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My service manager told me recently that Daimler-Chrysler is now recommending that we use Mobil 1 5W40 instead of the formerly suggested Mobil 1 0W40. He went on to say that D-C feels that the "new" oil holds up better - whatever that means - also

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Hi Greg,

Thanks for your comments. It kind of freaked me out too, since I have been trying to keep an eye on my oil level. I bought mine as a CPO and assumed that the oil was at an acceptable level 6 months/6000 miles ago too, but I don't know that. I also re-set my trip odometer when I fill the tank, and I'll start doing what you suggested (checking oil level too). I like your expression that the car "barks at you" by the way! Plus, I happen to be "one of the idiots" who ignored an oil light on my 1st car - my father's hand-me-down 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. As it turned out (I think) was that in those years, the light didn't come on until we were damn near out of oil - well, the engine freezed up

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Coincidentally, the re-run of "Tool Time" that was on last night was the episode where Tim comes in from trying to move Jill's car and asks her, "How long has the oil light been on?" And she replies, "What oil light?" He describes it ("little red light next to the speedometer, shaped like an oil can". She replies, "Oh, that. I don't know, two or three days." Tim, of course, explodes.
Just the timing of them airing that episode cracks me up.

FWIW, you'll use more oil if you do more short-trip driving (only you know for sure!), and let's assume it wasn't "full" when you bought it, you could easily burn off a quart in 6,000 miles. Either way, live and learn, right?

BTW, I think the new 5W40 (I haven't actually seen it yet) is probably the new 15,000 mile Mobil1. Since it's engineered to last longer I'd guess it actually will "hold up" better as the dealer opined, but I'd guess if there's a warranty claim MB may argue. Assuming it meets the 229.5 spec, I may see if the local parts store will exchange the 0W40 I have on hand for the next change. I certainly never drive anywhere I'd need 0W anyway.

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FWIW, you'll use more oil if you do more short-trip driving (only you know for sure!), and let's assume it wasn't "full" when you bought it, you could easily burn off a quart in 6,000 miles. Either way, live and learn, right?

BTW, I think the new 5W40 (I haven't actually seen it yet) is probably the new 15,000 mile Mobil1. Since it's engineered to last longer I'd guess it actually will "hold up" better as the dealer opined, but I'd guess if there's a warranty claim MB may argue. Assuming it meets the 229.5 spec, I may see if the local parts store will exchange the 0W40 I have on hand for the next change. I certainly never drive anywhere I'd need 0W anyway.
Hello again Greg,

I was at the dealer today for my long-awaited, and after much consideration, transmission service -> That's another topic entirely.

The service manager was not concerned about my using 2 quarts (?) in my 6 months/6000 miles. He also said that Daimler-Chrysler does not get involved until we are using 1 quart every 700! Good God, now that would really freak me out! Actually, I take a lot of short trips too, but the majority of my 6000 miles have been highway, I'm guessing 80+ per cent.

Thanks for the further info about the 5W40 too. I have been anxious, ever since hearing that, to change mine to that but my "B" service (going by the previous 'due in 2900 miles') will come up at close to 62,000 so I guess I'll wait until then. Like you, I don't need 0 viscosity oil here either.

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