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Has anyone created or seen a video on how to change the oil? Our local dealership refuses to service our Metris and the nearest dealership that will service it is 1 1/2 hours away. That's a three hour drive plus time in the shop. Too much time away from work.
 

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Maybe Robbmeex could help us out on this :) My local Merc dealer won't touch it, but my VW dealer is happy to help! Just had service A done, but still want to change oil every 7,500.
 

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......... I like helping but c'mon folks. Drain from bottom or suck out from the top. Oil filter is out front under the airbox. 27mm socket. Just drive it to Atlanta. I'll do it. If you have anything more specific than that I can help, but oil changes are pretty straight forward.
 

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Rob, Is there any panel that needs to be removed to access drain plug or is it clearly visible when I get under it?
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I'm pretty sure the drain plug is obscured by the underbody aero cladding. But the dealers suck it out through the dipstick IIRC.

The cladding is easy to remove though. My wife did it in about thirty minutes. In the pouring rain. Without jacking the car.
 

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I love how an MB dealer can refuse to do service on the Metris with an ounce of integrity left.
 

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I don't know about in Canada, but in the US there are Mercedes car dealers and Mercedes van dealers. Most van dealers do cohabitate with a car dealer (but not all) but only, iirc, about 2/3rds of car dealers have a van dealer.

The car-only dealers are not authorized to sell, service, or repair vans. Also remember that in the US, with a few controversial exceptions (e.g. Tesla) not only are car dealers not owned by the manufacturer, but it is illegal for them to be so. It is also illegal for them to set prices for the sale, service, and repair of said cars and their parts. That's why it's called MSRP or "Manufacturers *Suggested* Retail Price".

Most of the car only dealers don't sell vans by choice. In their opinion Mercedes should not be selling commercial vehicles in the US, and certainly not at a vaguely competitive price. They would, in fact, prefer the whole venture failed- or at least got rebadged as freightliners permanently.

So a car only dealer refusing to service it isn't surprising.
 

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Whomever sells it, should be servicing it. But yeah, if they are separate entities there, then it makes sense on a logistical level.
 

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Also remember that in the US, with a few controversial exceptions (e.g. Tesla) not only are car dealers not owned by the manufacturer, but it is illegal for them to be so. It is also illegal for them to set prices for the sale, service, and repair of said cars and their parts. That's why it's called MSRP or "Manufacturers *Suggested* Retail Price".
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Speaking of oil changes, are folks following recommended interval of every 12 mo/15,000 miles?
I have 7k Miles on my Metris (LOVE it!) and am just a little nervous about going so long between intervals.
Years ago, I leased a new BMW 323 which had recommended oil change intervals of 10k (party of their mission to lower cost of ownership) and when I was set to purchase it off lease a BMW mechanic acted like I had done wrong by not changing oil more frequent intervals!
 

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One of the biggest idiots on cars I ever met was an instructor at a college where I was taking a course on automotive maintenance.

He had some pretty crazy notions, like the cost cutting being done by installing disc brakes on cars because cars didn't need something as powerful as a drum. Or that it was not possible to have a feature that would tell you that a light bulb was out on your car.

(All you need is a simple resistance meter- resistance goes down, a bulb is out, cake, and MB has provided such a feature for decades- so do a lot of other manufacturers)

There is no reason to change oil more frequently than reccomended. I mean do it if you want, so long as you don't make the common error of thinking that changing the oil is a replacement for a thorough service at the prescribed intervals. You won't actually help the car at all by doing it, but if it makes you feel better... placebos are not a bad thing.
 

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8 qts. seems like a lot of oil for a four banger. Is that how MB is getting the extended intervals as in, "more volume of oil, the longer it takes for it to become contaminated"?
 

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Pretty much. Lots of mechanics were astonished to learn its 25000km service interval, but they showed more understanding once I told them it takes that much oil.

8 qts. seems like a lot of oil for a four banger. Is that how MB is getting the extended intervals as in, "more volume of oil, the longer it takes for it to become contaminated"?
 

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If you plan on keeping it for a long time, I would personally just do it at the halfway point, so every 12,500 kms (my B200 is slated for 20,000 kms, but I do it around every 8,000 kms). Fresher oil is better for a clean engine and turbo. Plus it depends on your style of driving or whether or not you are leasing or planning to dump it at the end of warranty.
 

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8 quarts is about standard for a direct injection turbo of 2-liters. Don't think of it as a 2-liter four, think of it as an engine with 208hp, and 258lb-ft- like a mid-80s Mustang 5.0 HO. Except with a lot more low-end torque.

Modern fully synthetic oils and proper filters don't contaminate easily, and literally never wear out (break down).

Actually, my Cat 3126 was a 7.2 I-6, it had 4 gallons (16 quarts) (CAT sells its oil by the gallon) and a 30,000 mile change interval.

That, by the way, had 207 hp and 475 lb-ft.
 

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Yeah. Mine is 5L capacity and I have 167000+ kms. No burning or leaking oil.
 

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Years ago, I had an L508d chassis with an Olsen/Grumman aluminum step van body. If I remember correctly, it held 16 quarts. I used to send the oil in for analysis and it would come back OK but I changed it once a year anyway.
 

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Yes, don't understand the whole early oil change. It's a waste, unless you are towing very heavy loads regularly or you regularly drive only 5 miles. My 2005 BMW 530 has 15,000 oil changes and at 217000 miles it runs perfect and just changed a valve cover gasket and the valve train looks clean as a pin!
 

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Well alrighty then...this is the exact information I was looking for. I will follow the prescribed oil change intervals and trust in Mercedes.
Thanks for the input, y'all.
 
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