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MB oil filter or aftermarket

Hello everyone I'm new to the forum, My wife drives a 05 240 that we bought new in late 04 and all this time my wife has made the apointments to have the old changed and other things so I had no idea what it was costing me to change the oil on the car will this time I called and they want $320.00 to change the oil and do a few other things, I think thats nuts.

Well I'm going to be doing the oil changes from now on, but I'm not sure if I should buy the MB oil filter or buy the Fram one, what do you think? I will be using the same oil that I use on my other cars the Mobil 1 full syn, I'm just not sure about the filter, I was told that the filter is why you only need to change the oil onces a year.

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I am not a Fram fan and have found through the years that many oil filters are made by the same company and sold at varying prices under different names. On my domestic cars I actually use the Walmart brand which is good quality and the same as an STP (and others). I would recommend visiting the Germanfilters.com web site. Their prices are good and I've found their customer service to be excellent.
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I pay $68 for oil changes
$5 x 8 for Mobil 1
$8 x 1 filter from Autohauz Arizona
$20 labor
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'Fram' filters are pretty good and should do in lieu of the MB (Note! MB don't make filters, just pack them in their glossy carton and charge you for honour!)
Don't skimp on the oil - buy the best spec suited to your engine!
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Use the filter recommended by MB ONLY! Not sure what they recommend for your wife's car, but on mine they say use only Fleece filters and I do. This is not an item to skimp on. And especially if you're using Synthetic oil like Mobil 1 you really don't want to mess w/ a Fram filter, IMO.

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Hear hear.
If I were you, I will take both the post above and this advice below with a grain of salt.

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Avoid the Fram filter. When you open them up, at least the spin-on variety, you can clearly see that there are fewer pleats of filter paper, which means less filter paper surface area to filter your oil. The filter paper they use is also more porous than other makes, which allows more stuff to pass through the filter element that you might want the filter to catch. You might save a couple of bucks on the Fram vs. the original equipment filter, but is that couple of bucks worth it in the long run?
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Thank you, I guess I will be buying the MB filter.

Thanks again.
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I would also avoid Fram and stick to OEM brands such as Hengst, Mann and Knecht.

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Thank you, I guess I will be buying the MB filter.

Thanks again.
Hi, Ruben, and welcome to the forum. Another point that has been dodged about in here is that the newer cars require the fleece filter. While I've seen a bunch of generic filters for MB's (including NAPA and Fram), they have always been the paper element. The only fleece I've found are the OEM/OES manufacturers, names referenced by Ron in the post above.

And qmagic is able to buy the less expensive Mobil1 because his car didn't spec the newer variety, 0W40. So your oil changes will cost you a bit more than that as the oil will be closer to $7 a quart and the fleece filter up in the $15 range.

Bottom line, follow your owner's manual recommendations and your car will be much happier for it.

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