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hi all i was just curious as i am gonna start doing my own oil changes, what oil do you guys use and oil filter, i know that they put synthetic at the dealership, i was thinking maybe mobil 1 and oil ilter also. I saw in the manual that the ml320 takes 8.5 quarts, i was shocked thats a lot!!
Any tips you can provide will be helpful.

thanx all.
 

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Always use Mobil 1 0W-40 ... it's what is reccomended. And I always use the Mercedes Oil filter. It costs me about $60 total and usually saves me $45 every oil change since it costs $105 for my oil change at the dealership.
 

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You won't be saving much money over the cost of the recommended oil and filter. My dealer charges a reasonable $90 for an oil change, so I would save only about $30 and have a filthy mess afterwards.

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fowshow - 5/3/2005 7:29 AM

hi all i was just curious as i am gonna start doing my own oil changes, what oil do you guys use and oil filter, i know that they put synthetic at the dealership, i was thinking maybe mobil 1 and oil ilter also. I saw in the manual that the ml320 takes 8.5 quarts, i was shocked thats a lot!!
Any tips you can provide will be helpful.

thanx all.
 

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I have changed my own oil ever since I bought my ML430. I always change my own oil in all vehicles I own because a lady aquaintance of ours took her Buick LaSabre to a local oil joint and they didn't tighten her filter enough. 1 hour later and a blown engine was a lesson for her and me.

I use Mobil 1 just like MLOffRoad does but I chose 10W-30 on the advice of my mechanic. I change every 5000 miles and I use
Purolator Filter # L25276 ( I think the ML320 uses the same one).

I just don't think there is any better security than knowing you done it right yourself (my dealer is 55 miles away & it's just not convenient to use them). It is quite messy!
 

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Kinda Doing my own Oil Change!

I just take 2 jugs of Mobil 1 and the OEM MB filter to my local oil change place. They charge me $20, drain and dispose of the used oil properly (gotta recycle!) and check a ton of stuff while they have it over the service pit.

I get a somewhat independent assessment of oil seals, etc from the mechanics (since they would just send me to the dealer for repair anyway) plus they check and top off all the other misc fluids under the hood!

Plus I get the written check list of "to do's", and a nice coffee in their clean waiting room. I've changed oil for years on all sorts of cars and disposing of the used engine oil is a real problem - this way it's solved!
 

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FYI USA: Approved Engine Oils for the Latest Engines

http://www.whnet.com/4x4/oil.html [;)]
 

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The filter is a snap! Remove what looks like a "plastic" oil filter on top of the engine by unscrewing counter clockwise. Replace filter cartridge and "O" rings.

As for synthetic oil brand, royal purple or mobil are good (just avoid a synthetic "blend")
 

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cmitchprint - 5/3/2005 10:47 PM

I just don't think there is any better security than knowing you done it right yourself (my dealer is 55 miles away & it's just not convenient to use them). It is quite messy!
Yea, I actually enjoy changing the oil on my ML.
I use the suction pump device to extract oil through the dipstick hole.

The used oil collects in the suction reservoir and I drain it at the local Autozone recycling facility for free.
 

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roadsession - 5/4/2005 11:33 PM

cmitchprint - 5/3/2005 10:47 PM

I just don't think there is any better security than knowing you done it right yourself (my dealer is 55 miles away & it's just not convenient to use them). It is quite messy!
Yea, I actually enjoy changing the oil on my ML.
I use the suction pump device to extract oil through the dipstick hole.

The used oil collects in the suction reservoir and I drain it at the local Autozone recycling facility for free.
Do you have a link to the device you use .. it would help with keeping my garage clean. LOL
 

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MLOffroad - this is the pump you want to get. http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7300.html

this is the 8.8L model - works really well - they also have other models that are manually pump operated - this is the 8.8L model I use

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7201.html
 

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jangr320 - 5/5/2005 10:30 AM

MLOffroad - this is the pump you want to get. http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7300.html

this is the 8.8L model - works really well - they also have other models that are manually pump operated - this is the 8.8L model I use

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7201.html
So I can just pump the 7201 with my hand to create the suction effect ?? And the 7300 is activated by an air supply in shop ?? Thxs for the info !!
 

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How much money does this really save someone? I have been thinking about doing this too. But if it does not save me any money then why do it... Let me know what you guys think that have been doing it.
 

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jangr320 - 5/5/2005 7:30 AM

MLOffroad - this is the pump you want to get. http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7300.html

this is the 8.8L model - works really well - they also have other models that are manually pump operated - this is the 8.8L model I use

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/MIT-7201.html
I have that--the manual version. Works well.
 

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ttaleric - 5/5/2005 10:58 AM

How much money does this really save someone? I have been thinking about doing this too. But if it does not save me any money then why do it... Let me know what you guys think that have been doing it.
Saves me $45 each time I change the oil and it saves me the trip and wait at the dealership. So since I change my oil about once every three months you figure I save about $180 a year.
 

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ttaleric - 5/5/2005 11:13 AM

Awesome.. How hard is it?
Not hard at all ... very simple. Just drain the old oil, change the filter and replace it with the new oil and you're set.
 

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If you do decide to do the oil change please be aware that the oil drain plug (at least on my ML430) points sideways, not straight down. If you remove the threaded bolt and do not put a piece of cardboard/something in front of it, it WILL shoot a stream of hot oil all the way over to the inside of the right front wheel/tire and make a huge mess.
Don't ask me how I know that :(!
 

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So Let me get this straight, on the ml 320 2002 , do I have to suck the oil out of the engine, or is there a drain plug, like the one on the side?
I don't see a dipstick, how do you know when you have added enough oil? Where do you guys get the oil seals for the filter element plastic piece, dealership?
And i saw in the manual it said that these trucks take 8.5 quarts, is this true?

always used to changing oil thru drain plug and removable filter!! This benz is a first for me.
 

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This is such an easy procedure. If you like tinkering with cars and want to learn some basic maintenance this is a good place to start.

Pick up 9 quarts of Mobil 1 10W40, a replacement filter, a roll of shop towels and a few tools and you're ready to go. Oil removal via suction is definately the way to go, super easy, no mess and foolproof. While your under the hood check out other fluids, the harmonic balancer, belts and examine your air filter.

As complicated as todays modern engines are, the ML 6 and 8 cylinders are actually pretty easy to work on. You can do plugs and antifreeze change fairly easy. You will be way ahead of the game just by checking fluids and keeping an eye open for leaks and problems......
 

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Long oil change intervals...

OK - here's something to start contraversy.... long oil change intervals with synthetics. My MB SA tells me to stick to the FSS intervals, anything sooner is just a waste of resources and $$$...

There's a few sites on the web and the Porsche guys over on Rennlist.com have real world data from test labs to back up 12,000+ mile intervals.

Here's one to get started....
http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/stories/mobil1.html

One thing that does make sense is frequent oil top ups to replenish the additive packs (if you are burning a little oil) and frequent filter changes - and that is easy on the ML
 
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