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Old 03-12-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Do I need an oil change?

My Active Service System is telling me I need an oil change in 15 days. According to the manual my first oil change should be at 15,000 miles, I have 7200 miles on the vehicle. What to do?
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:53 PM   #2
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How long have you owned the rig. There is a time limit to how long you can go before oil too, not just mileage.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:18 PM   #3
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Purchased December 2014, I think you are correct. Thanks.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:19 PM   #4
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Mercedes says oil expires after 1 year
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:55 PM   #5
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:07 PM   #6
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I change my oil every 6 months as a minimum +oil filter.
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I change my oil every 6 months as a minimum +oil filter.
With the Mobil 1 blend M-B spec's there is no need to change the oil that often...and you'd go broke doing it! But I'm not going the 20,000 miles or annually M-B now recommends either. 20K miles is just a tad over my comfort zone even if the oil will handle it. The Sprinter service manager at my local M-B dealership suggested annually or around every 10K miles.

Now when does the One Year timer begin on a new MBS? The chassis may have been sitting out in a field at the FR plant waiting to be converted for a couple of months. Plus it may have sat on the dealers lot for a couple more months. For those reasons the on board computer could indicate the need for an oil change, based on time, a lot sooner than the new owner might think it is necessary.
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Now when does the One Year timer begin on a new MBS?
I have a 2015 Solera built on a 2014 MBS chassis. I've only driven it about 8,000 miles and haven't seen any sign of the oil change can on my dash. So I got to wondering about it... I called Mercedes and the rep I spoke with said, more or less, "Don't worry about it."

I'm planning a longer trip starting later this Spring and, despite direct assurances from Mercedes, I do expect to do an oil change before I head out.

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Old 03-13-2016, 01:23 PM   #9
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My 2014 Chassis, 2015 MBS (Delivery April 2015) had about 7,200 miles before the winter break. I changed the oil then. I will not put an engine to bed with all the built up "crud" to work at the insides of the engine. IMHO 15,000 change it. The manual, the shops don't own your rig, you do, and so it depends on how long you plan to own... but trying to get warranty for some oil related issue is more frustration than I care to go through. Like others I'm working on a list of small stuff that's taking many months. Yes, I've read many arguments to and not to change early, I'm going to continue the early route. BTW if I run 10,000 miles this season, I'll go that far before putting it to be fall 2016....
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:36 PM   #10
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Oil change

After reading a lot about the $ 20,000 replacement cost (approx.) I change my oil twice a year. Further from what I have been advised the new improved clean bio-diesel is the worst thing out there for our little diesels. Why do you thikMercedes used to say they would void the warranty if you use anything higher than B5. Diesel . Now B20 is the norm in most of that country.
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