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Motor Oil - Mobil 1? Change how often?

The GLA has a small turbocharged engine. Oil works harder in these engines.

Which Motor Oil are you using?

Mobil 1? 0W40 or 5W40 ESP?

How often do you change oil?
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Did oil change recently by myself. Used Mobil 1, 5w-40 Formula M. I followed service interval-10000 miles oil change.
Do not use oil 5w-40 ESP, this oil is for diesel engines.
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Did oil change recently by myself. Used Mobil 1, 5w-40 Formula M. I followed service interval-10000 miles oil change.
Do not use oil 5w-40 ESP, this oil is for diesel engines.
The M1 5W40 ESP is Formula M. And re diesel oils... DFI engines are high compression like diesels and share other attributes.

See this Mobil 1 document HERE and THIS.

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Consult bevo.mercedes-benz.com. It is a rather long chart that lists compatible brands of oil for the Mercedes specification 229.5. The GLA manual allows you to use several viscosities, but 0W30 and 40 cover almost all operating conditions. My Ferrari F430 uses 5W40 which is compatible with the GLA, so I could stock just one brand (Pennzoil) and viscosity (5W40) for both cars.

The purpose of an oil change is to get all the tiny crunchies and grindies out of the oil so they don’t wear out all the close-fitting internal engine parts prematurely. If convenience is not an issue, you cannot change the oil too much. Since convenience usually IS an issue, oil change mileage can be chosen to make a compromise. I think 10,000 miles between oil changes is too much, so I change the oil myself with a frequency, that, when combined with the dealer service visits, results in an interval of 3,000 to 5,000 miles between oil changes. I ALWAYS change the filter and seal rings with every oil change. I believe that frequent oil changes has resulted in no car I’ve owned using any oil.

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Have you changed oil on your GLA? I have not looked at the oil plug and filter location. Any thing to it?

Perhaps someone who has done an oil change could elaborate.
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Does the GLA come with a magnetic drain bolt? I used this for my other cars and thought it helped with metal shavings. I just bought my GLA last week and wanted to prepare for my next oil change.
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Any thing to it?.
on the 45 it's sufficiently low that you have to lift the car but on the 250 i think you could fit underneath it. If you do have to lift it you need the little puck insert that fits the jack point and don't be like me and use an unsuitable jack that can slip. Ramps would work fine. 5k seems reasonable for extreme conditions, lots of short trips/cold starts/dusty conditions etc
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10,000 miles oil change intervals for MB is not detrimental to the engine at all. BMW oil change schedule for their LL01 oil (Long Life) is 15,000 miles. Both schedule calls for at least once a year. Contrary to popular fallacy, this is based on sound engineering research. BMW engineers counter acted owners wanting to change oil at shorter frequencies by eliminating oil dip stick altogether! So that the neurotic owners (I was one of the neurotic ones ...!!!) could not see the "brown" oil before the change schedule. Viscosity of a given oil is not important, but its rating is. Mobil 1 0W-40 (and newer 5W-40) are both rated to meet BMW's LL01 and MB's 229.5 spec's. The beauty of Mobil 1 Synthetic is that it is discounted at Walmart, BJ's, Costco, Sam's Club etc... Strangely enough Castroll was not until recently.

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gla 45
5w40 in the summer
0w40 in the winter. every 3-5k
do it yourself very ez
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Here is some interesting info on changing oil and filters. Not GLA per-say but is still good info. Sounds like change filter sooner than you change the actual oil.



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