Well I did it! I have to say it was one of the easiest oil changes I have ever done. Not a drop of oil on the ground. For all those thinking of partaking in the do it yourself change--do it. I used a Topsider to suction the oil out, and I purchased a regular oil filter wrench from AutoParts for 2.99. I will now be doing regular changes between the FSS interval. My first Mercedes! I love it!
If anyone needs any help with this car, please email me. I will be glad to share my limited know how. Also, thanks to those who offered assistance. I must say, I was a tad bit nervous at first.