Top 4 Ways to Baby Your Mercedes Benz Car
You spent the money on this amazing machine, so nothing’s too good for your baby. But as a practical matter, babying your Mercedes Benz gives you a fine ride for as long as you own it, and helps you preserve the resale value. Here are five things you need to do. First, change the oil regularly. There’s nothing easier you can do for your Mercedes Benz than treat the engine well. Fresh oil does the job. But how often is “regularly”? It used to be every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But if you use Mobil 1 oil in your Mercedes (and their engineers say you should), engine advances in the past decade or so have made “regular” seem like not very often. Most Mercedes models, even at the high end, say you can change your oil at between 10,000 and 15,000 miles. Hey, the engineers designed your fine machine, so maybe you can trust what they say about oil changes. Second, you need to wash and dry your Mercedes properly. You’ve spent a hefty amount on your Mercedes car, so don’t take away the magic by ruining your paint job. Washing and drying properly will help you preserve the paint. Washing a Mercedes isn’t rocket science, but here are some specific things to keep in mind:
- Pick a shaded area to let your car cool down before you wash it, and to prevent water spotting later during the drying phase
- Consider cleaning the wheels first to give your car time to cool down, and use only non-acidic wheel cleaner
- Use only sheepskin or microfiber mitts (or towels) to avoid damaging the paint
- When you rinse the car, do so from the top down, to avoid getting dirt and gunk in already rinsed areas
- Use only non-abrasive soap for washing, wash from the top down, and rinse your mitt or towel first before you dip it in the soap again (to get rid of dirt you’ve already cleaned off, so it won’t scratch your paint)
- Dry with a waffle weave towel
Third, keep your Mercedes well waxed to repel dirt and gunk that can damage the paint over time. You have several options here, but Mercedes enthusiasts everywhere will give the thumbs up to non-petroleum carnauba wax. It not only gives your exterior a nice luster, but also fills in minor scratches. You’ll want to buy a wax with 20-50% carnauba and the remainder being brightening agents and perfectly safe natural oils. After you’ve freshly washed your car, apply the wax in straight strokes with a foam pad, and take it up quickly with a soft terry cloth towel before the wax dries too much. That will give you the shine you’re looking for, without making a mess. Fourth, don’t forget to condition the interior! That means the leather (or M-B Tex) and wood. You’ll want to use a non-solvent based and non-petroleum based cleaner. Word on the street is that there’s no reason to buy anything special from Mercedes. You can go to your local auto store and buy products made by Meguiars, a well recognized brand that lots of Mercedes Benz car owners swear by. Now you know how to baby your Mercedes. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but the extra attention you give your baby now will pay you back down the road. Adsit Company is a worldwide Mercedes Benz parts supplier specializing in new, used and rebuilt Mercedes parts, accessories, engines and transmissions. Adsit offers 10% discounts for online and fax orders as well as full service assistance by phone. You can get a free, 100 page printed catalog mailed to you by visiting the Adsitco.com Mercedes parts website.
Driving Your Mercedes Benz Car in the Snow
If you live in Arizona, you don’t have worry about how your Mercedes handles in a winter wonderland. Some aren’t so blessed, and that means they’ll have to consider the weather when they buy their Mercedes car and when they drive it. Mercedes Benz cars are generally a rear-wheel drive outfit, and that sends chills down the spines of people who have to drive in snow and ice. Fortunately, there’s nothing to fear if equip your Mercedes car correctly when your buy it. Buying right is pretty easy. If you need serious snow and ice handling for a good part of the year, you might consider a 4MATIC all wheel drive model. You’ll find these in several body styles, like sedans (C-Class, E-Class and S-Class), light trucks and SUVs (G-Class, GL-Class and M-Class) and the R-Class and E-Class crossovers and wagons. By most accounts from owners living in heavy winter areas like Alaska, the roadsters are poor winter cars, but that’s probably obvious to most prospective buyers. But an all wheel drive model isn’t the only option. You can do just fine with a two wheel drive model, despite the rear wheel drive design. All you need to do is winterize your Mercedes car appropriately. You could probably spend thousands of dollars to winterize your Mercedes, but there’s really no need to do that. The Benz engineers have helped you by building in traction control on many models. That helps with acceleration and deceleration. Other than taking such commonsense measures like trying not to drive in the early morning hours (when it’s coldest) and keeping to main roads (which either get plowed better or get more use and, thus, better snow melt), the single biggest step you can take to winterize your Mercedes car is to fit it with good winter or all-weather tires.
Buying winter tires is much like picking out shoes-there are so many options to choose from that it can be bewildering. But two tires seem to stand out. The first is Goodyear’s Eagle Ultra Grip line. These tires were designed with sport coupes and sedans in mind, specifically to improve road traction in wet or snowy conditions. But they’re probably fine for a more modest C-Class sedan as well. Sylvie Rainville tried some out on a C-Class for a GuideAuto review, and said it the car performed better than a four wheel drive vehicle with all weather tires. The second tire you might want to look at is the Bridgestone Blizzak. This is an extensively tested tire designed for winter weather. Their Multicell compound looks like Swiss cheese under a microscope, with uniformly distributed pores to wick away water on the surface of ice and snow and grip the surface better. Mercedes Benz forums are full of recommendations for them as winter tires. As you might imagine, winter tires are for winter. You’ll want to swap them out for summer or all weather tires from roughly mid-April to mid-November in most parts of the United States. You’ll have to spend some extra money on tires to have sets for two seasons, but the upgrade in safety is worth the expense. Adsit Company is a worldwide Mercedes Benz parts supplier specializing in new, used and rebuilt Mercedes parts, accessories, engines and transmissions. Adsit offers 10% discounts for online and fax orders as well as full service assistance by phone.