Mercedes A Service — More Than Just an Oil Change
Posted on Last updated Mar 21, 2017 at 4:50PM | Published on Dec 28, 2016 by BurdiMotorworks
The first notification you will receive that your Mercedes is due for its 10,000-mile oil change is a message on your dash. At that point, you may be wondering whether it’s worthwhile to take the car into a Mercedes dealer for the “A Service” or if it would be more convenient to get the oil changed elsewhere.
After all, there are a number of businesses offering oil change services. If you have plenty of options, does it make sense to go to your Mercedes dealer?
A Mercedes Deserves to Be Treated to Quality Service
Your Mercedes isn’t just another car, and for that reason, it deserves to have factory-trained technicians performing all service work on it. You chose to buy and drive this type of luxury car because you wanted to own a vehicle that carries the quality associated with the brand.
Over a number of years, the Mercedes name has become associated with both high-quality parts and materials in the manufacturing process and luxury for anyone fortunate enough to travel in one. The person who drives a Mercedes vehicle knows they are behind the wheel of something that was designed and manufactured with superior technology. Taking a vehicle like that to a neighborhood garage for service just doesn’t seem to fit with the type of care the company has taken over its history to develop vehicles that drivers not only find visually appealing, but enjoy driving as well.
Examples of Classic Mercedes-Benz Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz has been producing automobiles since the late 1800s. Karl Benz was granted a patent in Germany for the first internal combustion engine vehicle. Outfitted with three-wheels, a crank to steer with and bench seating, it had a very basic design. Less than a dozen of the earliest versions were ever made, but they paved the way for more development of future models.
Here’s a quick look at some of the Mercedes vehicles throughout history:
- Mercedes 540K
In production from 1936-1940, the Mercedes 540K became a popular choice in Germany for carrying high-ranking officers of Hitler’s Third Reich from place to place. This model is prized for more than being a staff car, though. The 540K featured a 5.4 liter, straight-8 cylinder with a supercharger that could achieve a power output of an impressive 180 horsepower.
- 300SL Gullwing
The 300SL was produced for nine years (1954-1963), and it is considered one of the best-known models the company has ever released. Its Gullwing doors open straight up to create a unique, birdlike appearance. Originally introduced on the track as a race car in 1952, the Gullwing became so popular with the public that the company released the model to consumers in 1954. Two models were offered: the coupe and the roadster.
- 280SL “Pagoda”
The Mercedes 280SL Pagoda was only in production from 1967-1971, but it stands out for its graceful lines and color-coordinated hubcaps. This vehicle simply oozes class, and it doesn’t disappoint under the hood, either. The 280SL carries a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine capable of putting out approximately 170 horsepower. In the year the Pagoda was released, this was considered quite impressive.
The Mercedes-Benz 500E was hand-built by another manufacturer: Porsche. During the time this model was in production from 1991-1994, each one was sent back and forth between the Mercedes and Porsche company headquarters during the 18 days it would take to assemble them.
The Difference Between an Oil Change and Getting Mercedes Service
There is a pervasive myth that visiting a Mercedes dealer or going to a Mercedes-designated repair shop to look after your vehicle is the same thing is having your oil changed at a drive-up establishment. While the latter type of business caters to a particular segment of the market and offers a particular service that serves its customer base well, it can’t rightly be put in the same category as the type of maintenance you can expect from Mercedes service.