First oil change, ouch

coss370

Member
I was going to pay for the first oil change on my diesel before the 20K miles free service. I was quoted $840 from the dealer. I guess I am not doing it...
 

sprint2freedom

2008 NCV3 170ext
Take it somewhere (a friend's house?), drain the oil one time and install a fumoto drain valve. After that you can do oil changes anywhere with no mess.. even a store parking lot.
 

quillaja

2004 2500 140WB high roof
I love the fumoto valve on my T1N. I keep my empty jugs from the previous change and, using a few inches of vinyl tube, can drain the oil directly into the jugs.
 

Larry M

Member
I change our oil for ~$85. I buy an oil change container container from any automotive store along with the oil. Order your filters from Million Mile Sprinter. Buy a 84mm by 14 oil filter cap wrench. Use a level parking lot and drain the oil into the oil container, remove the filter. Install the new filter, reinsert the drain plug and add oil. Take the old oil back to the store where you bought it and they will recycle it. Give them the oil change container. Nothing for you to store other than the oil filter cap wrench. 30 minutes tops.


 

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Philip53

2021 2500 Sprinter 170RWD, 4 cyl gas (on order)
I was going to pay for the first oil change on my diesel before the 20K miles free service. I was quoted $840 from the dealer. I guess I am not doing it...
Something has to be wrong with that. They must have included other work for that price. Call the service manager & get this clarified. I know MB service is on the outrageous side, but this is clearly over the top. Miscommunication somewhere here.
 

CJPJ

2008 3500 170"ext. 3.0 V6 OM642.993
Don't install a valve on the engine's oil pan.
 

lindenengineering

Well-known member
:doh: Do it yourself. The Sprinter is the easiest vehicle I've ever changed the oil on...
OR simply phone around to another dealer or specialist shop..
Really, Its a bit like wanting to buy a short order "eat", like hamburger & fries (Yuk, not my preferred "eat" enough to make me vomit, but many do!)
Same ingredients more or less and cook time the same.
Price at McDonald's $8,50 with menu pricing, big gulp with that ?
Down the road at The Marriot or Trump Tower its $30,00 for the same and the "big gulp" is included with the bill..

Only difference is the surroundings and the flowery reception.
And an odd occasional extra bene like an individual alka seltzer for the indigestion on paying $800 odd plus tax for an oil change. (if that was all it was quoted for!). o_O
At your service Sir!
Dennis
 
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quillaja

2004 2500 140WB high roof
Which Fumoto did you put on there?
I think F106N. The long "nipple" to fit the tubing over. I also bought a F106SX later to replace that, so I could get the positioning better, but never got around to installing it. This is on 2004 T1N, so better check fitment for newer models.

Had one on my Kawasaki Ninja too. =)
 
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quillaja

2004 2500 140WB high roof
Would love to confirm the Fumoto valve for the VS30 V6 diesel...
Unfortunately Fumoto doesn't have the newer models in their "vehicle finder" search thing, but if you know the size and thread pitch of the drain bolt, you can just browse their stock to find a compatible valve. I don't know anything about the VS30s, but I'd kinda be surprised if the drain bolt wasn't the same M14-1.5 as the T1N.
 

sanomechanic

Well-known member
I was going to pay for the first oil change on my diesel before the 20K miles free service. I was quoted $840 from the dealer. I guess I am not doing it...
They are gouging you. Tell them you ONLY want oil and filter changed. Nothing else. They are trying to sell you a service that involves a whole lotta nothing.
 

sailquik

Well-known member
coss370,
I agree with the others, $840 is way high, but, if you choose to DIY you don't get the
full safety inspection, you won't get your rear axle U bolts re-torqued.
These are 2 significantly important service items that usually only occur at the first "A"
service.
Where are you located, and where is the nearest Authorized Mercedes Benz Sprinter
dealer with the upgraded Sprinter specific Commercial shop.
The dealers who have upgraded to the Sprinter specific high bay door commercial shop have the
heavier duty racks, the heavier duty tire balancing and alignment machines and a complete
set of Sprinter specific tools.
They also normally charge a reduced rate for Sprinter work vs luxury sedan/SUV/sports car
work where they do a lot of detail work and a complete car wash + interior cleaning.
As suggested, talk to the Sprinter service advisor and find out what they plan to do for the
$840.
If you are at 20k miles, there may be some other service items that need to be addressed
since you are going out to the full allowable mileage Oil Change Interval (OCI).
Usually, if you go back to where you bought the Sprinter, and if that is an authorized MB
Sprinter dealer with the upgraded Sprinter specific high bay/heavier duty shop facilities
then they will perform the first "A" service for the price of the oil and filter, so ~$200-$250.
Also check your Sprinter Manuals and see what the first "A" service inspections and
other requirements are, then bounce that against what the service advisor tells you.
Roger
 

Christian-

Active member
OR simply phone around to another dealer or specialist shop..
Really, Its a bit like wanting to buy a short order "eat", like hamburger & fries (Yuk, not my preferred "eat" enough to make me vomit, but many do!)
Same ingredients more or less and cook time the same.
Price at McDonald's $8,50 with menu pricing, big gulp with that ?
Down the road at The Marriot or Trump Tower its $30,00 for the same and the "big gulp" is included with the bill..

Only difference is the surroundings and the flowery reception.
And an odd occasional extra bene like a an individual alka seltzer for the indigestion on paying $800 odd plus tax for an oil change. (if that was all it was quoted for!). o_O
At your service Sir!
Dennis
This is a good analogy but against what you're saying, not for it.

The ingredients in a $8 McDonalds burger are not the same as the ingredients in a nice $30 burger. I mean, sure, it's "meat" and "bread", but that's it. The quality of the components matters.

Just like using very awful $3 motor oil vs the nicer expensive Mercedes spec motor oil. You get a better product and it's going to be better in the long run for your vehicle.

Some shops over charge for the same exact service, yes. But some are a lot cheaper because their techs have no idea what they're doing.

It's a tough line sometimes but often with automobiles you get what you pay for.

Now, if you have a McDonalds a few cities away that has a burger for $5 and the one near you is $12 then you're getting ripped off. It's the exact same product. Maybe one McDonalds has a crew that makes a much better version of that product. So maybe it's worth the drive or the $1 price increase to make the trip. But if the product is otherwise the same then you're just paying more.
 

Aqua Puttana

Poly - Thread Finder
Oh boy! OIL!!!!

What Sailquik said.

An oil change is one discussion. Keep in mind that the properly executed Service A and Service B intervals include much more than a simple engine oil/filter change.

There are some good maintenance items included with Service A and B. They should not be glossed over.

vic
 

lindenengineering

Well-known member
Glad you stated it:-
"It's a tough line sometimes but often with automobiles you get what you pay for"!.

You know I often state the same on various topics, but many on this forum site are yet to be convinced !
Cheers Dennis
 

coss370

Member
I am not at 20K miles, the car only has 5K. I was going to do a precautionary change before going back to MBZ's full schedule. I am in SJ, hence the expensive price. I love how they have a big banner that says they offer financing for service work...

Since this is on a Motorhome, I will just drive to a cheaper state on a trip and change it somewhere else.
 

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