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I'm looking into purchasing an 08 C Class and never owned a MB. Just wondering what is the average oil change, maintenance cost for driving a MB. I do a lot of driving daily for work, so will reach mileage quickly. Thanks.
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I believe you'll find prices to be dealer specific. I'd recommend you visit your local dealer and have a sales person supply the numbers. At my local dealer, a simple oil change is normally $125, and between $70 and $100 when on sale (at my local dealer, regular customers always get a sale price). Also, members of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America get discounts on parts and labor at many dealerships.

Here's a link to the current specials at my local dealer.
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I just paid $268. for my first service --- essentially an oil change.

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I'm having my 39K service done on my ML next week, and I expect to pay through the nose. But I have about 5 warranty items that need to be fixed during that visit too.

MB dealer service tends to run higher than Porsche service costs around here.

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I'm looking into purchasing an 08 C Class and never owned a MB. Just wondering what is the average oil change, maintenance cost for driving a MB. I do a lot of driving daily for work, so will reach mileage quickly. Thanks.

Service intervals tend to be long in the MB gas motor vehicles at 13K (as compared to Jag at 10K and Porsche at 15K) which helps. How many miles to you average per year?

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In close to 10 years of ownership of our ML320 we spend probably $1500 on maintenance.
First service A was $54 back in 99. I stooped taking the truck to the dealer once the warranty expired and they started charging over $200 for a service. That $1500 include 7 services, MAF sensor and spark plugs DIY.
Gasoline and tires extra.
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Thanks for the info! Anybody regret purchasing their MB due to poor quality, breakdowns, etc.? I know MB is a top of the line luxury brand, but do they live up to their name and price?
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Thanks for the info! Anybody regret purchasing their MB due to poor quality, breakdowns, etc.? I know MB is a top of the line luxury brand, but do they live up to their name and price?



short answer: NO. MB is near the bottom in every reliability, dependability, initial quality & satisfaction surveys. and dealer service (or lack thereof) will make you want to vomit. (but there are a few good dealers out there though).

but they sure look nice, and if u buy a brand new 08+, you should fare better. i'd definitely lease one tho

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Thanks for the info! Anybody regret purchasing their MB due to poor quality, breakdowns, etc.? I know MB is a top of the line luxury brand, but do they live up to their name and price?
Not any more. That's why I own a real Mercedes. Look at Lexus if you wanting top quality, top reliability and generally good dealer support. The poster above me hit the nail on the head.
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Not any more. That's why I own a real Mercedes. Look at Lexus if you wanting top quality, top reliability and generally good dealer support. The poster above me hit the nail on the head.
He did hit the nail on the head.

These newer cars are in the shop more than they are on the road.

Ask any benz technician what a piece of crap these cars are now days and they will all tell you the same thing.

I perform mobile repairs in Atlanta and can tell you that the reason for hight oil change prices is not only the delaer mark up but the cost of parts/lubricants.
The synthetic oil is not cheap.
I will say that you should have you car serviced religiously according the the service schedule book.
Independent shops will be cheaper, but sometimes they use different oils than recommended and they (all) use aftermarket knock off filters for services to save money.
Most dealers are charging roughly $235.00 for the small A-service and $450.00 or better for the B-services.
Oil changes only will run about $95- $110 , but don't expect the shop to be all warm and fuzzy with you when you bring in your mercedes for an oil change only when you missed the last service or two.
These guys hear all the stories, especially the one where the customer says "I just need and oil change, but the guy I was taking it to never stamped the books for the last two years."
Yeah right.
I charge less for these services, and I use factory M/B parts, but customers still take it to jiffy screw for cheap oil changes with God only knows who is toying with their car.
My advice is this: if you can't afford to maintain that car right, don't buy it.
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