A Guide to Mercedes Ownership
30 November 2017
Mercedes-Benz certainly aims to live by its new slogan of ‘the best or nothing.’They have a reputation for producing high-quality vehicles, from hatchbacks to SUVs. These vehicles come at a premium so every Mercedes owner will want to ensure that their car is fully protected. If you’re already a Mercedes owner or are hoping to buy one in the near future, there are a number of areas to focus on to ensure your car is well maintained. Our guide runs through how to choose the best model for you, maintenance tips and protection advice.
Mercedes Buying GuideWhether you want something classy and compact or one of Mercedes’ luxury saloons, there’s plenty of choice in the brand’s current range:
- Hatchback: The A-Class is the only hatchback in Mercedes’ current range. The third generation five-door model, which underwent a dramatic and much needed facelift, offers a fantastic option.
- Saloon: C-Class and E-Class models are popular and reliable choices for a Mercedes saloon, though the S-Class is top of the range.
- Coupe: Coupe versions of the C, E and S-Class models are all available. Again, S-Class is top of the line but the CLS-Class just below it offers everything from a 3.0-litre V6 engine to a 55 AMG model with a 5.4-litre V8 supercharged one.
- SUV: The G-Class offers a choice of SUV/Crossover models, including GLC-Class coupe SUV, a compact SUV with the GLA-Class or a large SUV with the GLS-Class.
- Electric and hybrids: Mercedes is moving into alternative fuel, with the C350e plug-in hybrid, the pure electric B-Class Electric Drive MPV and a concept EQA expected to launch in 2020.
- Other: The B-Class and V-Class provide a choice of MPVs, while there are grand tourer and roadster options with the SL and SLC-Class vehicles respectively.
Essential Maintenance Tasks and ServicingDepending upon the manufacturer’s recommendations for a particular vehicle, it will need to be regularly serviced - this might be annually or based on a fixed mileage interval. In the meantime, there are many maintenance checks and upkeep tasks you can do to keep your car performing at its best. These include:
- Timing belts: A snapped timing belt can be an expensive repair for any Mercedes owner, so check for nicks and tears to assess when it will likely need replacing.
- Transmission: When your Mercedes has done 80,000 miles or reached five years old, the transmission should be serviced. The fluid should regularly be checked with each service.
- Fluids: Brake fluid oil needs to be replaced around every 20,000 miles, though it should be monitored consistently. The radiator should be flushed annually too, and it is essential to keep on top of oil levels.
- Filters: Air filters should be replaced after 40,000 miles while fuel filters need regular checks to avoid contaminants entering the fuel and damaging the engine.
- Tyres: Not only will properly inflated tyres improve fuel economy, they will also help ensure better handling and grip, meaning your Mercedes will feel and perform at its best level.