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Old 03-22-2016, 06:04 AM   #1
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MBS service costs

Just wanted to get an idea of what people pay for their Service A and Service B

Just did my service A- was $315 (included oil and filter and shop supplies)

Quote for Service B (3 hrs including oil and filter) not including fuel filter, tranny oil or anything else $480. O yea that integrated fuel filter is $160

I bet these is variation across north america.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:08 AM   #2
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Oil change in quite simple on the Sprinter. Good filter and spec oil on sale, will run you about $85 bucks and should take you about 45 minutes. Things to consider, Sprinter should be on level ground, either measure the quantity of oil removed, or add back 11+ qts, let settle for a bit and slowly add in the remaining oil till reading correct on dip stick.

Fuel filter is a little more involved but definately doable by your avg skilled backyard mechanic. You will need to buy a special clamp remover to detach the fuel lines. Suggest you read up on that procedure on the Sprinter forum. Good source of information. Just sayin'
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Oil change in quite simple on the Sprinter. Good filter and spec oil on sale, will run you about $85 bucks and should take you about 45 minutes. Things to consider, Sprinter should be on level ground, either measure the quantity of oil removed, or add back 11+ qts, let settle for a bit and slowly add in the remaining oil till reading correct on dip stick.

Fuel filter is a little more involved but definately doable by your avg skilled backyard mechanic. You will need to buy a special clamp remover to detach the fuel lines. Suggest you read up on that procedure on the Sprinter forum. Good source of information. Just sayin'
I don't think my oil catch basin will hold 11 qts. Might have to upgrade to avoid an overflow on the driveway! Sad to hear the fuel filter is tricky. I'll have to search the Sprinter forum to see what that involves. My 2014 Grand Cherokee has the 3 liter diesel, and the dual fuel filters are a cinch to replace. They should all be designed that way.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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Oil Change only (no fuel filter) $303.56 at my local Mercedes & Sprinter dealership.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:19 AM   #5
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I don't think my oil catch basin will hold 11 qts. Might have to upgrade to avoid an overflow on the driveway! Sad to hear the fuel filter is tricky. I'll have to search the Sprinter forum to see what that involves. My 2014 Grand Cherokee has the 3 liter diesel, and the dual fuel filters are a cinch to replace. They should all be designed that way.
Agreed.. and you should be able to easily drain off water.

I see you have the Diesel Genny- I have the LP how do you like it and any regrets?
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:34 AM   #6
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Not terrible, other than the clamps!

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I don't think my oil catch basin will hold 11 qts. Might have to upgrade to avoid an overflow on the driveway! Sad to hear the fuel filter is tricky. I'll have to search the Sprinter forum to see what that involves. My 2014 Grand Cherokee has the 3 liter diesel, and the dual fuel filters are a cinch to replace. They should all be designed that way.
The fuel filter sits in the valley of the engine. It requires removal of the air filter assembly and associated hoses all the way back to the turbocharger. The clamps used on the fuel hoses to the filter are supposedly reusable "clic" type and even though I bought the specific pliers for removal/installation - I ended up destroying the clamps and had to replace. The clic piers worked fine for installation. Some people remove the clic clamps and then purchase worm gear screw type clamps to replace them.

The clic pliers are not cheap ($50-120) depending on the model you buy, the filter is expensive (around $100), but now that I have done this once - I would definitely do it again. I do have an MB mechanic in my neighborhood that provided some advice when I struggled with the turbo hose removal.

I would say this job requires average to above average DIY skill to complete properly. I agree with your comment that this job should not be as involved as it is.
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Here you go, clamps (various prices) and tool $25 bucks which is decent quality . Clic Clamps | eBay Also, check your local Freightliner dealer (vin# in hand) for the fuel filter, much cheaper and it is a MB filter. Just sayin'

Also, never tried this but; the fuel filter has a bleeder circuit, you will see the discharge tube running off to the left side facing the motor from the filter. I would assume that if the WIF (water in filter) dash light illuminates, you can try and go through a purge sequence by dumping the fuel in the filter using the bleeder circuit. In any event, you should bleed the air out of the new filter, using this circuit, after swap out.
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I don't think my oil catch basin will hold 11 qts. Might have to upgrade to avoid an overflow on the driveway! Sad to hear the fuel filter is tricky. I'll have to search the Sprinter forum to see what that involves. My 2014 Grand Cherokee has the 3 liter diesel, and the dual fuel filters are a cinch to replace. They should all be designed that way.
You could invest in a suction oil extractor to remove a good bit of the old oil through the dipstick tube, then drain the rest into your drain pan in the normal way--if your pan isn't big enough to hold 11 qts. Good luck!
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Oil Change only (no fuel filter) $303.56 at my local Mercedes & Sprinter dealership.
in Boise, ID my bill last June was: $308.45

but that included a lot of free inspection (so it says) plus:
AXLE U BOLTS ADJUSTED AND RETORQUED, RECOMMENDED ONCE IN LIFETIME OF VEHICLE BY MANUFACTURER $58.50

they made no comment about the Hellwig And Sumo I had installed elsewhere in March
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[QUOTE=ericlakin;1138279]I don't think my oil catch basin will hold 11 qts. Might have to upgrade to avoid an overflow on the driveway! Sad to hear the fuel filter is tricky. I'll have to search the Sprinter forum to see what that involves. My 2014 Grand Cherokee has the 3 liter diesel, and the dual fuel filters are a cinch to replace. They should all be designed that way.[/QUOTE

Yes, the oil filter can be tricky & I wouldn't recommend an aftermarket filter either. I found out the hard way when a RV service dealer, not MBZ dealer, offered to do my first service. The tech ( they said it was their BEST tech), put an aftermarket filter in wrong. It ended up blowing all the oil all over my engine, the undercarriage, all four sides and the starter. Eight hrs. waiting on the side of hwy. For a big tow truck to tow me 160 mi. to the closest Mercedes dealer. Then being told my engine was shot (one year new Solera.) I had to wait for a new engine to come from Germany. I lost out on my long planned vacation. It cost the RV dealership over $20,000.00 for their bad oil change.
Just Sayin'-Please be careful when changing your oil! I will only use a MBZ dealer from now on.
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