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General Maintenance Costs

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I'm considering a CLS-550 and I've been reading here and there and everywhere in this forum. I was wondering if you all would be so kind as to comment on the general maintenance costs for your MB. After having purchased a new minivan a few years back and keeping up with the regular service intervals (every 5000 miles for toyota, *sigh*) it can add up to a couple hundred dollars per year.

So what is the standard maintenance cycle for MB (I see someone with a thread about a 'b' service or something), what are the fees like, and so forth.

I'm just trying to get a general cost of ownership idea for the car.


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The model you're considering is an ego purchase.

Expect maintenance to be VERY high.

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Agreed -- very high.

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An oil change at the dealeship runs me between $100 to $130 depending on whch mercedes model is being done. I am only assuming it will a similar price for you. My cars have proven to be pretty durable. I know a lot of people who have had problems with newer mercedes, but I have not had anything occur that was out of ordinary maintence or something that I expected. For the M class for example:

Still do oil changes every 3000 miles. I know a lot will feel that is too often, but I would rather spend my money on oil than an engine rebuild. Those run about $70 at a local oil change place. I am going to start doing them myself again so I can lower that price a bit. Figure on 4 oil changes a year: $280

Have to change the tie rods right now: $150

O2 sensors $400 (to be changed soon)

Transfer case, rear diff, front diff fluid change....maybe $80

That is about all I have done in the last year. Keep in mine these were all things I did myself so no labor charges and the oxygen sensors and t case/diff's are things you do not do every year.

For the w126:

In maintenance, about 3 oil changes a year at $50 each. That is about it. I need to remove the drive shaft and check some things. So at the most I will have $500 if I have to replace that. After 200,000 miles I am not shocked at a repair like that. I had the brakes done. Just did not have time with work to change out all of the brakes-$300 maybe. And that is about it for the last 12 months for that car.
It comes down to this. If you do the maintenance, MB last well. They are pricey and if something major does go bad, it can be very expensive.

I cannot comment about the model you are looking at, but I hope this helped. Maybe you want to check with the forum specific to your model.

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An oil change at the dealeship runs me between $100 to $130 depending on whch mercedes model is being done. I am only assuming it will a similar price for you. .
Never mind. I just looked up the model that you are thinking about. I have no clue. Could you call the dealership and ask them for prices?

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BTW, I did this when I was looking at a boxster. The salesman took me over to the service dept and we went over the maintenance costs for a year.

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The model you're considering is an ego purchase.

Expect maintenance to be VERY high.





What MB would be considered *not* an ego purchase? Just for my frame of reference... Thx.

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If you're worried about the costs of maintenance of a car like this, maybe you're can't afford it yet.

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That's quite possible, which is WHY I'M ASKING HOW MUCH IT COSTS.

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I'm considering a CLS-550 and I've been reading here and there and everywhere in this forum. I was wondering if you all would be so kind as to comment on the general maintenance costs for your MB. After having purchased a new minivan a few years back and keeping up with the regular service intervals (every 5000 miles for toyota, *sigh*) it can add up to a couple hundred dollars per year.

So what is the standard maintenance cycle for MB (I see someone with a thread about a 'b' service or something), what are the fees like, and so forth.

I'm just trying to get a general cost of ownership idea for the car.


Thanks!!!
I wish there was any type of maintence on my car that could be done for 200 bucks. I would not be concerned so much with maintence, I have 18's on my car 265/35 to be exact I imagine MB is still using that size wheel which I think the CLS has look at tyre prices then decide,
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