I'm with (sokoloff), Whats going on with the car, Is it currently running and driving and can pass inspection. If so you at least have some time and less urgency. After that, who is telling you what it may need and what the cost of that need is? Give us that info and we will have a better idea. If money was no object what would you do. If money is an object, do the same thing, just get the cost under control.So what is the work that needs to be done? Is the car usable as is? How much of a DIY guy are you?
2014 EV Coupe 16,000 miles
2014 EV Cabriolet 7,000 miles
I'm a DIYer - but $5000 for repairing a burned valve is obscene! If you pulled the head yourself, and had a machine shop rebuild it and replaced it yourself, it would cost you no more than a $300 or so.The car has 35,500 miles on it. It threw a code at 32,000 miles, indicating that it had burned a valve. Had it flat bed towed to the dealer in San Francisco, was going to cost $5,000 for a new head...
InterestingEvidently, a batch of bad cylinder heads were installed on some late 2008 - early 2009 smart fortwos. The dealer didn't only replace one burned valve, they installed a complete, new head. Some of us don't have your skills, and even if I did, an extra $200.00 over the $300.00 you quoted if I had pulled it myself and had a machine shop rebuild it would not be worth it to me. Yes, $5000 would be a lot to pay, but I only paid $500.00. If the dealer had not gotten "corporate to participate" in the repair, paying the remaining $4,500 - I would have explored alternatives. My time is worth more than $200.00, not to mention the aggravation. This was a known problem, and as one of our moderators wrote, he believed that Mercedes was performing a "soft recall."
Hi, Slivers - it was about a year ago that the head was replaced. I'm fortunate that my dealer is just across the Bay Bridge, and the car was sold and serviced by them since the get-go. They've always treated me right, and because I drive it so little, it just goes in for an annual checkup and fluid change/replacement of filters, key batteries, etc. and/or whatever other service is called for, according to the service schedule. Sure, it costs more, but not that much - particularly if it's just an oil and filter change, but they go over the entire car annually, and give it any software updates needed (transmission, I'm looking at you). The head replacement was the only major issue, unless you count the free battery that was installed at around 8,000 miles, as the original battery was not long lived on some early 451's. We shall see how it goes when most of the gasoline powered 451's are off the road and they only deal with electric versions.Interesting
Was this just recently that they did this.
At this point I can't even drive my 2008 to the nearest smart dealer (550 miles) for the recall because of a burnt valve.
I do have a Mercedes dealer 135 miles away but they said they couldn't/wouldn't do the recall.
I'd pay $500 in a second for the repair!!!!!