Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560SL; 2014 E350; 1960 190SL-sold; 1996 280C-sold
Location: Mid Hudson Valley, NY
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Although I know nothing about your car or your driving habits, as far as I know, there are no hard and fast rules about the general frequency of oil changes. I grew up with the old rule of every 3,000 miles or 3 months, but things have changed since those days. Many manufacturers these days have oil service warning lights that light up on the dash, and often times, you can follow the percentage used/left before the next change is due (according to the manufacturer). These days, it's often as much as 10-12,000 between changes, but that's too long for me.
In our daily drivers, I change the oil every 5,000 miles and, since we are both retired and only drive about 5,000 miles a year, it comes out to about once a year. With the 107 (560SL), however, I only drive it about 800-1,200 miles per year. Despite the low annual mileage, I still change it every year.
If you're driving the average 12-15,000 miles or more a year, I feel once a year is not often enough. However, if you're using something like Mobil 1, that could also have some bearing on the frequency.
As M-B and Mobil seem to have jumped into bed together, I understand that most M-B dealerships are using Mobil 1 for their oil changes. Even so, I wouldn't go over 10,000 miles, regardless of frequency, and I will still stick to my plan of every 5,000 or 1 year, whichever comes first.
When out on the road, it's always best to watch out for Pot holes, Sink holes, and those other Holes!
Robert AKA: EEEEZY
You can't get us confused. I'm also "Nice", but NYYYCE is NEVER "Easy"!