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Jackie - you may not have a dipstick. My 2004 CLK does not have one.

You can flip through the Instrment cluster displays to find the right page. As you said it will not give a readout unless the car is
a) level, b) oil is hot, c) engine is off. d) oil has had time to drain

So you can only do this when you finish a ride.
Park on the level. Turn off the engine. Return in 5 minutes and turn the ignition to position 1.

Now the display will advise on your oil level. (OK, or add xx litres)
I may be wrong, but I believe the 2003 CLK model is the pre-facelift? If so, then Jackie may share the same M112 engine both Musikmann and I have. If so, then it most likely would have a dipstick.

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There are no transmission fluid dipsticks in some of our cars, but I thought they all had oil dipsticks(?) Someone please correct me if I am wrong here.

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Mine doesn't work properly for some reason, I forgot what it says when I try to look at the oil level, I think it said the engine has to be turned off or something, I couldn't get it to measure my oil level.
While the engine is running?

So tell us about your other car. The one that has you in the habit of having the engine on when checking the oil.

355? 911? Or?????
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While the engine is running?

So tell us about your other car. The one that has you in the habit of having the engine on when checking the oil. 355? 911? Or?????
FOCROTFLMAO Marcus,

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However, just to be on the safe side, you should still check oil level with your dipstick every so often too.
Than being on practical side I never did that in last 8 years. (do we always have to have different opinions Musikmann?).
MB is not only having the oil level display on the cluster, but it will warn you about low oil level long before the level would drop to danger level, what would trigger red alarms.
To read the oil level on the cluster the engine must be off for some time. I remember like 10 minutes. I usually did it in the morning before starting the car.
That was till I figured out, that our ML is not burning the oil and I am safe for 13,000 miles till next change.
Older models don't have the 12-month intervals. We usually drive 18 months between the changes on our 99 models.
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There are no transmission fluid dipsticks in some of our cars, but I thought they all had oil dipsticks(?) Someone please correct me if I am wrong here.
Sorry if I mislead... I am talking about my W209 - facelift CLK which has no engine oil dipstick. It relies entirely on the electronics to check the oil level.

I was told by the local MB dealership that on later models the dipstick was restored again, so possibly the 'experiment' was not a success. Believe me, I would prefer to be able to visually check the condition of my engine oil. How else would I know of a head gasket failure by the presence of water in the oil?
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While the engine is running?

So tell us about your other car. The one that has you in the habit of having the engine on when checking the oil.

355? 911? Or?????
I don't have another car right now. The one I had before this one was an Accord. I never checked my own oil before to be totally honest and never used a dipstick I usually just take it to the mechanic/dealer because I don't know how to anything at all with cars. I'd rather have a professional do it.

I didn't know about turning the engine checking the oil because I thought the steering wheel control could measure it while it was running. I guess not

I do know that you're not supposed to leave the engine running if you check it yourself because it's dangerous, but I never checked my own oil to be honest. I usually have someone help me or take it to a mechanic...

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I have an 03 CLK320 . I got it from the dealer and already drove 6k miles on it.

Will it automatically tell me when I'm supposed to do an oil change or should I just do it every so many miles?

10,000 Miles is the NORM, but nothing prevents you from changing out your easy to get to OIL FILTER at mid-range!
I just cannot get my mind around changing the Oil at 10,000 miles!
I change my Oil out at 7,500 miles with a fresh Oil Filter.
I dunno, maybe it's my own personal hang up.

Am I the only one here who finds 10,000 miles kinda creepy?

It's like the "LIFETIME" Transmission Oil. Puh-leeze!
Every 2-3 years, no more.

I dunno; I think it's just me...

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^^Yeah, 10,000 makes me nervous too even with synthetic. Maybe if it was all highway driving but if a lot of it was city I would probably change it sooner

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I do know that you're not supposed to leave the engine running if you check it yourself because it's dangerous,
That's not the main reason. In theory you could check the oil level with the engine running and not get hurt if you were careful. The main reason is that when the engine is running a lot of the oil is up in various parts of the engine, so the level will read low even though the car is not really low on oil. That's why it should sit for at least 10 minutes--so the oil can drain back down into the oil pan.
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Than being on practical side I never did that in last 8 years. (do we always have to have different opinions Musikmann?).
To be totally honest, I don't do it that much either. When I do, it is mainly to see how clean/dirty the oil looks to me. Admittedly, it's not that empirical an evaluation (what do I know?) but it makes me feel better if it looks clean.

We do have some differing opinions, but why don't we just "agree to disagree" Kajtek1?

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