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6k miles and check engine/oil light didn't go on yet...

I have an 03 CLK320 . I got it from the dealer and already drove 6k miles on it.

Will it automatically tell me when I'm supposed to do an oil change or should I just do it every so many miles?
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There should be a count down in the FSS display from 10,000 miles down to 0. 10,000 miles is the regular interval for oil changes. You should call the dealer and ask them when the oil was last changed since it's possible the FSS was not reset after the last oil change. So what you see in the instrument cluster may not truly reflect it.

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I think the default is 10,000 miles or one year. You should be able to scroll thru your menus, and find the service menu. It counts down and will alert you, when MB was providing this for free they used the count down. You can change the oil/filter at any time, but I would not do it before 7,500, and definately not go over one year.
My dealer is pretty competitive, as long as you dont give them a free reign. The A and B recommended services are a lot of check this and that, you can change air filters, wiper blades, your tires, and some other things. It will be more important as your car ages to have some services ( fluids, brakes, trans, cooling) done!

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You should get familiar with your steering wheel controls, and this is as good a reason as any for you to scroll through the menu. For example, there is a way that the car measures your oil level among them. However, just to be on the safe side, you should still check oil level with your dipstick every so often too.

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Thanks a lot for all your help! For some reason I thought you were supposed to do oil changes every 3k miles or so, I didn't know it was 10k... Thanks
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You should get familiar with your steering wheel controls, and this is as good a reason as any for you to scroll through the menu. For example, there is a way that the car measures your oil level among them. However, just to be on the safe side, you should still check oil level with your dipstick every so often too.
Mine doesn't work properly for some reason, I forgot what it says when I try to look at the oil level, I think it said the engine has to be turned off or something, I couldn't get it to measure my oil level.
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Thanks a lot for all your help! For some reason I thought you were supposed to do oil changes every 3k miles or so, I didn't know it was 10k... Thanks
The car uses full synthetic oil. Remember that. It's very important that you use fully synthetic oil. If you have a service manual, it should list right there the acceptable oil brand and weights for your car. I personally use Mobil1 0W-40. That's what the MB dealers used to use too. However I think they've switched to a different weight. It's safe to go up to 10,000 miles. No need to change it at 3,000 miles.

Also check out Mercedes-Benz Engine Oil Recommendations if you don't have a service booklet.

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Mine doesn't work properly for some reason, I forgot what it says when I try to look at the oil level, I think it said the engine has to be turned off or something, I couldn't get it to measure my oil level.
The car has to be off in order to test it if I recall correctly. I think there's also a dipstick in the engine bay to visually check it yourself as Musikmann suggested.

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Mine doesn't work properly for some reason, I forgot what it says when I try to look at the oil level, I think it said the engine has to be turned off or something, I couldn't get it to measure my oil level.
Not a problem, and that is correct. It will prompt you that the car must be level for that to be accurate; plus that the engine has to be off, and the key in the ignition switch in the last position before the start/crank one.

Some cars do have to have their oil changed every 3000 miles (I have 2 of those) but the Mercedes are different. As asianML said, use fully synthetic oil - Mercedes recommends Mobil1. They recently changed the preferred weight to 5W40 from the previous 0W40.

One last thing: don't be alarmed if your engine uses oil between changes. I bought mine used at 52,000 miles, and at 58,000, the car told me to add 2 quarts. Sad to say, that this is normal, at least for the 320 engines that you and I both have.

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The car has to be off in order to test it if I recall correctly. I think there's also a dipstick in the engine bay to visually check it yourself as Musikmann suggested.
Jackie - you may not have a dipstick. My 2004 CLK does not have one.

You can flip through the Instrment cluster displays to find the right page. As you said it will not give a readout unless the car is
a) level, b) oil is hot, c) engine is off. d) oil has had time to drain

So you can only do this when you finish a ride.
Park on the level. Turn off the engine. Return in 5 minutes and turn the ignition to position 1.

Now the display will advise on your oil level. (OK, or add xx litres)
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