Mercedes Oxygen Sensors

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Almost all new Mercedes vehicles are being built with wideband oxygen sensors instead of outdated thimble versions. That's because Mercedes is synonymous with high-performance technology, which buyers simply expect to receive for their 60,000, 70,000, or 80,000 dollars. Mercedes owners prize much more than just the aesthetics of their CLK- or SLK-class cars. They also expect state-of-the-art parts underneath the hood.

Wideband oxygen sensors give Mercedes owners an up-to-the-second look at their engines' fuel ratios as opposed to generalized averages or rough estimations. This means their cars are always operating at peak performance, regardless of the severity of the conditions. It also prevents engines from "leaning out" as mixtures change and, ultimately, self-destructing.

Finding Mercedes Oxygen Sensors

The bad news, as you might expect, is that Mercedes oxygen sensors aren't often found in bargain bins. In fact, you may have to shell out upwards of four to five times the price you'd pay for other cars' oxygen sensors, simply because of your Mercedes' precision tuning. While it's not impossible to find discounted Mercedes parts from aftermarket dealers, keep in mind that most Mercedes drivers aren't looking to cut costs as a primary consideration.

Be prepared to part with anywhere from 100 to 200 dollars for your Mercedes oxygen sensors before factoring labors. One of the exquisite joys of owning a luxury vehicle such as a Mercedes, BMW, or Jaguar is that fewer numbers of specialists are licensed (and able) to work on their engines. So, while you may trim a few dollars off the purchase price of your new sensors, you'll more than likely get them back in the installation process--unless you're prepared to surgically operate on your own vehicle.


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