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Ongoing Costs of Ownership

Beyond purchase, what (if anything) is out of the ordinary in the cost of ongoing ownership? Aside from the relatively short warranty term, that is.

For example, can a typical owner change the oil periodically himself, or must it be done by a qualified mechanic...or, worse, at Mercedes-level labor rates at a dealership?

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Doing my own except the 60K valve check. Oil and filter are very easy. It would be much easier if we could get a full service manual.
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Ful Service Manual?

"...if we could get a full service manual."

Thanks, Duckhunter.

Any possibility that manual will become available to us...?
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The Smart's relatively new in the USA, and has a fairly new engine and transmission design. I'd opt for an extended warranty to dampen any fears.

Oil changes are reputed to be simple for anyone that's done one before - biggest challenge is finding the right filter and getting the old one off - the filter and/or drain plug are on pretty tight, I read.

Oil change interval is listed at 10k with Mobil 1 synthetic (weight depends on your geography). Some change earlier, some wait until 10k... heavy debate on that subject, so just choose your own path. Regardless, $200 or so for MB rates include oil change and 10k annual checkup - compare to 3k intervals with dino oil (30 bucks x 4 plus time spent) and if you don't change it yourself, the 10k interval evens things out.
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