| This TSB was issued in 2001 and should still apply to car in
| E320). Whatever you buy, check that the container says MB229.3.
| Technical Service Bulletin - Synthetic Oil Recommendations for FFS
| a.. Oil: Technical Service Bulletins
| b.. Synthetic Oil Recommendations - For FFS Vehicles
| c.. Date: February 2001
| d.. Order No.: S-SI-00.40/71
| e.. Supersedes:
| f.. Group: 00
| g.. SUBJECT:
| h.. ALL MODELS
| NEW SYNTHETIC OIL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FSS EQUIPPED VEHICLES
| USA has changed the engine lubricant recommendation for FSS-equipped
| vehicles: effective immediately, Mercedes-Benz only recommends the
use of MB
| approved synthetic motor oil for all vehicles equipped with the
| Service System as of Model Year 1998.
| Mercedes-Benz recommends the use of Mercedes-Benz approved synthetic
| oils listed in the Mercedes-Benz oil specification sheet 229.1 or
| which also meet ACEA A3/B3 and/or API SH/SJ classifications. Oil
| specification sheets 229.1 and 229.3 for worldwide use can be found
| Workshop Information System (WIS). If a MB approved or ACEA A3/B3
| engine oil is not available, then an API quality engine oil meeting
| SH/SJ classification can be used. Optimal engine performance of FSS
| vehicles can only be maintained with the continued use of MB
| synthetic oil. Each Retailer will receive under separate cover a
copy of an
| updated "Factory Approved Service Products" booklet which reflects
| recommended use of only Mercedes-Benz approved synthetic motor oil
| vehicles equipped with Flexible Service System. The Factory Approved
| Products booklet lists recommended synthetic oils which are
available in the
| USA. All retailers are requested to immediately institute this
| from standard mineral oil to approved synthetic oil on all
| vehicles equipped with FSS technology. All owners of MY98 to
| vehicles will receive notice from MBUSA advising of this change in
| recommended engine lubricant. Clients owning MY00 and MY01-to-date
| Mercedes-Benz vehicles will further be informed that synthetic oil
| used as specified by the Flexible Service System and will be covered
| Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Commitment, at no expense to the client.
| Maintenance Commitment warranty claims submission process remains
| Synthetic oil should be claimed in a local purchase format.
| Engoil00550 with the respective quantity).
Thanks for posting the TSB from Mercedes-Benz.
As I stated before, the TSB only recommends - the TSB does not state
that the oil recommended is the only one approved for use in Mercedes
Benz vehicles. And, the TSB goes on to say that the MB 229.1 or 229.3
is equilvaent to the API Spec of SH/SJ or ACEA spec of A3/B3.
The information posted at the AMSOIL web site for the 5W-40 European
Forrmula states that it meets the API spec of SM/CF which exceeds the
API specifications put forth in the MB TSB and that it also meets the
ACEA spec of not only A3/B3-04 but also C3-04 which (again) exceeds
the recommendations in the MB TSB.
I understand your concern about using a lubrication not specifically
mentioned in the TSB. It is only because Mercedes-Benz has not
specically tested the AMSOIL lubricants and therefore cannot make the
statement that AMSOIL is known to MB to meet or exceed their
recommendations. In no way does this infer that AMSOIL lubricants are
not good enough to use in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Please click on the link below and read the statements yourself:
Take the time to look around the AMSOIL web site, see the statistics,
read about the company's rich history and how the AMSOIL lubricants
were developed. Once you have a thorough understanding of the company
and their commitment to excellence, you'll be a convert too!
You owe it to yourself and the customers you serve to investigate
AMSOIL lubricants. I know you have your customers' best interest and
want only to provide the most excellent care to their automobiles.
Once you come to understand that AMSOIL is the best, you will
naturally become the best recommendation that money can't buy!
If there are other questions concerning AMSOIL, please don't hesitate
to send me mail directly. If I don't know the answer, we have two
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