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Old 08-12-2017, 06:49 AM   #1
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Mercedes Bluetec

Has anyone experienced any problems with the new Mercedes 3.0 turbo Blutec engine? I am about to purchase a new 2017 class B motor home with the Blutec 3.0 V6 turbo. What type of maintenance schedule do you follow?
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:02 AM   #2
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My only problem with mine was the engine battery, so not really an engine problem. Maintenance is at 20000 miles although I will have it done annually. It is important that you use oil that meets Mercedes specs but other than that, keep the DEF tank full and drive the heck out of it.
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Has anyone experienced any problems with the new Mercedes 3.0 turbo Blutec engine? I am about to purchase a new 2017 class B motor home with the Blutec 3.0 V6 turbo. What type of maintenance schedule do you follow?
I think in general they are good, but I had my 2016 in a shop for 34 days for an intermittent, stalling, surging problem that Mercedes tried to repair at their dealership. It took about $10,000 in work to get it running right. The worst thing is how long it took and the fact that I was 2700 miles from home when it broke down with only 12,000 miles on the clock. This was a warranty repair and probably a rare failure.
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Check out Biodiesel restrictions you cant use B20
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:50 PM   #5
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Check out Biodiesel restrictions you cant use B20
Not true. You can use B20 but it is not recommended on a continuous basis. If you do have to use it, check your oil frequently as B20, which is an incredible solvent, can leak around seals into the oil. If you find that condition, change the oil.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:34 AM   #6
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16,000 miles and runs perfectly.
I get about 17mpg in a 22 foot Class C.
First trip was from Michigan to Oregon.
Plenty of power to cross the Rocky Mountains.
Service is expensive.
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10k miles like clockwork...

2016 Winnebago Era on a 2016 MB Sprinter 3500 chassis. Just over 21k miles on it and absolutely zero problems. I change the oil, oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter at 10k miles in spite of the factory recommendation of waiting until 20k miles for the oil and oil filter (and 20k miles on the fuel filter and 60k miles on the air filter--which I think are ridiculous intervals). I keep the DEF fluid topped up off after every trip as I don't ever want to experience dash lights reminders or problems.
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Mercedes says goodbye to diesel in North America

I just read the following. I do not know if it is from a reliable source.

Mercedes says goodbye to diesel in North America | Driving
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I just read the following. I do not know if it is from a reliable source.

Mercedes says goodbye to diesel in North America | Driving
This pertains to cars, not trucks (and the Sprinter is a truck). Mercedes, in another article, announced it was investing $1 B (yes, that is billion) in the Sprinter in North America.
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Has anyone experienced any problems with the new Mercedes 3.0 turbo Blutec engine? I am about to purchase a new 2017 class B motor home with the Blutec 3.0 V6 turbo. What type of maintenance schedule do you follow?
Here is some bedtime reading on the Bluetec engine. There is another Mercedes PDF document on Biodiesel and the Mercedes position. I tried to attach it but it's too large.

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=61993
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Take that guy with a grain of salt. He may have been a MB mechanic for 30 years, but if your EGT is over 1400-1800*F you've melted a piston. Get a ScangaugeII or a bluetooth adapter and Torque Pro app on your phone ($12 for adapter, $10 for Torque Pro app) so you can monitor Exhaust Gas Temp (EGT) The highest EGT I've seen was 1194* during a regen cycle. Typical EGT is 700-900*F.

I'm not running 10w-60 motor oil because some guy on the internet said it was a good idea. Use oil approved by MB. He is right on a few points, change your air filter, change your oil/filter regularly (earlier than recommended by MB), and longer trips are better than lots of short trips.

Mobil One ESP (Emission System Protection) 5w-30 meets MB specs 229.31/229.51
it's a low ash oil designed for diesels with DPF.

https://mobiloil.com/en/motor-oils/mobil-1/mobil-1-esp
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Mercedes bluetec

8600 miles on ours and between 16-18 MPG legitimate. Plenty of power and get up. No issues. Great diesel motor. Well proven
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Mercedes says goodbye to diesel in North America | Driving
That would be too bad! I have owned several MB cars and SUV's including my current 2014 ML Bluetec and 2012 S350 Bluetec. They all have been outstanding and never had any issues with them. It would be a loss if they quit making them!
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BlueTec fears... at rest

I had the same questions about costly repairs and reliability of the BlueTec when I pulled my new-to-me 2013 Winnebago ERA-70 off the Camping World lot, and 60 miles got the dreaded Fatal Countdown warning on the dash.

I took my Sprinter into my local MB dealer, where it was serviced. As I noticed the local News Truck (also a Sprinter) in the bay next to mine I reasoned with myself that if BlueTec was so horrid, FedEx, News Weather crews, etc. would not continue to fleet them.

My work had some warranty, but I also paid some. I have 50k on my engine, and my MB service pro encourages me to continue driving it all I can. I do what so many others do... keep the BlueTec filled, check tires and air filters. I also keep a log of all my trips, including miles, fuel fills, DEF fills, etc. so I can help my service tech if I have any additional issues. I must say, I have RV’d for 30 years, from pop-up to Class A 35-footers, and this Class-B downsize has been the most fun, most-used, and least “problem” unit I’ve ever owned. For the 1 year I have owned it. It was a great move for our small family. 20 true miles to the gallon makes me smile every time I roll into the station... about every 420 miles, and maxing my card at a whopping $60! IMHO, what I save each trip makes my yearly service check-up reasonable (diesel oil changes cost a lot!~)
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