Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1999 SLK230 Kompressor
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Now, the stuff that requires more tools than I possess, I usually bring to the dealer and have them do. Same goes with stuff that deals directly with my safety and liability, such as brakes, and any other major mechanical issue (which thankfully, I have been spared).
Routine wear & tear and maintenance like oil changes, filters, bulbs, wipers, spark plugs, drive belts - these I do myself. I am somewhat of an automotive hobbyist and love to tinker with my car (I installed my Alpine radio and it works great thank you!). I have also swapped out the rear tail lamps for the updated 2001 and newer tail lamps, just to have the facelift look. I intend to replace both front foglamps with clear Euro-look ones when I get around to ordering them.
I still use OEM oil (Mobil 1 grade 0W40 because it is good and is recommended), but aftermarket oil filters purchased online or at Autozone. I buy my air filter online because it is waaaay cheaper than at the dealer, as are the spark plugs, and just about any other part available for our cars. Folks, Mercedes-Benz or DaimlerChrysler, DOES NOT manufacture its own parts. They are outsourced on contract to the same manufacturers who make the aftermarket stuff. Only difference is one part has the logo slapped on it. Take brake rotors for example: Brembo makes a lot of rotors for companies but they are sold as OEM because they have been designed and built to a particular specification from that car manufacturer. Other very good examples are our rear view mirrors - these are made by a company called Magna Donnelly Corp and they supply MB with a lot of its mirrors; and, wipers - notice the new style wiper blades on all the newer model cars. The wipers that look bracketless like a single sliver of rubber (go to a parts store and check out BOSCH ICON, or RAIN-X Latitude, and see what I mean). Check out VALEO online - they are another company in the wiper business and they source these manufacturers too. There may be differences in looks but the technology is the same. Welcome to the global village!