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I have a MB R 350, 2006 model. I purchased this used last year. Its has now 34k miles on it and a Maintenance light keeps popping up saying: F Services in 3 days time.

What should i do? Can this be done at say a MIDAS or PEP BOYS? or should i go to a MB service center?

Would appreciate any inputs. Thanks
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I think that this is a no-brainer.... especially as you have bought yourself an up-market ride.

Pep Boys do not even stock the oil you must use for your R350. What does your Owners Handbook tell you about your service intervals?
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Take it to someone knowledgable

I believe that you need to take your R350 to someone who sees this cars all the time and is intimately familiar with them. Someone who knows the potential trouble areas and can spot something wrong before it turns into something big. Someone who is so familiar with them that he can say, 'That's not right' to something the Pep Boys mechanic would not even notice.

It is doubtful that PepBoys has the ability to reset the maintenance indicators properly.

It doesn't have to be a dealer, just someone who has significant experience with your model.

I'm not picking on your R350 either. our cars are not something that your average mechanic sees often enough.

May I suggest that you ask around among other MB owners and locate an independent MB mechanic that is trusted by several of them. Then take your car there and develop a relationship with them. That's what I have done and it has paid dividends.

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Can this be done at say a MIDAS or PEP BOYS?
Oh man...neither one of these places would touch my bicycle...let alone an automobile I owned.
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Oh man...neither one of these places would touch my bicycle.
Made me laugh!

Dealership or an independant mercedes shop. Where are you located? You can check the recommended shops forum for a place to take it to.

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Since you need to ask, you need to establish a good relationship with a MB mechanic of your trust. Not a Service Writer!!!

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This in majority is a forum for DIY, so I am surprised that most of replies is pushing the OP to the stealer.
If you are not familiar with oil change and car inspections, this is your chance. With top mounted filter and engine design for oil vacuuming you can't imagine easier car to work on.
Now if you are not technically advanced, you still might want to take the car to professional for doing other required inspections but that will be another story.
The time frame on FSS is not something I consider important. Our 99 model doesn't have calendar in the system and we did the service on 18 months intervals for years.
What is the mileage part of FSS showing?
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You own a MB

Daimler & Benz simultaneously just rolled over in there grave when you thought of taking your ride to midas/pepboys for service

Although they do sell the proper oil in Pepboys only

Still non the less please drive off a cliff before you bring it there for anything in the service bays
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Oh my goodness. I can't believe you're even thinking about taking a Mercedes to Pep Boys or Midas. I wouldn't let them touch a 1984 Tercel. You need to go to go somewhere like a dealer or indy (though I much prefer the dealer). People don't seem to realize, that places like Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube, etc. are the ones who will rip you off and NOT perform the services they upsell or not perform them the right way. The dealership does not make it business to rip customers off, and the ones that do aren't around for long. People just don't seem to understand that. All the news stings of car repair places never go to the dealer they always go to Jiffy Lube.
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So there you have it.

Kajtek is right about the DIY possibilities if you're reasonably handy AND you take the time to learn how to do the work and what the required fluids and replacement bits are.

You absolutely cannot buy a quart of Pennzoil 10W-30 at your local Circle K and stick it in the crankcase. You can't buy Wal-Mart $1.99 a gallon coolant and put in the radiator. You can't buy much at any chain parts store that will work on a Mercedes--don't even THINK about universal replacement parts (like fuel filters and the other crap that "fits all cars.") There are a number of vendors that support this site who sell OEM and OEM-equivalent parts at a substantial discount off dealer prices if you want to DIY things other than routine maintenance.

The other universal advice you have is NEVER, NEVER take your car to a bulk oil change place like Jiffy Lube or to a chain repair place like Midas because they are not equipped to handle the very specific repair requirements of Mercedes. They lack the STAR diagnostic software as well as the experience and expertise to successfully repair the car. The scary thing is that doesn't seem to matter, so they will TRY to repair your car. Then you're really screwed because it will cost a multiple of the original repair cost to undo all the mess they'll make of your car.

There are good independent shops who charge lower labor rates than the dealership if you don't want to do any work yourself. Ask particularly if they are familiar with and have a substantial work history on Mercedes. A BMW shop that does a little Benz work on the side is not the same as a shop that does a lot of Benz work all the time.

You bought a high-end car. It is exceptionally complex. The price of the pleasure of driving it is the necessity that you treat it well. Otherwise, it will be a nightmarish ownership experience. This ain't your mother's Chevy.

Enjoy your ride!

"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck
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