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5 Reasons Mercedes-Benz Oil Changes are So Expensive

Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of luxury vehicles. Also, it’s a trustable brand for high-quality and high-performance cars. But, why do the Mercedes-Benz oil changes are so expensive? One single oil changing takes something between $200 and $300 while you can get that service for some other luxurious brands like Lexus at a fraction of the cost.

The Reasons Mercedes-Benz Oil Changes are Expensive

You can cut the expense by a great margin by doing the oil-changing in your garage. But, that is another story. This time, we will find out what could be the reasons for the service being overpriced.

1. The Quality of the Oil

All the vehicles manufactured in Germany use fuels that meet European (ACEA) specifications with the ratings of A3/B3 or A3/B4. These are synthetic-grade oils that cost more than the traditional motor oils. Mercedes vehicles go even one step further, requiring fuel that meets Mercedes 229.5 specifications. So, the high price of the fuel contributes to the high price tags of the Mercedes-Benz oil changes.

Mercedes-Benz oil changes
All Mercedes-Benz cars require high-quality fuels. Cre: nneirda/123RF

2. Higher Fuel Capacity

The fuel tanks of the most German cars are bigger than the ones manufactured in Japan, the United States, and other countries. As you need to purchase more oil to fill up the tank, the cost increases.

3. Different Oil Changing Method

You need to drain the oil out of the pan at the time of changing the oil in your car. But, a Mercedes car requires emptying the oil out of the engine. This technique demands expertise and expensive vacuum equipment, adding more to the total expenses.

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4. Extra Services

An oil changing does not mean that it’s just an oil change. The mechanic will check several car parts including fuel filter, oil filter, and cupe filter and change them if needed. These filters need to be checked and replaced at least once a year. Besides, you have to add the costs of wiper blade replacement, tire rotation, car wash, and labor.

5. The Dealer

Going to an authorized dealer for Mercedes-Benz oil changes will cost you more than having the service at an Indy shop. The dealer charges more because they have to spend more for the shop, maintenance, and paying the salary of an army of educated and qualified technicians. Also, finding a reputable shop is rather difficult and does not guarantee the top-notch servicing that the dealer offers.

Mercedes-Benz oil changes
Servicing to an authorized dealer costs more. Source:

Is There Any Way to Reduce the Costs?

Taking the car to an independent servicing shop or changing the oil by yourself is the solution. However, you should not worry too much about the high-priced Mercedes-Benz oil changes. You will find it rather cost-effective if compared with the oil-changing costs of cars from other models. Most people drive almost 12,000 miles a year. Average vehicles need an oil change after 3,000 to 5,000 miles, which means four oil-changing in a single year. On the other hand, you don’t need to do it more than once per year for a Mercedes-Benz because the cars use high-quality synthetic oil and their fuel tank is bigger.

Know your bill

As you may know, the oil price contributes most of the total Mercedes-Benz oil change cost. With the kind of high performance engine like that in Mercedes-Benz, Mobil 10W/40 synthetic oil is specifically required at between 7 to 9 liters for each time changing oil for a single engine. Basically, you need to dip into your pocket to pay from 8 to 12 dollars per liter, and the oil price varies according to engine specification.

Furthermore, if you ever wonder: “how much is on oil change for a Mercedes?”, each oil change also entails a fleece filter, which is expensive too. A cheap paper filter instead of a fleece filter may reduce the total Mercedes-Benz oil change price but is not recommended.

Finally, your Mercedes-Benz engine’s age determines the type of oil you need to change. For example, all of the new engines, including turbo or super charged engines, require such full synthetic oil as Mobil 1 while older engines need oil that originates from minerals to run. All drivers should not change synthetic oil for old generations of Mercedes-Benz engine.

  1. jason says

    what does a larger fuel tank have to do with the cost of an oil change. I fail to see the reason behind this. Maybe you meant to say larger oil pan or oil capacity?

    1. Stephen Winterhill says

      Lmao!^ I know right…

  2. bill says

    What a crock


    Any large car dealer regularly offer free car washes with any service, and a wash varies from $5-20, depending if vacuuming or lite detailing is included. And since when are wiper blades part of an oil change? The dealer may attempt to “pack” or “pad” the bill with top dollar blades, and an owner can simply refuse. Specialised oil change shops regularly push transmission and coolant flush, nitrogen tire fill, oil upgrade etc etc. I wonder if easy access to the internet has had an effect on the price of auto service? I’m thinking being enlightened would equate to savings?

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  6. Roger Rosenberg says

    I was shocked to pay over $300 for an oil change. Reading the bill carefully and this website, I now understand better what sent the cost upward. On the other hand, I see 1.6 hours for labor. I don’t work on cars myself but does that sound right? How do we know how long it actually took?

  7. John Saunders says

    I put new oil in my extra large Mercedes Benz fuel tank like you said Tsuckass. Now my car no run.
    And Roger it takes 1.6 hours . Breakdown .3 change oil, .7 check phone messages, .2 go to the can man, .3 order and pay for pizza for lunch, .1 look at wiper blades – car needs new ones – advise as to $385 cost to replace wiper blades.

  8. Jon says

    This is as dumb as it gets!!! 😂😂😂😂

  9. Anthony Truong says

    The main reason is they will give you a loaner when you drop your car off. They will loan you another brand new car to drive while your car is at their shop being service. This guy dont know half the shtt he is talking about.

  10. The Don Walker says

    I drop the oil and replace the filter for $70 myself ….
    That’s in a Mercedes Sprinter that takes 11 litres of merc spec synthetic ….. 20 minutes work , its only 1 sump bolt to release and a cover to turn on oil filter , hardly rocket science!

  11. Riaz Ali says

    I buy my own mobile oil & filter and ask a small shop to change oil and they also check all fluid levels and tire air pressure. Every oil change at 5000km costs me $80.00 Canadian dollars.

  12. Jay Ramjee says

    If Mercedes endorses this then both Mercedes and this guy are full ****. It’s a shameful state of affairs if they think that this real.

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