Cars.com’s long-term 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic test car has been no stranger to the dealership’s service bay after a string of strange warranty issues. The latest trip, however, was for regular maintenance that ended up being our first out-of-pocket cost other than fuel and floormats. The total cost? We paid $261.81 for the first scheduled vehicle maintenance, including and oil and filter change, at 10,000 miles.
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We actually blew past the 10,000-mile maintenance mark and weren’t able to get the C300 model into the dealership until 11,500 miles for Service A, which includes an oil change and inspection of numerous vehicle components. The whole oil change and service took about an hour while we waited. A Mercedes-Benz technician changed the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine’s seven quarts of 5W-40 engine oil (a full-synthetic oil) and oil filter, as well as performed an inspection of the following:
- Exterior and interior light bulbs
- Windshield wiper system
- Seat belts
- Front and rear brake pads and rotors
- Tire wear and damage
- Tire pressure
- Under-hood and engine fluids
Our Mercedes-Benz dealership threw in a $12 car wash for no charge and a $70 rewards card for the C300’s next maintenance, which made the expensive vehicle maintenance cost slightly easier to swallow. That $260 price for an oil and filter change and vehicle inspection isn’t small change even if it’s only a once-a-year service. We also extended our basic Mbrace subscription for $320 cost after the six-month trial ended and continued the services of Mercedes-Benz’s Mbrace Secure, which features automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle assistance, emergency call from the car, automatic alarm notification and more.