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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2004, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Mercedes Benz "Basic Service"

I recently purchased a 2001 E320 4-Matic wagon. The car runs extremely well and does not seem to have any problems. Unfortunately, the car did not come with any of the service records. As a preventive measure, I scheduled a "basic service" maintenance with my local dealership. This is going to run me around
$375.00!!! This includes oil and filter change, wiper change, checks all fluids, hoses, etc! My question is:
Is this really necessary? Do I need to shell out this money? Please help!!!!
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RE: Mercedes Benz "Basic Service"

Ask them for a complete list of what's being serviced. Then decide if you can do it and what your time is worth. Then you'll know if it's worth it.
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RE: Mercedes Benz "Basic Service"

If you don't know the history of the car, an overall service would not hurt (even with $375). I service my car every 10K miles and it runs from $650-$700 each time.

Or like the other one said, if you know how to fix your car (or know a good source), then you can get a list of things to be done from dealer and do it yourself to save money.

Remember service will keep the life of your car longer
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Don't let them flush your transmission fluid!! Problems will arrise with left in contaminents. A proper fluid DRAIN and new filter will cost less and be more effective. The "lifetime" transmission fluid may or may not be good for 100,000 miles

On the other hand, a good coolant flush is probably desirable, followed by the correct MB coolant.

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