Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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Do you trust your mechanic?
Some of you might already read about my mostly bad experiences, when I was forced to use "professional" mechanics.
There were those 3 master guys at PepBoys in TN, that took over an hour to misroute serpentine belt on my 300D. They gave me some BS about bad tensioner as an excuse for slipping belt.
After making it to campground it took me 10 minutes to find out the error and correct it with 2 wrenches.
Anyway, now it is my E320.
I bought it about a year ago from a dealer, where it was "serviced" before the sale. It was Nissan dealer, so they didn't reset the service meter, but that was a peanut for me.
So I took their word for it, since those guys at huge service station service cars for living.
So today, even having 2000 miles till service on my cluster, I decided to change the oil.
Oil was brownish, but you know how those synthetics stay clean for long time.
So i got to the filter. After some pressure to grab the filter element from the rod and pull it the whole thing shattered like a glass. Even plastic ends deteriorated and I had to use pick to remove all pieces from the housing. From the printing on the pieces I could confirm, that that was likely MB brand element.
So how long such element needs to stay in the engine to get "extra crispy"?
If you ask me it wasn't double the schedule and not likely triple.