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Old 02-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #1591
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The receipt wasn't itemized so I don't know. Mine only went 7200 miles before the light came on (apparently they have random amounts in them from the factory) .. they filled it back up during the service at exactly 10K and now I'm at 18,500 and the light hasn't came on yet (I just jinxed myself.. it will probably come on later today ).

Local dealer charged me ~$365 for the first service. Apparently Mercedes Tampa charged another guy $270 for the exact same thing.. so it sounds like shopping around might be in order as the prices seem to be dealer dependent


I did some shopping today... time to fix the antenna the snow storm snapped off
Where are you finding parts online with those diagrams?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #1592
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geuninemercedesparts.com

i've used them to buy my wheels in the past.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:00 PM   #1593
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forstner bit?
Are we drilling in wood or aluminum? I forgot. Forstner bits usually have a point that extends another 1/4-3/8" beyond the face of the bit, so that could be a problem as well.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:54 PM   #1594
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Apparently Mercedes Tampa charged another guy $270 for the exact same thing..
mbot charges a lower hourly labor rate on basic maintenance items...services and brakes. the amount a benz dealer chooses to mark up their parts isnt a set thing. they have a minimum msrp but many charge more than that. mbot is at the msrp for maintenance related items.

you should also be charged per liter of fluid it takes, the tech should be noting this on the ro in their notes, and you should be charged accordingly.

keep in mind all of this was how it was in 2009, i haven't worked there since 10/09
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:51 PM   #1595
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I'd try a uni bit



http://www.google.com/search?num=100...5l1010l0.7l7l0

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #1596
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it needs to be countersunk.. not drilled through. Needs a flat, precision cut bottom.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:14 PM   #1597
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the travel channel is doing a RV show now and I just saw one of these sweet things.







when I hit the lottery I'm getting one.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #1598
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...as per an earlier post.. these are the inexpensive version of those that I have

...the issue is being able to cleanly drill (without a mill) a 7/8" hole the proper depth

I'm not a machinist, but why not just chuck a 7/8" mill cutter in your drill press?
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:02 PM   #1599
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the travel channel is doing a RV show now and I just saw one of these sweet things.


Built in Nixa, MO!
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #1600
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Wow that thing is gorgeous. Does it manage over 10mpg?
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #1601
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Dunno, couldn't find the specs yet, but here's the link if you wanna' look.
http://globalxvehicles.com/

A friend of mine lives in Nixa. Might have to seek them out next time I'm over that way.




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Old 02-10-2012, 06:33 AM   #1602
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If I was going to drive it around the world.. spending $50K on fuel instead of $25K on fuel would be a consideration; I wasn't asking as a deal killer.. I was asking as a budget consideration... but its all mental masturbation


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Old 02-10-2012, 06:49 AM   #1603
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Otis is that your van?
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:49 AM   #1604
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Esteban (banned from ADV last year) is a local guy here who has a Unimog on his property in the mountains. He uses it as a fire truck and a snow plow. Pretty cool vehicle for sure.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:00 AM   #1605
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according to this http://unimogcentre.com/unimogfaq.html

top speed of a stock unimog is 55mph though some of the new ones can get up to 70.
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