You don't need to take it to a dealer, but take it to a place that knows how
to change the oil and filter on a Mercedes. Find a good after-market repair
shop. I once took my '95 E320 to Jiffy Lube and they almost broke the oil
filter canister (which is quite different than the filters most quick-lube
places are accustomed to).
The 320 uses a canister with a special fitting to hold the oil filter. This
fitting requires knowledge of the assembly and a special tool to access.
I change the oil in my '95 at ~3750mile intervals. For the scheduled 7.5k
service I use a MB shop. For the odd interval I use a local Jiffy Lube-
located near an upper income/upscale area (I think this is key as this shop
would see more high end imports than a shop in a lower income area).
I spoke with the shop manager before I used them for the first time. I
wanted to make sure that they were not only familiar with the special
procedure, but had a supply of the required filters AND the special tools
Cost is ~1/2 of what MB tech charges. I have not had any problems with the
Jiffy Lube I use.
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