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2006 S500 Oil Change

Hi all, I am new to the forum and have a question regarding scheduled maintenance. I purchased a new 06 S500 this March and have the preferred service option where MB covers the cost of all maintenance above and beyond the warranty. The service advisor recently told me that an oil change is not required until the first scheduled maintenance at 13,000 miles which seems crazy to me. I just traded in a C5 Corvette which used Mobil 1 synthetic and changed it every 3K miles. I currently have 4K miles on it and am wondering if I should take it in and get it changed now and every 4K miles prior to the 13K scheduled maintenance? The service advisor swears that extensive tests have been run and that there is no need to change it until 13K using Mobil 1 synthetic.

FYI - The car broke after I purchased it as I drove off the lot and had to wait some 2 weeks for a snap ring for the transmission to come from Germany which did not start my first relationship with MB off to a good start and have since had a punctured tire at 3K miles and barely got it to the dealership close to my house to find they don't patch tires - just replace, so $348 later for that fiasco I was back on my way. Otherwise, has been running great and I really enjoy it. Thanks in advance for your insights.
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Change it at 13k miles. You're only wasting your money by changing it at 3k, and there really is no proof that changing at 3k rather than 13k does it any better.

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this is good advice from the sa. don t waste good oil
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Not sure about you guys, but I've heard a lot of people changing the oil the moment they get the car, or at least by the first 3,000 miles. Then go for the 13k mile interval after that.

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i wouldnt change the oil this early in a new car, the cars are shipped with special breaking oil - to break the engine in.


however after the first dealer service, my service interval is 13K, i change the oil halfway at about 6K myself.
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oil waste

u waste oil when u change before 10k. save money and change the filter at 6k
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The reason for tire replacement rather than patching is the speed rating. If a tire has been properly patched, the speed rating has been lowered to zilch. $350 is a lot of money for a single tire, but if the guy changing it charges $100 an hour I guess that works out about right.

There is a certain degree of wisdom in doing an early initial oil change, but not knowing whether MB does this at the factory, I'd be inclined to follow their procedure and do the factory scheduled oil change. Back when I used to rebuild engines, break in oil was non-detergent and used for the first 250 to 500 miles. It's purpose was to help seat the compression rings to the cylinder walls. I know of no thirteen thousand mile break-in oils.

Lastly, Mobil1 advertises that their oil is the original equipment (filled at the factory) oil for Mercedes-Benz.
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the reason you can go for longer oil change intervals on a mercedes is take a look at how many quarts an average american car holds and how many quarts a mercedes engine holds.
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the reason you can go for longer oil change intervals on a mercedes is take a look at how many quarts an average american car holds and how many quarts a mercedes engine holds.
Besides that, synthetic oil is much better than dino juice. I went cheap and put petroleum based motor oil in my sport bike once. Once was enough. My motorcycle's wet clutch was toast within 1000 miles. Among other things, synthetics lubricate better at all temperatures and have greater resistance to thermal breakdown. There's really no comparison between that putrefied swill that fills the crankcase of most "other" cars (the Japanese are as guilty as the American manufacturers), and synthetic motor oil.
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I change mine at the mid-point because I drive almost exclusively in town and put less than 10k miles on a year. I believe there is a time factor and/or a milage factor to be considered isn't there? Doesn't MB say 13k or 1 year, whichever comes first??

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