I had to have my Crankcase Ventilation Purge Valve replaced. I was billed for 12 hours of labor. Has anyone else dealt with this problem?
https://www.mboeparts.com/p-intake-line-2740900200Thanks for the comments and additional info. I have just under 23K on my van. No Metris dealers here in Alaska and MB USA won't pay for anything if its not done at a METRIS dealership so any MB warranty is worthless up here. Nice to know that they value their dealers so highly and leave the customer without any warranty support what so ever.... The local MB dealership's service department won't even look at my Metris.
Lance on the Fence- $1500, I wish! Labor is $130 per hour at the Freightliner/Sprinter dealership. I use them since I hoped they might have better access to MB tech data and parts. But no, MB apparently has a pretty tight grip on troubleshooting info and access to parts. Part of the labor costs are for tracking down tech data and trying to get the part.
Pawo007- You must have looked up the wrong part. Try $840 and that is supposedly discounted. The part number listed is 274 090 02 00 but that may have come through the Freightliner parts system.
When I look at the old part, I can see that its clearly not a 2 hour job to swap it out. I'm hoping our favorite Metris mechanic can give an estimate on how long it might take someone that works on a Metris on a regular basis to swap out the part.
A Check Engine Light was the only indication of a problem.https://www.mboeparts.com/p-intake-line-2740900200
Wow yeah, pricey! What are the symptoms when this part has a problem?
Also the troubleshooting/service info isn't that tightly gripped by MB......there's ways to get it. :grin:
I am pretty far north....I guess we'll see how it goes. I suspect that oil vapor condenses in the tube when its cold and slowly clogs it. I've seen similar condensation in the valve cover oil caps on the M112 and M113 gas engines that have a "tall plastic tube" that stands off the valve cover for the oil cap and thus is much colder than its surroundings.Pawo, I found a couple post on it, but agree, it doesn't seem to be widespread. I did read somewhere that stated it's worse the farther north you go, and it went on to say they are insulating the hoses now.
I did a good bit of research on the system, it is very complex compared to the previous system of venting the crankcase. It's a split system, high rpm and low rpm. Lots of hoses...very expensive. The one on my BMW is about $90 and about 3 or 4 hoses for another $75 or so and much easier to replace. I guess we'll see how these will hold up.
Thanks for the update on your costs. I'm envious of the discount that you received! Clearly you have far more wit, charm, good looks and/or better rapport with your dealer than I do. Since I'm 1400 miles from ANY Metris dealership, there were no options to find the best dealership to deal with. I tried to get MBUSA to at least pay for the part since my van is still under the original warranty, but they didn't give me the time of day since the work wasn't done at a Metris dealership.I am sure that would be covered under an emissions warranty; however I was mistaken as to its coverage.
The purge valve was NOT covered by the ELW. My dealership got MB to give me good will in the form of covering 75% of the part cost, and I paid 100% of the non-duplicate labor from the other repair. I paid labor in the amount of $612 plus $250 ish for the part.
My service advisor told me that this has been an issue with all vehicles equipped with the M274; Mercedes considers the valve a wear part (surprise surprise) which is why it is not covered. He assured me however that assuming my vehicle continues to be properly maintained I should be able to get a similar goodwill gesture if it happens again.
If I seem happy about it, I’m not, although I do appreciate my dealer going to bat for me. I emphasize the importance of finding a good dealer.