I just got back from the dealer yesterday for my 20,000 mile service. I was shocked when I was quoted a price... $450.00! I said that was at least twice the cost of the 10,000 service. He said it requires a lot more now. Since I had driven for three hours I went ahead and had it done. When I got the bill and they had changed the brake fluid, some filters and the oil. Does this car need the brake fluid changed at 20,000??? They also did some computer upgrades but that would have been warranty work I would think. They said the next service would also be $450, then the 40,000 and 50,000 would be less then the 60,000 would be more than $450.00.
Needless to say unless something brakes my car won't be going back to the dealer. I will find out what is needed and do it myself from now on.
Wow, your dealership must be attached to a Penske Mercedes dealer too... At least the coffee and furniture are top rate in the waiting room...
"Needless to say unless something brakes (sic) my car won't be going back to the dealer. I will find out what is needed and do it myself from now on."
You'll probably want to RENT the Pay-Per-View service manual from Penske for $450/year:
All major credit cards accepted. Pony up!
Here's the Maintenance schedule in PDF form...