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Where do you purchase fluids?

Just wondering if people go to their Mercedes dealer for fluids (brake, coolant, windshield washer) or if you just go to the local auto parts store. I need to get windshield washer fluid but I looked in the owner's manual and saw the recommendation for Mercedes fluid to make sure you don't harm the plastic lamp lenses. Just wondering if I'm worrying too much or whether there's good reason to purchase from Mercedes.

BTW, it's not the cost that's the issue. I live in Florida in an area that barely ever gets to freezing. So I just need the summer mix at a dilution rate of 100:1, so I'm guessing it'll last a long time. It's more a matter of getting to the dealership, which is hardly around the corner.
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Just wondering if people go to their Mercedes dealer for fluids (brake, coolant, windshield washer) or if you just go to the local auto parts store. I need to get windshield washer fluid but I looked in the owner's manual and saw the recommendation for Mercedes fluid to make sure you don't harm the plastic lamp lenses. Just wondering if I'm worrying too much or whether there's good reason to purchase from Mercedes.

BTW, it's not the cost that's the issue. I live in Florida in an area that barely ever gets to freezing. So I just need the summer mix at a dilution rate of 100:1, so I'm guessing it'll last a long time. It's more a matter of getting to the dealership, which is hardly around the corner.
MB Summerfit Scheibenwaschkonzentrat windscreen washer concentrate, 40 ml, is about $3.50 MSRP, and $2.61 from on line source. I usually buy 2 or 3 when I am at the local MB parts department.

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Orcrone, you are worrying too much.
Windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, an alcohol mixed sometime with small amounts of ethylene glycol another alcohol.
You can get it from your local auto parts store with no risk in damaging any parts. Just make sure to keep it away from children because is extremely poisonous...
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Orcrone, you are worrying too much.
Windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, an alcohol mixed sometime with small amounts of ethylene glycol another alcohol.
You can get it from your local auto parts store with no risk in damaging any parts. Just make sure to keep it away from children because is extremely poisonous...
Not only worrying too much, but I don't think my car has headlight washers, so no concern about the plastic lenses.
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if you post your vin, we can get you a datacard and you can see if you have those washers or not and many other options.


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You actually did that for me. Here's the link. I couldn't find them on the list. Also it's part of the lighting package which I'm pretty sure I don't have.
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Thinking outside the box, the State Liquor Store! (everyone else can give you the straight answers!)
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Thinking outside the box, the State Liquor Store! (everyone else can give you the straight answers!)
We have a winner!!!
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We have a winner!!!
in UK we have PUBs.
We don't let the state run our alcohol, they bugger up the running of our country enough already!

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in UK we have PUBs.
We don't let the state run our alcohol, they bugger up the running of our country enough already!

In the US the government is the reason we need so many state run liquor stores!!
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