Mercedes-Benz is known for being a brand that represents luxury and performance. Since 1926, this German luxury car manufacturer has been producing high-quality passenger cars that are trusted and indulged in by drivers all over the world.
If you choose to drive a Benz, you'll experience luxury and comfort. However, when it comes to reliability, Benz vehicles are just average and not considered the best. Additionally, the cost of Benz parts is higher than that of a regular car due to their luxury status.
It's essential to be prepared for unexpected car troubles, regardless of the brand you drive, especially if you haven't maintained it regularly. Certain parts in a Benz are subject to more wear and tear and may need to be replaced. To ensure you're purchasing quality replacement parts, consider buying from a reliable second-hand auto parts dealer like BE FORWARD.
Sourcing Benz Parts (OEM vs. Aftermarket)
A quick search online will show the two main categories of parts for Benzs on the market - OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts, are original parts used by car manufacturers. "Aftermarket" parts are those made by third-party manufacturers that are compatible with the vehicle.
There's no "one size fits all" option for replacement Benzs. Both these categories of parts have their respective advantages. OEM parts have been manufactured to the high standards Benz set out and are backed by a more extended warranty. On the other hand, aftermarket parts can be cheaper and offer greater variety and customizability. Have you noticed those Mercedes-Benz cars on the road that don't look quite like they did when they left the factory? They were likely modified with aftermarket parts.
Between the two, there is a safer option to fall back on. If you want to return your Benz to its original state, it's best to use OEM parts. These parts are manufactured to higher standards, so they'll likely last longer than other replacements. Installing aftermarket parts on your Benz can potentially void its warranty and cause damage to your vehicle. It's important to note that these parts are not covered by Benz's warranty. Additionally, it's not always guaranteed that aftermarket parts will be cheaper than OEM parts, and you may end up paying more for a worse fit and quality.
What Are the Most Important Parts of Your Benz?
When it comes to these parts, there's no room for cutting corners. These are the most crucial parts of your Benz, as they directly affect its performance and safety. Therefore, ensuring they are always in good condition is essential. You should perform regular maintenance or repair/replace them as necessary.
The engine is its primary power source, burning fuel to produce the mechanical energy to drive your Benz. Repairs can be costly and complex, often requiring specialized expertise and replacement parts, contributing to high expenses. Sadly for 2011, 2015, and 2016 C300 drivers, their engines are notorious for malfunctioning at high rates past 100,000 km.
For both the automatic and manual, the transmission of your Benz transfers power from the engine to the wheels while using gear ratios to keep the engine in its power band, allowing it to run efficiently. The transmission sees constant usage and, consequently, high wear and tear. Like the engine, repairing this complicated piece of equipment can be more than buying a replacement. The unique connector and valve body of Benz's high-performing transmissions has unfortunately made them more susceptible to transmission fluid leakages leading to rough gear shifting.
Your lights help you see, be seen, and convey your driving intentions. Replace damaged lights or blown bulbs to ensure your road safety.
Your Benz brakes are essential for slowing down or stopping your vehicle safely. Some brake parts, like brake pads and rotors, wear out more quickly and require frequent replacement. Other parts, such as the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders, may develop leaks and affect your brakes' performance. Fortunately, you can buy these parts separately if necessary.
The battery plays a crucial role in starting your Benz. If you notice the engine cranking slowly or the Battery/Charging warning light turning on, it indicates that your battery is about to die. Watch for these signs to avoid a situation where your car won't start.
Which Benz Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
Parts and materials in your Benz will inevitably wear down or run out with use. These "consumables" are engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, and wiper blades, with tires and batteries possibly falling under the same category by some definitions. Recognizing the warning signs indicating low levels or wear and tear of certain parts is essential.
Perpetually pumping coolant from the radiator to the engine to flush heat away from the engine's various parts, the water pump gets no time for a breather. The water pump has a lifespan of around 97,000 km depending on your usage.
The lifespan of your Benz's suspension is a factor of:
1. How smooth the roads you drive on are.
2. The weight of the loads carried by your Benz and how frequently you load your vehicle.
3. Your overall mileage.
With proper care, your suspension can last up to 10 years. However, if you push your Benz too hard, it may only last between 5 to 8 years. A faulty suspension is a literal pain in the rear as you'll begin to experience bumpy rides in your Benz. The 2000 and 2003 E320s are likely to develop cracks in the thrust link bushings, putting more pressure on the tires while leading to a rough ride.
Are Benz Parts Expensive?
Let's face it. Authentic Benz parts are expensive. However, choosing used parts can significantly lower the cost of replacements without sacrificing quality.
Where to Buy Genuine Benz Parts Online
Authorized Benz dealers and OEM parts retailers in your country are the go-tos for OEM parts. For more affordable alternatives, get a well-priced, well-maintained second-hand unit. Find the Benz part you need right here with BE FORWARD Auto Parts!