Appreciate all the replies guys,
one thing I hadn’t mentioned yet was that when the dealership replaced the shocks they did a very poor job aligning the car, my steering wheel was off center and the alignment itself was also off, I took it back and they re-did it.
But another poor job, steering wheel still wasn’t centered well and the alignment still wasn’t on point.
I’m a stickler to these things and thought they should’ve done a better job and took my business elsewhere.
I decided I probably am going to go to another dealership in the future and took my car to my local garage guy who is usually spot on and does a great job on my car. He re-centered the steering wheel and re-aligned my car, the car drove much better afterwards. This guy I trust with these things.
I had not checked my tie rods myself before, it would’ve been interesting to see if there was a change / difference before and after the new shocks.
Oddly enough all the Mercedes dealerships around here don’t get great reviews, and I can’t say they’ve done a very good job on my car, there’s always been little things they messed up every time I visited (after replacing the shocks, I always got a knocking sounds coming from around the engine bay, turned out they managed to get my braking fluid reservoir loose and it banged against my chassis whenever the car moved, I had them re-check everything but they couldn’t find it, until I stumbled upon it myself :facepalm: )
ergo why I like my local car guy, been going there with my previous cars and my parents’ cars. He’s usually spot on, but this is the first time I’m a little doubtful about his diagnosis on the tie rods, no movement on one side and some on the other, sounds strange to me.
I’m still gonna get a second opinion in another garage and see what they think.
I also asked the mechanic at the dealership about that stiffness / tightness adjustment for the steering wheel, but he said that older cars did have that, but since this is a more modern car it doesn’t have that and it’s all electronically controlled or something.
He also plain up told me that my diesel car also had questionable software in it also found in other branded cars, I lol’d, guy was a straight up fella.
Thank you guys for all the feedback!