can do about it".

On the subject of tyres, I have found F1 Autocentres are unbeatable on price.

Or get a quote off BlackCircles, select your local fitting centre, DON'T book it, just print the quote and go to the fitting centre. You'll easily get £20-30 quid off.
 
I am now the owner of a 2018 350 GLE certified pre-owned, drove up to Tulsa* to look at it last week

* How far away was the drive? 24 hours?
 
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I know Landrovers better!
It'll self-bleed, ignition on for 30 secs. off, on again for 30 secs. Job done.
Exactly as you said , taken around 15 minutes to do , I guess a main agent would have booked and hour @£150.00.
 

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OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Exactly as you said , taken around 15 minutes to do , I guess a main agent would have booked and hour @£150.00.
Fuel filter is clocked as 0.5 hrs as part of a service, not sure about parts cost (we don't generally see or care about parts costs) most services are clocked at 1.2 hours (A class 0.9) with 'extras' such as dust filters, fuel & air filters, trans. oil change, brake fluid change as add-ons dependent upon age and/or mileage. A good filter-spinner can do a 'A' service in 35 mins, a 'B' service in 50 mins, a 'B' + fuel, air, trans. & brake fluid in about 1hour and 20 mins.
TBH, i'm not a long-time Merc tech and mainly do diag work so when I do get a service, it's usually only about 20-25% time gained - but that's how bonus is earned.

BTW, the later iterations of that engine have the aluminium pipe to the right of the filter in a different place, you have to remove / displace it to change the fuel filter, it puts about 20 minutes on the job and the seals are very easy to damage.....
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
A couple of nuggets from last week....
First one, 2014 A class AMG thingy... SRS (airbag) warning light on, fault code indicated OSR seatbelt pyrotechnic pretensioner resistance high, standard test is to disconnect pyro device and connect a known resistance then read off what the control module sees to determine where the issue is.
Turns out someone had saved me a bit of time and put a resistor in there for me....
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Checked the other seat belts, they'd been done as well...
The Pyro devices are triggered when there is expected to be an impact to pull the seatbelt reels tight, prior to airbag deployment which only happens on actual impact detection. Turns out there was a -nearly-but-not-quite-an-impact event and all four seatbelt pyro. devices had dummy resistors fitted (the internal resistance changes once activated). That one is about £1600 to put right...

Next one, lease vehicle to Rolls-Royce knobheed, in warranty concern of noise on start-up thar re-occurs periodically, it's a hybrid E class with a petrol engine - the one with a rattle for the first 20 secs. that is a 'characteristic of the vehicle'.... Fully expecting it to be that, I take it for a short drive to confirm - except it isn't... Sounds like a small foghorn every 20 seconds from the front left of the vehicle. Takes it back, up on the lift the cause becomes evident...
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One of the compressor mountings (red circle) is about 15 degrees away from where it should be (blue line) and the compressor is no longer mounted on it's rubber bushings.... All this was visible through the holes in the smashed under bumper trim - did the driver mention he'd had an impact? oh no, it's a lease car so the lease company or warranty can sort it... he got the good news from the lease company about ninety minutes after the picture, I know this 'cos he turned up demanding a second opinion as to why it wasn't covered by warranty.... feckin Rolls-Royce tw@ts!
 
E class. Went in for a service on Thursday. Got in it today & the Screen washers don’t work.
They definitely worked before I took it in.
The motor is motoring & I get a little squirt in the bottom of the screen for less than a second.
Reservoir is full. Can’t be blocked jets as 1, it squirts a bit & 2, there’s 6. The chances of all 6 blocking at exactly the same time must be millions to one.

Any gen?
 
E class. Went in for a service on Thursday. Got in it today & the Screen washers don’t work.
They definitely worked before I took it in.
The motor is motoring & I get a little squirt in the bottom of the screen for less than a second.
Reservoir is full. Can’t be blocked jets as 1, it squirts a bit & 2, there’s 6. The chances of all 6 blocking at exactly the same time must be millions to one.

Any gen?


Yes, Mercedes washer pumps are ****.

Every Mercedes lorry I run has utterly shite windscreen washers.
 
On another note, setting asides lorries, my work fleet has 51 Mercedes Sprinters and 9 Renault Master LML's.

The Renault's are an all round better van. In every way bar one.
Mercedes aftersales is fantastic and the only reason we buy Mercedes. If Renault aftersales was anything other than completely useless I would never buy another Sprinter.

On the other hand, we have 3 DAF's, 1 Iveco and 3 Mercedes trucks (we'll gloss over the Mitsubishi's. I didn't buy them)
DAF are a better lorry to drive and carry a better payload but the Mercedes are hewn from solid rock. they just run forever. You have to work very hard indeed to break a Mercedes lorry. So much so that I'm only buying Mercedes lorries these days.
 
I have three mercs. An E class estate, a C class coupe and and 2011 A class for the lady. The A class has this annoying habit of the gearshift getting really stiff when the engine is warm. Apparently this is not unusual and is down to a plastic gear linkage coupler becoming distorted when it gets hot. There is a suggested alternative, which we have had replaced, but didn't solve the issue. I just know that if I take it to Merc dealer they will suggest changing the clutch and the gearbox, but, with the age of the car, it's just not worth it. Any ideas?
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
E class. Went in for a service on Thursday. Got in it today & the Screen washers don’t work.
They definitely worked before I took it in.
The motor is motoring & I get a little squirt in the bottom of the screen for less than a second.
Reservoir is full. Can’t be blocked jets as 1, it squirts a bit & 2, there’s 6. The chances of all 6 blocking at exactly the same time must be millions to one.

Any gen?
The problem is due to there being no filter at the top of the screenwash reservoir, but there is on the pump... all kinds of crap & crud gets in when you fill it, or even worse, use rainwater from the garden water butt (yes, really).
Short-term fix - pull the moulding off the trailing edge of the bonnet and then pull the pipe off the passenger side screenwash jet (it'll have a heating element in it so don't pull too much) and blow an airline down the pipe to clear the filter. Long-term fix is to remove the reservoir and clean all the crud out.... NSF wheel & wheelarch liner need to come out first.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
I have three mercs. An E class estate, a C class coupe and and 2011 A class for the lady. The A class has this annoying habit of the gearshift getting really stiff when the engine is warm. Apparently this is not unusual and is down to a plastic gear linkage coupler becoming distorted when it gets hot. There is a suggested alternative, which we have had replaced, but didn't solve the issue. I just know that if I take it to Merc dealer they will suggest changing the clutch and the gearbox, but, with the age of the car, it's just not worth it. Any ideas?
Dunno mate but i'll ask one of the greybeards at work tomorrow :thumleft:
 
The problem is due to there being no filter at the top of the screenwash reservoir, but there is on the pump... all kinds of crap & crud gets in when you fill it, or even worse, use rainwater from the garden water butt (yes, really).
Short-term fix - pull the moulding off the trailing edge of the bonnet and then pull the pipe off the passenger side screenwash jet (it'll have a heating element in it so don't pull too much) and blow an airline down the pipe to clear the filter. Long-term fix is to remove the reservoir and clean all the crud out.... NSF wheel & wheelarch liner need to come out first.

Cheers. I was thinking I might kick off at the dealer tomorrow, due to the fact it was working perfectly thanks until they touched it & see what they say. I may be forced to try your solution if I get no joy.

Thanks.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
I have three mercs. An E class estate, a C class coupe and and 2011 A class for the lady. The A class has this annoying habit of the gearshift getting really stiff when the engine is warm. Apparently this is not unusual and is down to a plastic gear linkage coupler becoming distorted when it gets hot. There is a suggested alternative, which we have had replaced, but didn't solve the issue. I just know that if I take it to Merc dealer they will suggest changing the clutch and the gearbox, but, with the age of the car, it's just not worth it. Any ideas?
Had a word with a couple of the greybeards at work, the consensus is that the clutch pressure plate has been overheated at some point and it isn't releasing the friction plate fully - so a new clutch and possibly flywheel, which is a bit of a job, subframe off, engine and gearbox come out together then split on the bench.
 
The problem is due to there being no filter at the top of the screenwash reservoir, but there is on the pump... all kinds of crap & crud gets in when you fill it, or even worse, use rainwater from the garden water butt (yes, really).
Short-term fix - pull the moulding off the trailing edge of the bonnet and then pull the pipe off the passenger side screenwash jet (it'll have a heating element in it so don't pull too much) and blow an airline down the pipe to clear the filter. Long-term fix is to remove the reservoir and clean all the crud out.... NSF wheel & wheelarch liner need to come out first.

Went to Merc today to ‘enquire’.
I told him the fault. He just looked at me & said they’d have it in to investigate. £90 ph.

I mentioned that I spoke to ‘a bloke’ who told me what it could be & it was a known fault due to MB scrimping on a 10p filter. His attitude changed & said bring it in Friday & they’ll try the unblocking, at their cost.

Cheers again.
 

RBMK

War Hero
VW main dealers in Stockport with my Mk2 Golf GTD. Now inchcape but used to be Smith Knight Fay in the 1990s.

Anyway, failed the MOT on emissions, so they took it to a *diesel specialist* (under warranty). When I got it back, it went like hot shit of a shiny shovel but was nearly undriveable in town.

The following morning I took it back to the dealers where the service bod tried to fob me off, at which point I asked to see the service manager.

He's not available.
Get him now.
He's not available.
Get him now or I'll drag him out of his office myself.

Service manager arrives.
There's nothing wrong with the car sir, we road tested it after we got it back from the diesel specialist.

Me: I know how you road tested it, you blasted out of the gate and ragged it up the M60, in which case, yes it will have gone like stink. But it won't pull below 2,000rpm and the engine is banging backwards forwards on the over-run. you've screwed it up and you're going to fix it.

We might be able to have a look at it next week.

OK, let me make this clear. You will take the car back in today, and you will give me a courtesy car so that I can get to work.

We don't have any courtesy cars available.

You're not getting this. I'll park the car across the gate and I will sit there until the police come to move me and I will tell every customer who rocks up exactly what a bunch of useless cvnts you are.

I left 10 minutes later with the service manager's brand new Passat estate.

When I came back I got a grudging apology that the "diesel specialist" had wrongly calibrated the injection.

From then on it got serviced by an indie VW specialist.



Angry young man? Moi?
 

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