Originally Posted by mr.xpowerseller
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."
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.