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Roll Bar Hydraulic leak = $7500
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Posted 7/26/2008 1:19 PM
DJAC

Date registered: Dec 1899
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Roll Bar Hydraulic leak = $7500

430 cabriolet - top started squealing going up and down. Lube oil did nothing so went to dealer. They came back with a quote of $7500 to replace the roll bar, as the hudraulic switch which operates the pin which locks the bar is leaking, and the part is swaged on to the roll bar+frame, and is not replaceable (I verified this through EPC Online parts). According to MBZ, and I called MBZ USA too, this is a safety issue determined by factory.

Yep there is indeed hydraulic fluid on the seat chassis and the car was taken apart to show me so I believe the dealer. The question is what the hell can I do ? I do not want to spend $6700 on the roll bar plus $800 install all for a 420 switch. Anyone know where I could get a used roll bar assembly ? Any thoughts as to removing the assembly and taking it to a machine shop (how about that for voiding a warranty) ?

This is a bummer, I have only just finished replacing the top latch ($750) plus all the operating cables ($1300)
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Posted 7/26/2008 6:09 PM
cmitch
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Ala-Tenn
Vehicle(s): 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4Matic, 2010 F150 Super Crew
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RE: Roll Bar Hydraulic leak = $7500

Geeeeeez! I wouldn't want that repair. I believe I would try to find a competent machinist to see if he could fix it. $7500 isn't even reasonable.
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Posted 10/8/2008 2:36 PM
DJAC

Date registered: Dec 1899
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RE: Roll Bar Hydraulic leak = $7500

Fixed it for $350 plus a lot of discussion. The valve piece can be removed (it is threaded on to the frame unlike what MBZ say) and we renewed the seals with expansion seals used in coomercial power steering assemblies, and put it back. Hardest part was getting to the pump assembly and refilling the fluid.

Has worked perfectly daily since fixing back at the beginning of August.
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Posted 11/29/2008 6:23 PM
Marsden
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Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Capital City USA
Vehicle(s): Mercedes-Benz
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RE: Roll Bar Hydraulic leak = $7500

Well that's a savings.  How did you manage it?

 Dealers, nowadays making no money on auto sales, are more pressured than ever to make money in the repair bays.

 Mercedes repair prices, already ridiculous, have become obscene.  I wonder if they'll be reduced in the new Depression

 

 

 

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