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Ok, I actually bought the MB 400 SEL for my wife to drive around town. Now, she does not drive that much. Two or three times a week. The longest outing may be 10 miles round trip. I doubt she will break the tech over 2500 rpm, as she is a conservative driver.

Now the concern is that the engine will not like this sort of driving and will need it's legs stretched on a highway...what are your thoughts on this? How often should this be done?
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I'd say take it out onto the highway every week or couple of weeks and let it have some fun, take it around some sporty turns. Maybe toss a bottle on injector cleaner in before you do to keep things nice inside the engine. I wouldn't say use the injector cleaner everytime, but maybe every couple of months or so.

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I personally believe a car's engine will collect sludge during short distance driving at low speeds. A car's engine works hardest when it is cold and I try to avoid any short trips if possible. I take all of my cars out for highway driving every weekend for at least 30 minutes of 65mph+ driving. It burns any sludge that might have been collected. A friend of mine who is a Volvo mechanic tells me that the engine speed should be at least 3000rpm to effectively "exercise" the engine.

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Yeah, I like the idea about the fuel injector cleaner. I use to do that with my other cars. I believe you need to do it with a full tank and drive it to near empty. Ideally it should be done on long trips...maybe a trip to NYC or Cap Code would do the trick. Great idea.

30 minutes, 65mph+. That sounds good to me. Do you think I can get away with doing this once a month? or do you guys think that's asking for trouble?
BTW: 91 Octane is up to $2.12 per gallon...ouch.
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Unless you want to keep your car for over ten years, or you love your car so much, then maybe I could suggest every two weeks at least. But if this car will be gone in five years, any symptoms are unlikely to appear too soon. This is kind of like a long term thing. It won't kill your car this month, but you will feel the consequences when your car is over five years or sometimes even ten years.

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For those that have use Injector cleaners, which brand works the best? I guess the obvious follow on to that question is, does MB make Injector Cleaners (I imagine they sell them) and will that be the best one to get? BTW: I am referring to the sort of stuff you pour into a full tank of gas...NOT the tools to clean injectors (although, I have cleaned injectors before..in my 84 VW-GTI).

STP? ...or maybe I'll have to google a little more on this topic...
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No need if you change your oil more often. This type of frequent short

distance driving falls under the "severe driving conditions" category. Follow the recommended oil change interval for severe driving conditions and you'll be better off. Or like you suggest, drive it on longer trips for no reason other than to warm the engine oil up completely.

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$2.12 a gallon for 91 Octane gas? where do you live? for us SoCal residents that is a bargain! I just filled up my car yesterday at the least expensive station in town at
$2.499!!!!!
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$2.12 a gallon for 91 Octane gas? where do you live? for us SoCal residents that is a bargain! I just filled up my car yesterday at the least expensive station in town at
$2.499!!!!!
Well. It may be higher now. The 2.12 was last weekend. I live in Wayland MA, but I drive to another county --- Framingham MA --- there is a Sunoco gas station that consistently have the lower price. A lot of other MB owners and other gas guzzlers go here for their gas.

The GIBBS gas station, close to the above station, actually has lower prices, but I don't like their gas. I think they add water or something to their gas because my car pings and run on with their 91 octane...so I stay away from GIBBS (at lease from this particular one).

Now, 2.499...OUCH.[:(] I feel for you dude.

There is a web site out there that you might find useful. The link is for the Calfornia state.
http://www.californiagasprices.com/

There are options to change the state and region, about half way down on the left panel.

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Its about $1.56 around here these days.
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