Why are MB sparks so expensive?

Discussion in 'Engine' started by uumode, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. uumode

    uumode Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Dealer price for changing sparks on E240 is a shade over £200
    (and that's with 10% off parts and 40% off labour)
    I think there are 2 sparks per cylinder so = 12 spark, but even so... :crazy:
     
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    BenzComander Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Chris Grey just changed mine (E320) for about 6.50 each!

    HTH
     
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    uumode Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    That's including labour? - I did a quick Google on Chris Grey and he came up as a guitarist - not the same one I gather :)
     
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    I got mine changed for £80 labour + parts IIRC which was 2 hours at the East Coast indy rate.
     
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    uumode Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Geez... 2 hours to change the plugs? No wonder main dealer is wanting £200 if you factor 2 hours of main dealer labour... now I understand :) I thought it was a 'quick' 15 min job :crazy:

    Sounds like the plugs are mounted in some complex manner neccessitating awkward extraction and replacement?
     
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    Some layouts are more complex than others but I've done all 16 on an SL500 twice now and it's an easy job to attempt yourself - an hours work so no idea why MB charge two.

    You can source the plugs yourself - I upgraded to Iridium plugs - all 16 were £95 including delivery from www.apd.co.uk. Not sure if they're still trading. Plugs I bought were NGK BKR5EIX.
     
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    Not on the C43 :(
     
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    Well if you will buy these AMG cars with big engines crammed into small places ;).

    Shouldn't be too hard though Pete? A lot easier with the vanity cover and coil packs removed obviously.
     
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    Birdman Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You need to be careful not to break the tip connector when extracting leads, I'm told. And the plugs nearest the firewall are hardest to remove, so they say.
    Then there's the risk of cross-threading. I gather that's definitely an issue.
    Not at £40/hr though!:)
     
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    Believe what you hear. Not easy I can asure you but someone is going to come along and say its dead easy :D :devil:
     

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