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Old 08-24-2016, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone

I finally purchased a used 2014 Interstate EXT, have been debating in my own mind and with the other half. We have a couple other units but this EXT fits the need for certain events for us and we love it. I have been on and off this site gaining insight and it has been loads of help. Even though I have never joined till now, I feel as though I have gotten to know some of you, and thank you for taking the time to post your knowledge.
I had been looking for quite some time and found the perfect choice of used for us and it couldn't have gone any more smoothly. After trying to purchase a unit from other closer dealers,after days of emails,phone calls and paperwork things stalled each time. I took a chance and purchased our new unit with a phone call to a dealer 1500 miles away, not only did they make it painless but the owner delivered the EXT to my front door right outside Boston for less then what I was going to pay someone else. I own a small business with just 11 employees and sometimes it pays to do business with a family owned store.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to to forum. I'm sure that you will love your new rig!
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:32 PM   #3
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I can take more pics tomorrow, I posted couple pics from the dealer I had.
The unit is having clear shield installed on hood etc, tinting front windows and a good coat of wax. I think previous owner did nothing but enjoy knowing he was only using for a short time. She had a little over 17k when we got it about two weeks ago. I changed the oil before the trip and after and it looked like it had never been done. I fix vehicles for a living and 10k intervals or more are asking for trouble in my opinion, that is if I am allowed to have one here yet !!!
The day it was delivered we left for a five day trip to Ohio, it went very well but missed the space of our 34ft Endura!!! Fuel mileage was incredible compared to our gas rig.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:25 PM   #4
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:36 PM   #5
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The day it was delivered we left for a five day trip to Ohio, it went very well but missed the space of our 34ft Endura!!! ...
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It might help to further evaluate why you felt you missed space. Was it truly space that you missed, space for its own sake, or was any of that more accurately described as missing certain types of functionality?

Space cannot be altered but modifications to functionality can go a long way toward changing the feel of the Interstate. Ours has steadily gotten "bigger" over the past 2 years because we keep adding features and improving various aspects of its functionality.
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I fix vehicles for a living and 10k intervals or more are asking for trouble in my opinion, that is if I am allowed to have one here yet !!!
Everyone has opinions, and everyone has a right to voice them. And if they're informed opinions born of experience such as yours, they'll be welcomed even if we disagree with you.

I personally believe that there's nothing wrong with a 10k interval. Mercedes Benz uses only synthetic oil, which Consumer Reports allows should have a change interval roughly twice as long/far as for conventional motor oil.

But Consumer Reports also says that the recommended oil change interval in the owner's manual should be considered a maximum, and should be shortened if you drive under "severe" conditions— jackrabbit starts, high altitude, extreme heat*, and/or towing.

*That's extreme air temperatures, which in turn cause the engine to run a bit hotter because the radiator operates less efficiently as a heat exchanger when the air is already hot (also why altitude is a factor— thinner air doesn't take heat away from the radiator as quickly as denser air). If the engine overheats, an immediate oil change is called for, regardless of the miles since the last oil change. Engine oil can break down under extreme engine temperatures, and form a varnish that coats moving parts, making them sticky where they're supposed to be slippery.
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The day it was delivered we left for a five day trip to Ohio, it went very well but missed the space of our 34ft Endura!!!
"Missed" as in "noticed it was gone," or as in "was really inconvenienced by its lack"? It's a difference of degrees. In the first case, you can adjust to it in time. In the second case, not so much.
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Welcome to the forums. Hope you enjoy your Interstate.
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I changed the oil before the trip and after and it looked like it had never been done.
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One thing about diesel crankcase oil is that it turns black very quickly due to the larger amount of carbon in the fuel.

And MB just increased the change interval to 15,000 miles so I wouldn't worry too much about going 10,000. But if more frequent changes floats your boat . . .
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I use Mobil 1 0W-40 synthetic oil with 16oz of Opti-Lube Oil Fortifier in our 2007 T1N Interstate and have it regularly tested by a certified testing lab, Blackstone Labs. An additional test checks for TBNs which indicates the amount of protective additive remaining in the sample. In my last test, the lab said I could safely extend the change interval from 10K to 12.5K miles. I will still shoot for 10K but won't stress if it goes to 11K.
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If I had a dime for all the advice I've received on oil changes . . . You should see the banter on this topic in my motorcycle groups.

Per the 2016 MB Sprinter Manual, "The on-board computer automatically shows the date for the next oil change as an event message in the display. Only by using engine oil . . . of the Mercedes-Benz Specifications . . ., can the maximum interval for oil change be achieved." I have over 17,000 miles on the factory first fill and I've read that the interval is 20,000 miles +/- depending on the on-board computer's assessment. It currently says service is required in 5,000 miles. The Euro6 Sprinter's interval is ~35K miles.

For my other vehicles I change once a year regardless of mileage. This can range as low as 2K (motorcycle) to 12 - 15K on an MDX. I have never had an engine failure or consumption issue. Vehicles range from 19 years old to 11 months.

I do use quality synthetics.
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Did you tint the windshield as well? Did you use one of the IR inhibiting tints for heat exclusion? I'm on my first drive with the IR excluding tint on the front windows and wow what a difference!
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