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Service do I or don't I?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Auto Addict, May 12, 2018.

  1. Auto Addict

    Auto Addict Senior Member

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    My car, C Class Blue Efficiency is just over 5 years old.

    It is due for a service, but I have only done about 5K since the last service.

    Do I change the oil and filter myself, or pay a fortune for a service that at the end of the day will probably only be an oil and filter change?

    I know if I DIY it, it won't be recorded on Star, but in the scheme of things, will that really matter?

    Undecided.
     
  2. vtaylor78

    vtaylor78 Senior Member

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    I’m in a similar situation, and do very few miles.
    I would go option one the DIY route, as you say that’s probably all the dealer would do anyway, the rest of the stuff would just be checks , which again is easy to do.
     
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    sl500amgsport Senior Member

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    I would say it all boils down to how important is resale value to you, fmbsh is vital on newer cars if you are looking to PX at a dealership, if you are planning on keeping the car another 3+ years then less so....

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    You're getting too old for crawling under cars ..... ;)
     
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    daibevan Senior Member

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    +1

    Also I would never let a car go too long without an oil change. Whatever you do change the oil now and every 12 months thereafter.
     
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    I change the oil twice a year, i.e. every 2500 miles or so.

    Overkill? No, I like to keep the engine clean.
     
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    Excellent. I do it twice a year as well.
     
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  8. Yugguy

    Yugguy Senior Member

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    I get oil changed every 6 months/4.5k.

    I do one myself and one at the annual service/mot.

    I think for a car as young as yours I'd want to see some kind of stamp/electronic record. What about finding a good indy that can do the servive cheaper and update the digital book?
     
  9. John Laidlaw

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    As said above, yours is a relatively new car and any prospective buyer in the future would wonder what else had been ignored if there’s not a service history - I certainly would.
    and + 1 find an independant Mercedes service guy who will do it for much less and update your online service history. Worth it for the sake of a couple of hundred quid IMO
     
  10. Frontstep

    Frontstep Senior Member

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    Changing the oil too often does not improve anything particularly synthetic, it has been researched endlessly and covered on here at length.

    FMBSH still makes a difference in selling and can be the difference between selling and not, even though it is as we all know not proof of the quality of work carried out.
     
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    If you have it done by the dealer it also preserves your Mobilo.
     
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    Damn , I'm going to have to up mine to 3 now :rolleyes:
     
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    Know the feeling!

    I really pick and choose the jobs I do these days.

    Just wish my boys were as interested in working on the cars as I am, at times.
     
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    I’m basically not doing any crawling around under cars anymore unless it’s really necessary. Happy to let others graze knuckles, split nails, etc etc...;)
     
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    Don't have to crawl under the car to change the oil, I've got an oil extractor.
     
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    I am in exactly the same position, 4,500 miles since the last service. Shop around, I got mine serviced using genuine MB parts for £239.00 all in. I think at 6 years old, which mine now is an MB service history is less important and I don't intend selling it in the near future either. It has only done 25,300 miles in its life so there is no need to. :)
     
  17. Wighty

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    Yes , I think it all comes down to how long you intend to keep it , bearing in mind at 8-10 years it's probably worth chump change if you trade it in .
    Both mine are now 9 years old and worth a few grand each , so I'm comfortable doing my own servicing , and I'll use an Indy if I get stuck . I started servicing myself about 3 years ago , with the knowledge that I intended to keep them for a few years more .
    I would be interested to know what the trade in price difference would be for a full service 10 year old car vs the same car with patchy service history .
    I keep all the receipts anyway ,and the car gets more regular filter and oil changes than MB would do , so chances are someone I know would buy my cars knowing their history ?
     
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    I keep my cars donkeys years usually. My W202 C280 v6 has been with me for 10 years and came with full history. I took the view back then that by the time I come to sell it wouldn't matter too much about documented FSH. I therefore do the jobs I want to and those that I don't (or can't) are done by my Indy. Anyone who examines my car will see it is well cared for and I feel I have saved rather a lot of money over 10 years - enough to cover the difference in selling costs I think. I've noticed 202 values are now rising for good ones but I still feel I've made the right decision for me. I did think after 10 years it would be worth just a few hundred but just take a look at some of the classic sites.
    The op will have to make the right decision for him/ herself based on his / her thoughts after considering what's said in this thread.
     
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    When I swapped in my 2009 W204 for my current one they didn't even ask me about service history, and the service history whilst I had the car was just receipts !! :rolleyes:
     
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    ^ +1

    I think at 5 years old you've already passed a point where stamps in the book are not as important as the overall condition and MB stealers are not particularly generous on PX anyway. A cousin in law recently bought an E350 which he found by chance and it's absolutley immaculate - the owner said "I've been thinking I should sell it really..." He did his own oil changes while he covered about 3000 miles in 5 years! Who cares about rubber stamps.... it even still had cellophane over the headrests - if I'd seen it first I would most definitely have bought it - in fact I'd have snatched his hand off!

    In the meantime, just enjoy your car, Auto Addict !
     
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