- May 4, 2015
About right with your views. My first Mercedes was a W124 estate which was amongst the best of cars I have ever owned. The most heavily used car in our household is a 2012 Clio estate. It cost £4000 five years ago and we have put 183,000 miles on it and it has been subject to less repairs than my CLS which I have also owned for 5 years and runs less than 1500 miles per year.Im not saying MOT garaged did anything wrong just found it a bit odd, that outer CV BOOT listed as damaged and told its in fact the inner, could be an innocent mistake as garages well under pressure due to back log
I serviced car myself, to be honest only looked at outers and done a total of 2500 miles since last MOT, not common for inners to split
The wipers I did check a few days earlier and looked ok, but was left at garage for a few days for them to fit in when ever, we had frost same few days and as we all know worst thing for wipers is to turn on if stuck, so not fussed about them.
I do get a free retest before 10 days are up.
so looking at car, issue and cost, I don't mind using pattern parts as from what iv seem of MB quality of build im taking same risks just saving money, and from parts ive removed on a car with full history, m better of replacing myself just more offen, than be told its been done and not.
So choices, pair wipers £10, split CV booT £10 yes I can hear screams now about split boot
Cars now at 90,000 and seams to be a few issues around drive shafts posted.
so replace boot, get tools cone ect, remove shaft is 95% of work but keep OEM drive shaft hope CV joints OK and hope they seal, which seams 50/50 chance even when done by garage
Or temp repair order and wait for new drive shafts at £55-60 per side with 3 year warranty, I very much doubt this car will last that long before comes uneconomical to repair
Have to be realistic, car is just to get from A-B, I have no attachment for car and probably will never buy another MB, if I had not owned this car I doubt I would have believed such fundamental flaws , its at age one major fault and its scrap
Me im leaning towards split boot for MOT, order shaft and see what happens
I do not use original MB parts for the CLS as they would not need replaced if they were that good whereas I do use OEM Renault parts (mostly) for the Clio for service items particularly (Timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, diesel filter, oil filters and OEM Elf engine oil). Never had any issues with engine, turbo, DPF, electronics, ABS etc. etc. The only non service parts have been brakes and springs. I now have a worn ball joint I will need to change before the next MOT.......