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Interesting note on towing from a pro

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For Lexus and Mercedes both, dealers will send trucks to pick up and deliver cars for services. Many Lexus and MB's don't have spares either, I haven't driven a car with a spare since '98, has never been an issue really. So the frequent tows could well be service pickups and drop-offs, and flats. 

I've got 2 AMG's that both have dipsticks, but the blocks/motors aren't shared with any other Benz. Both are dry sumps and have an oil level monitor as well. The cars we have without dipsticks are also dry sumps, and they have amazingly accurate level sensors. One came back from oil service 1/2 qt low, and it showed it immediately. 

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The MB without a spare are generally Bluetec (diesel) and the adblue tank sits in the spare tire well. Car has runflats so a spare is not needed.  Runflats do work but give a much harsher ride.

Transmissionshave not had dipsticks for several years. Engines do. 

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