Life of W211 E55 Sparkplugs

Discussion in 'Engine' started by bigjim, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. bigjim

    bigjim Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    How long will the spark plugs last on an E55 please?

    I've read 100,000miles - is that correct?
     
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    Hi, almost imposible to tell. A lot depends on how your milage is generated, if you only go to the shops once or twice a day nowhere near 100,000, also what type of plug being used, Iridium, standard, platinum. I have found it good practice to back the plugs off once every two years and re-tighten them, this helps prevent them seizing up, or just re-place them (not on a v12 though)
     
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    Mine were last changed in 2007 at 30k

    Car has now done 66k - do you think its time for a change?

    Should probably add car does a mix of long (250miles once a week) and short trips (20 miles five times a week)
     
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    BIGJIM, normally 4 year periods, mainly to stop them siezing or 50K miles, so probably time to change yours
     
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    Thanks Chaps,

    I think the car is in that difficult transition period between Merc stamps and Indi stamps. She currently has a FMBSH but as this next service, complete with plugs and brake fluid change will be £800, I'm tempted to break the FMBSH and go for an Indi.......decisions, decisions. :wallbash:

    Jim
     
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    it is 50K or 4 years.
     
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    That does sound quite steep for what they are doing.

    Mine is due a C service next but I am not sure if the plugs were done previously or not. I imagine I will be getting them changed if there is any doubt.
     
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    Service is 250
    Brake fluid change is 250
    Plugs are 350
    It also needs a new pollen filter 50

    Then they gave me 100 off because I sucked my teeth and said I was going to an Indi for a quote.;)

    I guess I could get the service down at MB and the other bits with an indi - that might keep the cost down and the service book consistent. Is that allowed?:confused:
     
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    Yes, but in all honesty, I don't think the majority of people give a Castlemaine XXXX about FMDSHs.

    I used to be quite 4n4l about them until I found out a lot of MDs are seemingly incompetent at servicing anyway - and often good independents do a better job anyway.

    I bought mine with two MD stamps and two inde stamps.

    Save yourself some cash - I bet you it makes zero difference when you come to sell.

    Not bothering to service it, or keeping the service history together - that would be like shooting yourself in the gonads come resale...

    PS: Does your car have 3 letters and 3 numbers on the number plate starting with a B?
     
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    Absolute rip off.

    Plugs for £350 is a effing joke.

    Brake fluid for £250 is a pee take. It takes 1.5 hours and two litres of fluid but £250!!!
     
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    Thanks Guys

    I think its time to shop around then!

    Olly, if only you were nearer! :cool:

    No, mate. As Luke Skywalker would say 'These aren't the droids you are looking for.' :)
     
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    Bigjim, i had mine serviced 2 weeks back they quoted;-
    B service - £370 with my own oil
    brake fluid change - £145
    pollen filter - £45

    got a silimlar discount as they done it for £470 all in

    Plugs i done myself and the service manager said to make a note in the service book and they will take that into account when it comes up next.
     
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    Which part of the country are you from Jim?

    I'm sure there must be a good inde somewhere not far from you...
     
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    Good news all round.

    BG Griffiths in Bristol can do the car next Thursday.
    www.bggriffiths.co.uk/

    Their prices are considerably lower

    Service is 140
    Brake fluid change is 30
    Plugs are 112
    It also needs a new pollen filter 19
    Labour 75

    Basically, a saving before MB discount, of £450. :bannana:
     
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    do they know how many plugs there are and they are around £9 each trade!
     
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    Yep - £7.25 each I think he said.
     
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    For some reason, I thought they were going to be bleedin' expensive.

    But if you divide Mercedes prices by (E) 55, I'm sure you get £7.25 each...

    :D
     
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    I can get them for £4.50 each.
     
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    Sorry I just saw the labour was listed seperately...
     
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    Attention JohnEBoy!

    Hi mate. Mine once carried a plate like that... B555 SSS or something similar. Not home now, so can't check.

    (Came across this thread in my search for the best plugs to put in).
     
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