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Old 04-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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It's about time

Finally took the cover off of the Solera today. Had a few things to fix from the winter, but just minor problems with quick fix's. Plan to change the oil tomorrow and will probably de-winterize it next week. As stated in the title (It's about time).
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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Got the oil changed today very easy task oil pan is right up front and the filter is pretty easy to get to also. You do need a filter wrench to get the cap off of the filter chamber. Also remembered to reset the maintenance program on the dash, again very easy to do yourself.
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I've got an appointment to take ours to the Sprinter dealer on Wednesday for our 10,000 mile maintenance. That will be our first oil change. And I admire you, doing it yourself. About the most I can do is add the DEF myself! Wish I was a bit more mechanically inclined.
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Thank you Deb, My dad got me a job in a filling station after I got out of H.S. which helped me a lot on working with vehicles.
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I've got an appointment to take ours to the Sprinter dealer on Wednesday for our 10,000 mile maintenance. That will be our first oil change. And I admire you, doing it yourself. About the most I can do is add the DEF myself! Wish I was a bit more mechanically inclined.
Deb: If you are taking it to a dealer, I'd suggest you purchase the oil and filter elsewhere; then they charge you only for the labor. You'll probably save a ton of money vs. what the dealer will charge yo for the oil/filter. Be sure you get the M-spec oil.
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just a fyi some shops charge a higher hourly rate if you bring your own parts.
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just a fyi some shops charge a higher hourly rate if you bring your own parts.
You're probably right about that. I always provide oil for my personal vehicles (Mobil1). For instance, my Jeep dealer charges $9.00 for the change if I provide the parts - I think it's like $68.00 if he provides the parts. I watch Advance Auto ads and buy the oil & filter on specials - usally for around $40 for both.

Just depends on the dealer, and MB dealers may be less likely to offer deals! Worth a call first and ask what they charge if owner provides parts!
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By the way. Amazon has a special running right now on the Mobil 1 ESP M-spec oil. There's a $12.00 rebate for an order of 5 quarts, $24.00 for 10 quarts. I just ordered 2 cases of 6 quarts each - works out to $34.40/case or $5.75/quart. The rebate is $15 if you order a mobil 1 Filter, but I prefer to use the OEM spec filter.

If you're buying oil for the MB Diesel, this is the ONLY Mobil1 that meets he MB specification. Heck of a deal! Includes free shipping! Download the rebate form from the Amazon page.
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By the way. Amazon has a special running right now on the Mobil 1 ESP M-spec oil. There's a $12.00 rebate for an order of 5 quarts, $24.00 for 10 quarts. I just ordered 2 cases of 6 quarts each - works out to $34.40/case or $5.75/quart. The rebate is $15 if you order a mobil 1 Filter, but I prefer to use the OEM spec filter.

If you're buying oil for the MB Diesel, this is the ONLY Mobil1 that meets he MB specification. Heck of a deal! Includes free shipping! Download the rebate form from the Amazon page.
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