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Old 12-12-2015, 11:27 AM   #15
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Do I venture away from the dealer that had previously serviced the vehicle (Mercedes) and try the local Peterbilt or Freightliner (terrible reviews)?

We purchased a 2008 AI with 26K miles this past April. The previous owner had maintenance/service done at Mercedes of Greensboro...expensive! It will need brakes, tires and service soon. Are these vehicles common enough that most diesel centers can service them? Who is qualified to install the tires? I have the Alcoa rims and heard they are soft and damage easily when changing tires. I want to save $ but also want someone trustworthy.

On a side note, I have serviced my gas vehicles (filters, brakes, fluids, belts). This is my first diesel and would like to be as comfortable at routine service. I am learning a ton thanks to everyone here. My limitations are time...that thing called work takes most of it. Advice on self service?
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Do I venture away from the dealer that had previously serviced the vehicle (Mercedes) and try the local Peterbilt or Freightliner (terrible reviews)?

We purchased a 2008 AI with 26K miles this past April. The previous owner had maintenance/service done at Mercedes of Greensboro...expensive! It will need brakes, tires and service soon. Are these vehicles common enough that most diesel centers can service them? Who is qualified to install the tires? I have the Alcoa rims and heard they are soft and damage easily when changing tires. I want to save $ but also want someone trustworthy.

On a side note, I have serviced my gas vehicles (filters, brakes, fluids, belts). This is my first diesel and would like to be as comfortable at routine service. I am learning a ton thanks to everyone here. My limitations are time...that thing called work takes most of it. Advice on self service?

You could check around and see if there is an independent shop that has a history of servicing Sprinters. I wouldn't use anyone who has not done Sprinter serving in the past. Regarding tire servicing make sure the shop you use for new tires has the right equipment to balance the Sprinter 3500 wheels with the large center hole in the middle. It takes a special adapter on most balancing machines.


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Old 12-14-2015, 08:55 AM   #17
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I finally found an independent repair shop but they said they can't do the service for me 😑

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We do service sprinters, but a limited weight, wheelbase and height. Also being an “RV” if this has any ground effects/sideskirts, or door steps, we would not be able to accommodate it on our lift.

I do not know of any other independent repair shop that has the knowledge or tooling for the sprinters. I would recommend the dealer only at this point.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:36 AM   #18
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You could check around and see if there is an independent shop that has a history of servicing Sprinters. I wouldn't use anyone who has not done Sprinter serving in the past. Regarding tire servicing make sure the shop you use for new tires has the right equipment to balance the Sprinter 3500 wheels with the large center hole in the middle. It takes a special adapter on most balancing machines.


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Thanks for the tips... especially the one on the tires. I did not know that. Looks like I will not have a "one stop shop" if I want to save a few bucks! I found a local certified MB shop but they were not comfortable with the tires and referred me back to the MB dealer.

k9jackie, Thanks for the head up on your experience. It may not be as easy as I had hoped.
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