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Front suspension strut (L)

L front Hydropnematic strut is about to fail.
Can it be repaired?
Or must it be replaced.
IF replace where Can I get one
I have been quoted $2880.00

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It must be replaced with remanufactured or new one.
Mercedes dealer will charge you a lot to fix it. $2880 or $3000 is about right. However if you take it to independent, qualifying German car repair shop, the cost will be less because they can locate the replacement part cheaper and charge less since their overhead cost is less than at the dealer.

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