OK...I have a CPO 2004 Mercedes S600 warrantied through 100,000 miles or August 2011.
I currently have about 70,000 miles on the car and am 600 miles beyond the indicated "Service B" which was quoted for $399.
I have talked with two different service advisors at two different Mercedes Benz Dealerships and they both highly recommend the "Service B" for $399 plus replacing air and fuel filters for additional $445, tramsmission service for an additional $390, and replacing the spark plugs for additional $1,141 for a total cost of just under $2,000.
Is this all necessary at this point? Given the car is still under CPO warranty should I still have it serviced at dealer where I purchased the vehicle?
Thanks for any advice!
I have an S55, and it's pretty much the same maintenance save one thing: The S600 have recommended Spark Plug changes at 60k, while the other engines have 100k. My S55 had 120k before I changed the plugs..had no problems, but decided it was time to change them.
First, Air and Fuel Filters: That's a very high price. You can still maintain your warranty if you use an independent shop with OEM real Mercedes parts. The engine air filter I bought from Mercedes (Around $50) and put them in myself, extremely simple and easy to do. The Fuel Filter I had changed for $189 parts and labor at Mercedes. So that's pretty much half the price of what they quoted you, for the same parts.
My Fuel filter was first changed at 120k miles. Was still really good, since only 93 gas was used and not dirt got in, or at least not much.
Spark Plugs, you will also save big by going to an independent, a few hundred bucks sort of big. Same OEM parts, only indy labor rates are cheaper and they charge less book hours usually, while Mercedes tries to get the most out of the book hours/ labor rates.
The B Service...well, the oil change is important. Some of the checks are also crucial, but they often can be done for free if you ask at the Mercedes dealer when you are doing other work. Checking the horn is easy, stuff like that is not that big - but checking under the car, the drivetrain, suspension, is very important - to notice a problem or leaks before they get worse.