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#1559406 - 08/09/09 12:01 PM Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check?
renos09ram Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 110
Loc: NJ
My wife has a 2005 Mercedes C320 with 25,000 miles. What oil viscosity do you recommend? Also this car has no dip stick, how do I check the level?
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#1559416 - 08/09/09 12:08 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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I would be running M1 0W-40. or even German Castrol if you can find any.
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#1559417 - 08/09/09 12:09 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
hillclimber Offline


Registered: 10/01/06
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Loc: Houston
They have some sort of electronic 'dipstick', don't they? Surely, this is covered in the owners manual.

A car with no dipstick, insane.
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#1559419 - 08/09/09 12:09 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hpichris]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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I can't believe MB never included dip sticks on those cars....my friend had the same exact car...MB sells them for about $100 extra.
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#1559422 - 08/09/09 12:10 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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 Originally Posted By: renos09ram
Also this car has no dip stick, how do I check the level?

There should be an electronic indicator in the instrument cluster. Refer to the owner's manual regarding how to access it.
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#1559424 - 08/09/09 12:10 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hillclimber]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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Loc: Eden Prairie MN
 Originally Posted By: hillclimber
They have some sort of electronic 'dipstick', don't they? Surely, this is covered in the owners manual.

A car with no dipstick, insane.



They never included one. It was optional!!
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#1559428 - 08/09/09 12:14 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hpichris]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
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They really dont want the home mechanic working on these cars.But they forget about when the vehicle gets older.


Edited by lexus114 (08/09/09 12:20 PM)
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#1559432 - 08/09/09 12:17 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hpichris]
orlzx6r Offline


Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 169
Loc: Utah
Your C320 does not need a dipstick, Every time your car starts it checks the oil level and will tell you via the command screen if it's too low or high and it works really, really well. You can also manually check the oil through the "command" menus. You'll have to double check in the owners manual to find the proper menu screen.

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#1559434 - 08/09/09 12:21 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: orlzx6r]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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Loc: Eden Prairie MN
As much advancements electronics have done over the years. I prefer seeing the oil level with my own 2 eyes.
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#1559494 - 08/09/09 01:12 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hpichris]
renos09ram Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
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Loc: NJ
I agree, Nothing beats a visual inspection. By the way before my wife and I purchased her car, she asked me if I checked all the fluids and I told her everything is right on the money, especially the oil looked really clean. Well when we stopped at the gas station a few months later I told her I would check the oil, so she wanted to watch so she would be able to do it on her own if need be. Well you should of seen her face when I couldn't find the dipstick and 10 minutes later a mechanic came out and said this Mercedes does not have a dip stick, I felt like a real...Dip stick.
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#1559502 - 08/09/09 01:19 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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Loc: Eden Prairie MN
Haha. It's not your fault. Anyways, stick with good "Euro spec" oil and you'll be fine.
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#1559611 - 08/09/09 03:02 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: hpichris]
renos09ram Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 110
Loc: NJ
I was reading the Mercedes manual and they specify Mobil 1 European formula 0w-40 / Penzoil European Formula Ultra 5w-30 / Quaker state European Formula Ultra 5w-30. Where can I find those oils, all they have at the normal auto stores are the American brand names? Will I do damage if I use something different, the manual makes it sound as if you would have a catastrophic failure if you don't use the above specified oils.
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#1559627 - 08/09/09 03:18 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
HTSS_TR Offline


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Mobil 1 0W40 at any auto parts store is the right oil for your car.
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#1559691 - 08/09/09 04:46 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: HTSS_TR]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Yup, M1 0w-40 can be found at most auto part stores, sometimes Wal-Mart, too.

The other two, well, good luck finding those - I only saw them on paper.

Also, the previously mentioned Castrol Syntec 0w-30 (GC) meets the spec for your car and can be found at most AutoZone and PepBoys stores. It's an excellent choice as well.

http://www.whnet.com/4x4/oil.html
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#1559695 - 08/09/09 04:49 PM Re: Mercedes C320 oil recommendation, oil level check? [Re: renos09ram]
hpichris Offline


Registered: 06/13/09
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Loc: Eden Prairie MN
 Originally Posted By: renos09ram
I was reading the Mercedes manual and they specify Mobil 1 European formula 0w-40 / Penzoil European Formula Ultra 5w-30 / Quaker state European Formula Ultra 5w-30. Where can I find those oils, all they have at the normal auto stores are the American brand names? Will I do damage if I use something different, the manual makes it sound as if you would have a catastrophic failure if you don't use the above specified oils.


As everyone has stated including myself, M1 0W-40 is easily available pretty much everywhere. My Autozone, O'RIley's, AAP, Walmart, Checkers etc all stock it.
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