Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Let's clear up a couple of things...
First, MM, your car ABSOLUTELY requires the fleece filter, unless you're also deciding to use Dino oil and change it every 3,000 or 3,500 miles. Fleece goes with synthetic the way babies go with nightime feedings. (Post 1998 MB went to synthetic/fleece...)
Second, II Kings 920, oil should look dirty, and it will often do so even after just a couple of thousand miles. Detergent motor oils are designed to collect dirt and carry it through to the filter and suspend particles that are even too small for the filter media. So if it's black, that means it's doing it's job. If you want to be sure and still have a sample, send it in to a lab for analysis, I understand there are some who will do a single, first-time sample for free. As far as the filter, I can't recall ever seeing particles collected on a filter. Did you buy the car new? I'm wondering if some enterprising sort dumped a slick-50 style additive in there and that's what's floating around. Certainly a possibility. I think I might change the filter and top up the oil in perhaps 2,500 miles or so, if it still looks that way I'd definitely send in a sample for analysis.
Okay, I'm off to look up that Biblical reference, so take care and enjoy the ride,
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