Remember a couple weeks ago when we took the Sprinter to the dealership to have some work done… yeah, that was a great idea… (remember here)
I probably should have know better. A friend of mine here in Huanchaco pretty much summed up getting ANYTHING done in Peru…
“Sure, you take something to get fixed, but the problem is when they fix one thing, they break another, then you take it to get fixed and they break another thing… and that is how Peru is… you see”
Yeah, I suppose that is pretty much true. First a routine oil change turned into a major system wide battery failure. Guess the mechanic couldn’t resist the Sprinter Life alpine system and just had to hear the bass. Then he forgot to turn it off, of course not realizing that this wasn’t a regular stock system.
See, our battery van looks like this…
All those black hoses are NOT stock. They run to two separate batteries located under the vehicle. The entire system is charged by a solar panel, which of course doesn’t work when the van is parked INSIDE a dealership. Result… system wide failure. Since nobody actually admitted what happened, it took a day just to trouble shoot the problem. Then it was determined we needed to drop the house batteries and recharge them.
Then the Peru golden rule kicked in, again – fix one thing, break another. In taking the batteries down they somehow managed to strip and rip the bolt from the frame of the van. After ruling out welding due to the location of the propane we decided to try some peruvian puddy.
At this point the project had now consumed about a week of my time.
Finally we got everything finished. I paid the bill and drove off. About a block later the van stopped. I guess the guy who changed the oil decided to disconnect the radiator hose. ????????? Wow.
I think our friend Matt Meistrell said it best in our recent post about going to the dentist here in Peru… (remember here)… when he said…
“I hope u wake up with all your organs “
Yeah, thanks Matt. Well said.
Anyway, we finally got out of there alive and the van is back home, safe and sound. On the up-side, they did amazing body work. All the rust is gone and the van looks brand new.
Thanks for the wonderful time Mecedes Dealership Peru. I won’t forget you.