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View Poll Results: Do you change your Oil at 3,000 Miles or wait for the FSS?
I faithfully change my oil at 3K no matter what! 6 26.09%
I wait for the FSS to remind me to change my Oil 17 73.91%
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 07:23 PM
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Change both the ML and van at 10,000 miles.

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Dont you find it a conflict of interest that the manufacturer of the vehicle recommends 7500 mile oil changes? If the vehicle would remain in service longer with a 3000 mile change (which it would ) who would it be bad for, the consumer or the company making another car to sell to you? Not long ago Merced Benz manufactured vehicles that would last quite a long time (my w126 500se is a testament to this) 271 thousad miles and does'nt use a bit of oil between changes (every 3000 miles)

The fact is that dirty oil wont lubricate as well as clean oil, and furthermore will not dissipate heat as well either. Why doesnt Mercedes build a vehicle that will last a long time anymore? Because they need to sell you another one in the near future.
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3K oil changes will do nothing to improve poor MB reliability of last decade.

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The fact is that dirty oil wont lubricate as well as clean oil, and furthermore will not dissipate heat as well either. Why doesnt Mercedes build a vehicle that will last a long time anymore? Because they need to sell you another one in the near future.
Are you suggesting to change the oil every 10 (TEN) miles?
MB still builds long lasting cars. My 1997 E300d has 240,000 on odometer and although was neglected by former owner, few orings and couple of sensors made it running like a clock. I would agree that plastic moldings will not outlast the cast from 1980's, but than those 1980's models cost equivalent of California average house.
Today average California house cost over $ 1/2 mil.
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I agree.

I also think rotating tires is mostly about dealers' pension plans. No proof that its cheaper overall than if you replace the driven pair a bit earlier and the other pair last a bit laterr. But definitely, you get the pleasure of buying 4 at once.

Manufacturers also like rotation - they don't want you driving a front wheel driver's tires to death and claiming under the mileage warranty.
This is off topic but I did not start it. Your comment about manufacturers suggesting tire rotation while it is not needed is conflicting with the oil change discussion. Here car owners want to change the oil more often than the official MB approved service interval.

Also your comment about tire rotation sounds more like coming from the US sided of the border, money, money, money... The point with tire rotation is that this is a safety issue, specifically for rear wheel driven cars (that typically have more wear at the rear). You should always have better or at least close to equal tires at the rear compared to the front. The opposite would be dangerous at rainy weather. This has been discussed multiple times, the explanations can be found from earlier posts.
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I've made it a point to change my oil every 6 months or 10,000 miles. Which ever comes first. Though i must admit I don't even put 10k on it inside a year.

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Do you guys DIY, take it to a shop, or wait till your service A and take it to the dealership?
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Do you guys DIY, take it to a shop, or wait till your service A and take it to the dealership?
I DIY the oil changes. Of all our cars and every car I've observed having its oil change done, MBs are the easiest to do.

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My FSS is 10K, but since I don't put many miles on the car I do an oil change in between at 5k intervals. I don't think I have to, but I feel better at least changing the oil every 7-9 months... What is it they say about an ounce of prevention?

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5k intervals for all my Benz's. Chicago climate just varies too much.

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