BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560SL; 2014 E350; 1960 190SL-sold; 1996 280C-sold
Location: Mid Hudson Valley, NY
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When I first started driving over 50 years ago, the rule of thumb on oil changes was every 3 months or 3,000 miles, and I stuck with that approach for a long time. Nowadays, however, things have changed considerably, and many manufactures, including M-B have the kind of "maintenance minder" that 260e cruiser mentions.
Although M-B's policy is currently 1 year or 10,000 miles, often these manufacturer reminders allow more than 10,000 miles between changes which I believe is too many miles, even with synthetics like Mobil 1. My philosophy about this is that oil is the life-blood of the engine, and my approach is to compromise by changing the oil every 5,000 miles or every year.
Since retiring, the wife and I only drive each of our cars an average of 5,000 so it basically amounts to changing yearly, but the 5,000 mile interval was more frequent at one time.
Even the 107, which is only driven about 1,200-1,500 miles a year still gets a yearly oil change. The car is now 26 years old, has only 28,000+ miles, and the oil has been changed yearly. In my view, a year is long enough to leave any oil in the car. BTW, to me there's no point in changing the oil and leaving in a used, dirty filter!
Why be penny wise and pound foolish? If your looking to save money, find another way! JMHO
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"!