Poor AC Performance Due to Refrigerant Loss on Mercedes-Benz CLK320

Poor AC performance may be caused by a refrigerant leak from the hose that connects the receiver drier to the AC condenser.

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Average mileage: 92,794 (34,000–198,564)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
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2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 65,000 mi,
They tried to sell me a new compressor because the existing one was leaking the gas. They wanted $1200. I declined since I found the priciest replacement compressor cost only $400. It is cheaper to simply replace the gas each summer.
2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 120,000 mi,
new refrigerant freon
1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 34,000 mi,
leak at the compressor required replacement of the compressor
AC stopped blowing cold air. Two separate technicians diagnosed the repair and recommended a new A/C Compressor, however both determined that the AC Drier was not damaged and did not require replacement (saving me $250-300. Repair costs quoted by both were approx $950. The repair actually costs $979.