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Keeping your Mercedes vehicle in good operating condition is essential to prolonging its lifespan. This is especially true if you drive a high-mileage Mercedes. Though we wish that it was simple as easy as not driving so much, the number of miles in the commute to and from work is impossible to change. However, with proper care and diligent maintenance, you can keep your Mercedes running smoothly for years and years down the road.

The absolute be-all, end-all to keeping your high-mileage Mercedes healthy is regular maintenance. Servicing your vehicle at the proper intervals will help to avoid all kinds of problems—both big and small—in the future. Most of the bigger issues we see here are direct results from lack of proper, regular maintenance. Things like transmission failure, misfire, and worn brake rotors are all completely avoidable.

Generally, newer engines can handle more miles between servicing. The parts are newer, there’s less wear and tear, and everything runs smoother. The more miles that an engine packs on, however, the worse its day-to-day performance will become. Servicing intervals for vehicles becomes more and more critical as the engine ages. Higher-mileage Mercedes absolutely require more care to keep them running safely.

Many factors lead to older engines requiring more strict maintenance than newer engines. Small, gradual problems can build up over time and create a domino effect that leads to much more serious issues. Blow-by gases increase in older engines, which leads to oil being diluted quicker, which leads to more oil changes. Fuel filters and oil filters are less effective over time, which can ruin injectors and damage the entire fuel system. Spark plugs don’t get replaced, which can cause misfires and potentially damage the catalytic converter.

Sticking to your scheduled maintenance helps avoid all of these major problems and many others. Remember, you will never save money by skipping a regularly scheduled service appointment. In the end, the problem will become worse and worse, and will end up costing you much more in repairs in the future. Maintenance is an effective way to keep your car safe for the road, while saving money and investing in the future value of your car at the same time. Something as simple as keeping the proper air pressure in your tires can lead to a 3-5 increase in MPG. So, why wait?

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