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Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2001 E320 - Brilliant Silver/Ash: 107,000+
Location: West Virginia, USA
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I was told by my dealer's most highly respected technician (by this I mean the one who gets the most requests, plus my salesman's favorite) that I was probably not driving the car hard enough. The service manager and I were both witnesses to the statement, and agreed that if a tech tells me to start "hot dogging" the car, it must be safe.
In another thread, I was made aware of a so-called "Italian tuneup" in which a fuel additive is used (I chose some Chevron Techron Concentrate large bottle in a full tank) and have putting the car into kickdown 3-4 times a day and otherwise driving less like my grandmother and more like a maniacal idiot. This has been an enlightening experience because I had no idea how hot these little 3.2 V-6 engines are.
So far, I have not had to add any more oil, and it has been about 750 miles since I last had to. By the way, I have only driven the beast hard for the last 350, the other 400 were some casual miles back and forth on an interstate rarely exceeding 80 MPH and 3000 RPM.
The FSS still says I have 4200 miles until a B service is due ( those include an oil change obviously). However, it increased by precisely 1000 miles for every quart I added, so I am going to have that done when it says 4000.
Lastly, I spoke with the service manager who was supposed to send a report to MBUSA about my SDS diagnostic data. He said they told him to keep watching my car.
Cheers to everyone who has been providing feedback!
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