Question

My car would not pass the smog test. Took it in to a mechanic who said the balance shaft needed to be replaced. Cost: $5000     Apparently this is a problem which Mercedes will not recall despite numerous consumer complaints. He told me that it was not worth fixing as the car is probably not worth more than $5000. Most comparable cars are priced at 5k, but they have 125+ miles on them.

Question: Is it worth fixing? My car is a 2006 Mercedes E350 with less than 50k miles and in good shape. 

Thank you!

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Answers

What goes bad is the balance shaft gear. And yes it is an expensive repair, in the $5k range. If it was my car what I would do is go to car-parts.com and look for a used engine and have your mechanic install it. You can get the engine and have it installed for around $2k including labor and used engine. The only thing is that you need to get an engine from a 2008 and newer model. 2006 and 2007 is going to have the same issue as you have right now.