Well, we've heard lots of opinions, and of course you know the old
saying about anal passages, and everybody having one, etc.
None the less, and this is fact that no one can deny, or debate.
Dealers nowadays have absolutely no scruples. They screw you to the
tune of whatever price they feel like that day.
Evidently, in the original posters case, there sure couldn't have been
much at all wrong to get out of the dealership with a $69 Bill, which
probably was just a charge for 1 hour's labor.
No parts at all were needed, and as I previously said, what was most
likely done, was the battery was disconnected for 30 seconds, and the
"Service Engine Soon" light went off.
This is typical of GM ECM Computers.
Fact is, if you're running gas in your vehicle that was bought when
Hurricane Katrina hit, don't figure your gas to have any real Octane
left in it, and I'm gathering that this may have been the case with the
OP. Shitty Gas will cause your DashService light to come on.
My ex-wife's 92 Town Car was like this, that anytime you disconnected
the Battery, the Digital Display on the Dash would go awry.
First time the dealer soaked me $140, the second, $72, and at this
visit, the Shop foremen let me in on a little tip, to just pull fuses
#1, and #4 on the fuse block to clear the situation.
It "only" cost me $212 to find out this little trick at the Freakin Ferd
Granted, a "check engine Light" could be much more serious problems, but
for those who lack any sort of mechanical expertise-knowledge, and/or
are perhaps too lazy to pop the hood, and check basics, wel then the
dealer is your only hope. Fact is, even if you owned a brand new
Mercedes, this is no assurance that you're going to be trouble free.
It's a fact of life with owning a motor vehicle. Mark