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A service vs. B Service

My car just reached the 60K mark and I scheduled for a service. I had an A service instead of the B due to a misunderstanding at sign-in. I didn't notice the "mistake" until after I got my receipt.

My questions is...

Does it make a difference? I am aware of the details of a B service. Since I don't drive my car much does it matter that I have a B at 60K. I know the Mercedes website recommends a B service at 60K. I could always get a B service at 70K.

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I'd say that as long as you had an oil/filter change, brake/tire inspection, they hooked it up to the Star diagnostics and test drove it, you should be "okay" for another 10,000. But doesn't your car have an FSS that should have told the technician the you were due for a B service?

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I have an SLK so the tires cannot be rotated. For the SLK the B service means a few more checks and new wipers. My dealer recommended the A service and buy my own wipers. Of course I'm getting my car serviced once a year with only 5,000-7,000 miles between service.

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My car just reached the 60K mark and I scheduled for a service. I had an A service instead of the B due to a misunderstanding at sign-in. I didn't notice the "mistake" until after I got my receipt.

My questions is...

Does it make a difference? I am aware of the details of a B service. Since I don't drive my car much does it matter that I have a B at 60K. I know the Mercedes website recommends a B service at 60K. I could always get a B service at 70K.

Thank you!
IT MATTERS A LOT! The 60k service is not just a B service--it is a huge service that goes way beyond a B service. It includes everything from spark-plugs to hose and belt replacements and much more. And if you haven't had your transmission fluid changed it should be done now as well. You might want to wait 5k and take it back, but I would not wait for the next "scheduled" service. My dealer showed me the punch list of additional items that they do at 60k in addition to the B service and it was a page long!

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Does anyone know if the 60,000 mile "B" service on a 1999 C280 is the same as for a 2000 S500? Not that I am arguing, but it stands to reason there are at least some different service criteria for different models.

My 60,000 is due in about 2000 miles and it's beginning to sound pretty expensive!

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Does anyone know if the 60,000 mile "B" service on a 1999 C280 is the same as for a 2000 S500? Not that I am arguing, but it stands to reason there are at least some different service criteria for different models.

My 60,000 is due in about 2000 miles and it's beginning to sound pretty expensive!
I believe that all FSS cars have the same service schedule. If you do not have an FSS car then I have no idea. But I can say that 60k service has historically been a biggy w/ every MB and non-MB vehicle I've ever owned. There seems to be something magic about 60k intervals w/ auto service. If in doubt, I'm sure your dealer knows.

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60K particularly is a big service point as Jayhawk pointed out. You're fine with servicing it yourself after that. 60K is normally the recommended time when the tranny fluid gets replaces, along with other biggies.

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Thanks for the information. Looks like I am screwed. I will call the service advisor and see what he has to say.

I already found an independent service shop highly recommended by local MB owners.

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My car does have FSS. That is why I am wondering how they missed it. Maybe I miss understood? It showed 1 wrench and 200.

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In addition to the other books that were delivered with my car, I received a Mercedes Benz Service Booklet. The service schedule from my car and yours are no doubt different, but the only thing my book recommends on top of a B schedule at 60K miles (or 4 years, whichever is first) is a fuel filter, a check of the fuel filler nozzle seal, and an engine air filter. If you have the book (it’s the one the dealer stamps), and it's like mine, the schedules are in the back.
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