Took my car in today suspecting that I might get the phone call I didn't really want but it's still a shock when they started reeling off the numbers of how much it would cost. Quote from MB Macclesfield's service representative "....it seems that water has got into your gearbox somehow....". A masterful understatement delivered with a note of surprise and sublety. Now I have a nervous wait until tomorrow when the same chap will call Warranty Direct to have the work authorised. So far we are up to £4300 in parts alone . This is my first MB after many years of different (and often much more dog eared) cars and while I love the car and it's abilities I have been staggered at it's repair bills so far. Since August 2007 when I took ownership of what was then a 39k mile car I have spent nearly £2000 before this final indignity. This means that in 6 years and 51k miles with the current repair looming the car will have had approx. £8k in repairs (not including servicing). Which I estimate to be in the region of 23% of its original purchase price. It is beginning to make the Triumph Stag I owned for a similar 18 month period look cheap and reliable by comparison. Moral of the story: Buy on facts, not marketed brand image. On a positive note, if I hadn't been to this wonderful resource in the first place I wouldn't even have the warranty to help bail me out. Perhaps this should have set the alarm bells ringing though - why should I need to buy a warranty at all. I am afraid that once I have had my fill of this particular car, I shan't be propogating MB's future with my hard earned again.