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Where to get oil changes for MB?

Okay say you have an older MB. It is 10 yrs and well out of warranty so you have to pay for oil changes. Where should you go? Dealer? A European car specialist? Jiffy-lube?

Quite frankly I am not thrilled about paying $400 or whatever it costs to do an oil change at the dealer. Jiffy-lube will do it for $80. Question is, can they? And will they be able to do whatever they have to do so that the oil life computer tracking thing knows that the oil has been changed (right now it beeps everytime I start the car saying to change the oil in 400mi - very annoying).
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I think a German car specialist would be best. They may have all the expertise of the dealer at lower prices. Many times the success of their business is by reputation so it behooves them to do the best job possible.
My new Benz goes into the dealer in my area and frankly I'm not impressed.
NEVER go to Jiffy Lube or the like. They make so many mistakes that there are whole websites devoted to documenting their mistakes.

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If you can, learn to DIY. It's not dificult. Also lots of dealers have an oil change special that is very reasonable.

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DIY is the best way. You can call the dealership and ask them. I had one oil change done on the 300SEL at the dealership and it was not too bad......DIY is still the way to go.

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Most men should be at least be able to change the oil in a car. DIY is the best.
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I use an indie who specializes in high-end cars. I've had enough hot oil on my hands and face, and I am too lazy to pull the engine pan. I don't like the idea of a siphon/pump out the top end because it's probably going to leave the sludgy stuff in the bottom of the pan. My guy uses the OEM fleece filters and bottled Mobile 1. Even better, he'll let me in the bay to look over the bottom of the car while he's doing the drain. That's my recommendation. The labor is $30 and I pay an extra buck a quart or so for oil over Wal-Mart. Best of all, I don't kill a half day, wear oil under my fingernails for days, and if anything is done wrong he pays.
JiffyLube and other bulk change places serve a useful purpose, but not for MB. There is too much to go wrong if someone isn't familiar with what they are doing, and JiffyLube doesn't do a lot of Benz work. Let the good folks who drive Ford F-150s and Nissan Sentras keep them in business and take yours somewhere else. (I'm not trying to insult the owners of those cars, but they are less likely to be buggered up at JiffyLube.)

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MB dealers will do the oil and filter, typical charge is around $100, they do like to push the extras you dont have to do it. There are some who wont reset the FSS but there are instructions in the manual or posted here, I use MB filters and their synthetic, a good indi is always a choice.
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I'm in the learn to DIY crowd.

But if you just want to get it taken care of and you just bought a used MB I would take it to a dealer. Why? Because they'll go over the car and tell you about any issues that may not be apparent. It's free and you are under no obligation to have them do the work.

Note: I wouldn't let Jiffy-lube dispose of my drain oil.
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Post $400 for an Oil Change is maybe in Beverly Hills for a Bentley or Rolls

You must find a good source with a recommended repair facility that is not at the dealer.

You can get a good oil change for around $60.00 if you provide the filter.

Should be no more then $80.00 if they provide the filter.

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There's more to a service than changing the oil. The dealer always plugs the STAR diagnostics into the car to determine if all systems check out. I had the brake fluid flushed out of my '06 E350 with the last service and that's the only way the price came up to $400.00. The wheels were pulled, the brake pad wear checked, tires rotated, the cabin air filter changed, of course 8 qts of Mobil 1 oil and a new filter were included. Definitely never a quick lube and oil place.
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