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What brake fluid brand to use.

I have a 2004 Mercedes C230 Kompressor with 32,000 miles. I wanted to change the brake fluid. Is it ok to use ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid?

For the fuel system. Can I use Red Line fuel system cleaner or should I go with Chevron Techron. I use the ATE Super Blue and the Red Line in my 98 Boxster. Thanks.
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If I were you, I would use the brake fluid MB recommends.

Mercedes only recommends 2 fuel system additives: Chevron Techron and a privately labelled one you can buy from any dealership. This subject has been discussed ad nauseum on the various sub-forums.

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Thanks. I read here in the forum that everyone recommends the 2 fuel additives but I never saw it in print from Mercedes. Thanks for the attachment. Lay down til the nausea passes.
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I have a 2004 Mercedes C230 Kompressor with 32,000 miles. I wanted to change the brake fluid. Is it ok to use ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid?

For the fuel system. Can I use Red Line fuel system cleaner or should I go with Chevron Techron. I use the ATE Super Blue and the Red Line in my 98 Boxster. Thanks.
Rotating between ATE Super Blue & 200 is fine. That's exactly what I use. There are higher rated DOT4 fluids available (ATE is 536˚F/392˚F), but for me they aren't necessarily the *best*. As far as ratings go, Castrol SRF is the highest rated DOT4 that I know off. It's 590˚F/518˚F - and at $75 per liter it should be. This is compared to ATE, which is $12 to $15 per liter. Motul Racing 600 is also rated higher at 585˚F/421˚F, and is usually available at most motorcycle places (sport bike motorcycle places), but I prefer ATE as the color lets me know when the flush is complete.

I don't use any fuel cleaners. I don't think they hurt, but I don't use them.
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If I remember right, the official MB brake fluid is basically ATE Gold from Germany. I do the same thing - alternate between ATE Gold and Blue. ATE is used by many Benz and BMW drivers, you can verify this by searching this forum and mercedeshop.com.
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Thanks for everyone's advise. I had already picked up a liter bottle of MB brake fluid. I'll change it with MB brand this time and then switch to ATE. I also like the color change that ATE provides.
Reference the fuel additives. I purchased the 2004 C230 with 32,000 miles on it. I didn't know what grade of gas the original owners used (off brand or name brand). I use Exxon, BP, Texaco, Shell, or Sunoco. I'll use the additives probably every 10,000 miles in the C230. I put the Red Line in my Boxster (like 2oz) every other tank full. I'm most likely wasting my money, but I only put 3000 miles a year on it. I don't drive it on short distances and its a 2 seater with a family of 4. I wanted another German car due to the quality they make and I needed a 4 seater. Thanks again for everyone's help.
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