Mercedes maintenance

Discussion in 'Mercedes' started by joggerman, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. joggerman

    joggerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Lancashire
    I have been looking at Hymer A class motor homes and was wandering how repair/servicing costs compared with Fiat, which I have had in the past?

    I have read that Mercs are good and economical engines.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks
     
  2. yorkshirepudding

    yorkshirepudding Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,221
    Likes Received:
    908
    Location:
    Pudsey/Leeds
    There are many independent Mercedes specialists about to take care of the mechanical side of things. They tend to charge 50% of dealer labour prices and use genuine parts.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    10,138
    Likes Received:
    16,379
    Location:
    Liverpool.
    Depends from what era the engine is from. The older ones are far from economical. I find service parts no more expensive than anything else, with the added bonus of no cambelt.
     
  4. JeanLuc

    JeanLuc Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2,782
    Likes Received:
    1,857
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    We have a 2003 Hymer A-class plated at 3,800 kg on a Sprinter 316 chassis. It has a 2.7 litre 5-cylinder CDi engine driving through a 5-speed full-auto gearbox. I get 24.7 mpg, calculated over the entire time we have had it (6 years and 28,000 miles).
    Normal servicing seems reasonable to me: it is done by a local HGV private engineers. I have just had a bill for £258 for an annual oil change service including filters, general check over of brakes, lights alignment etc and including the MOT fee. Some years it is higher when more has to be done. In terms of spares, I think all original parts are expensive for most commercial vehicles. For example, last year we paid about £90 for a sensor unit on the turbo charger and when the auto transmission fluid need changing (only done once and rarely needed) that's about £100 plus labour.
     
  5. joggerman

    joggerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Looking at 2002-2005 roughly.

    Also, do they all have timing chains?
     
  6. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    10,138
    Likes Received:
    16,379
    Location:
    Liverpool.
    As far as am aware all Mercedes engines have timing chains.
     
  7. JeanLuc

    JeanLuc Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2,782
    Likes Received:
    1,857
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    In that age range they certainly have timing chains not belts. Two engines available in Hymers then. 2.2 litre 130 bhp and 2.7 litre 160 bhp - 4 and 5 cylinders respectively.
     
Loading...

Share This Page