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Old 04-09-2003, 12:47 PM
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FSS and Oil Change Interval

Hey Guys,

How much faith does everybody have in the FSS calculations for oil change interval ? Are there any bad experiences out there with the calculated interval having been too long ?
I'm using Mobil 1, but a drain interval of 11,000 miles on my 1999 E320 makes me worry sometimes.

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Old 04-09-2003, 02:16 PM
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There have been posts before addressing this concern and that FSS calculations can result in expensive damage to the engine. In fact, I believe it was posted some time ago that M-B replaced some engines that were damaged due to poor FSS management.

I believe the consensus is to trust FSS only up to 10,000 miles or so before the oil should be changed. You may want to search the archives back 8 months.

It's a noble for M-B to make an effort to conserve our natural resources, but not at the risk of damaging one's expensive and hard-to-rebuild engine. Where would the conservation be then?

Is your car still dealer maintained under purchase agreement?
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Old 04-09-2003, 02:48 PM
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I let the FSS countdown normally, but change the oil/filter every 5000 kilometers it counts down.

Most people do not use the FSS interval.
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Old 04-09-2003, 10:35 PM
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I work for Mercedes and most of our techs are not to happy with the FSS extended oil changes. My wife's car is a FSS car, but its also a lease, so I know I am servicing it to MB's specs, but we wont keep the car. On my older Mercedes I change the oil about every 2500 miles using Mobil Delvac 1300.



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