Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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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.)
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck