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Mercedes-Benz C280 4Matic Is there a maintenance schedule

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Is there a maintenance schedule for the C280? Others I've talked to have said the local MB dealer does too much too soon.....get the bill higher.
It would be nice to know what is needed so I can go to the dealer and not spend more than I need to, and have maintained well, but not over due.
The last owner had the last oil change at Friestone, others were done at the dealer.
I see from the receipt that it was much lower $ than the MB dealer...would you recommend this?
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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am here to try and assist your with your question. What year is the car and I will check on the schedule for you?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
It is a 2007 C280 4 matic.
OK.....Here is the maintenance table for this vehicle it will list the mileage and what needs done at that milage

Maintenance Tables - Normal Service
13,000-65,000 78,000-130,000 143,000
Maintenance Items 13,000 26,000 39,000 52,000 65,000
Air Filter Element Replace
Battery Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Brake Fluid Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Brakes and Traction Control Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Cabin Air Filter Replace Replace
Coolant
Cooling System Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Drive Belt Inspect Inspect
Drive/Propeller Shaft Inspect
Engine Oil Replace Replace Replace Replace Replace
Fluid - A/T Replace
Fluid - Transfer Case Replace
Fluid Filter - A/T Replace
Fluids Inspect Inspect
Fuel Filter Replace
Headlamp Inspect/Adjust Inspect/Adjust
Hood Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Lighting and Horns Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Oil Filter, Engine Replace Replace Replace Replace Replace
Parking Brake Cable Inspect/Adjust
Parking Brake System Inspect Inspect
Power Steering Fluid Inspect Inspect
Seat Belt Systems Inspect Inspect
Service Reminder Indicators Reset Reset Reset Reset Reset
Spark Plug
Steering Inspect Inspect
Suspension Inspect Inspect
Tires Inspect Rotate Inspect Rotate Inspect
Washer Fluid Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Wiper Blade Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Wiper and Washer Systems Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect

13,000-65,000 78,000-130,000 143,000
Maintenance Items 78,000 91,000 104,000 117,000 130,000
Air Filter Element Replace
Battery Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Brake Fluid Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Brakes and Traction Control Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Cabin Air Filter Replace Replace Replace
Coolant
Cooling System Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Drive Belt Inspect Inspect Inspect
Drive/Propeller Shaft Inspect
Engine Oil Replace Replace Replace Replace Replace
Fluid - A/T
Fluid - Transfer Case
Fluid Filter - A/T
Fluids Inspect Inspect Inspect
Fuel Filter Replace
Headlamp Inspect/Adjust Inspect/Adjust Inspect/Adjust
Hood Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Lighting and Horns Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Oil Filter, Engine Replace Replace Replace Replace Replace
Parking Brake Cable
Parking Brake System Inspect Inspect Inspect
Power Steering Fluid Inspect Inspect Inspect
Seat Belt Systems Inspect Inspect Inspect
Service Reminder Indicators Reset Reset Reset Reset Reset
Spark Plug Replace
Steering Inspect Inspect Inspect
Suspension Inspect Inspect Inspect
Tires Rotate Inspect Rotate Inspect Rotate
Washer Fluid Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Wiper Blade Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect
Wiper and Washer Systems Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect Inspect

13,000-65,000 78,000-130,000 143,000
Maintenance Items 143,000
Air Filter Element
Battery Inspect
Brake Fluid Inspect
Brakes and Traction Control Inspect
Cabin Air Filter
Coolant Replace
Cooling System Inspect
Drive Belt
Drive/Propeller Shaft
Engine Oil Replace
Fluid - A/T
Fluid - Transfer Case
Fluid Filter - A/T
Fluids
Fuel Filter
Headlamp
Hood Inspect
Lighting and Horns Inspect
Oil Filter, Engine Replace
Parking Brake Cable
Parking Brake System
Power Steering Fluid
Seat Belt Systems
Service Reminder Indicators Reset
Spark Plug
Steering
Suspension
Tires Inspect
Washer Fluid Inspect
Wiper Blade Inspect
Wiper and Washer Systems Inspect



 

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What do you think about Firestone changing the oil?
I don't see an issue with that. Even if going to a dealer you get the bottom of the barrel as the better technicians are working on the running problems and repair problems not changing oil so your going to get about the same quality of repair either place.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I'am a man of small means, don't have the income of a typical MB owner. I saved for many years to purchase the used C280. I really want to maintain it well without breaking
my pocket book.
Is there any other pointers you could give me?
I was told by other MB owners that the most important service is the transmision, but
MB dealer is the only one that can change the trans oil and the dealer knows it and charges big time.
Is there any other service in your opinion I could pass on and what other service should I make sure i don't past.

One thing I did find is that MB owners love the car, but differ on service at dealer of other provider.
As far as services go the transmission, engine oil, and engine coolant are the major services the other you can skip or wait on but still need to watch them to make sure the levels are good and keep an eye on the condition. For example like the cabin air filter they suggest every 25,000 miles but it all depends on the conditions you drive in and may be able to go 50,000 or more before replacing.
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