First of all, I am a strong believer in preventive maintenance most importantly for safety but also because I hate being stopped on the edge of the road. However I have to wonder at Mercedes’ recommended (required?) maintenance.
I called the Salt Lake Mercedes dealer (closest to Idaho Falls) to schedule getting the two airbags replaced under the recall. While there I wanted to do the regular maintenance. My Sprinter is a 2013 with 40k miles.
First is it an A service ($400) or B service ($700) which includes a brake fluid flush (they say it absorbs moisture). Then they recommend that every two years, regardless of miles, you do a transmission flush for another $625. And at 40k you need a fuel filter for another $350. All of sudden I have a $2k visit with tax.
Over the years I have had numerous dealers recommend service on my other vehicles that was not called for in the owner manuals. Plus 40k seems kind of early for some of this. However it is a heavy vehicle and puts a lot of wear on the systems.
Is all this necessary?