I know, beating a dead horse, but I didn't notice a thread about oils with the 229.5 sheet (post 2005) cars.
My mother has a 2006 C280 that my dad has taken care of. Unfortunately he's the type who just gets an oil change when he remembers. Last oil change is now 9.5k miles ago and a few days ago the CEL came on, who knows what's wrong with it...
He also hates taking the car to the dealer (service is really not fantastic, and the services are overpriced iho), so he elects to take it to his mechanic. I'm sure the mechanic doesn't use things that are too shabby, but I told him I'd rather him take his own fluids there to make sure the car gets something proper if he's gonna neglect his car like this.
Anyways, on the manual it says it only recommends five specific oils for the car, and I'm wondering which is the best (M1, Castrol syntec, and three others), and I really want to know if I can use M1 EP in it.
Also, what filter would you recommend? I was just going to use an M1 EP filter.
Thanks in advance...
Welcome to the forum. I'm half in the boat with your dad (re dealers), except I'd make sure I was using an MB indie. Not too sure how hard you searched, Wolfgang's oil chart link has been plastered various places across this forum:
Mercedes-Benz Engine Oil Recommendations
The top section lists the 229.5 spec oils. The easiest and least expensive to locate is Mobil1 0W40, most WalMarts have it and all of the chain auto parts stores. Punch up your profile through the user cp link and add your location, you may get some recommendations for indies in your area.
I'd suggest you drift down to the W203 forum, that one is native to his car, and there you'll find lots of helpful folks who can guide you re: filters, etc. Heck, buy the fleece filter at autohausaz.com (buy a few of them, OEM is better than anything you're going to find at Checker or Pep Boys) and an oil extractor and the oil, then go over to your dad's and change his oil for him.
FWIW, 9,500 miles may well be on target. The car is equipped with MB's FSS which nominally marks changes at 10,000 miles, varied by driving circumstances.
Last thought, the car needs a LOT more than just oil changes. The services are spelled out in the manual, tied to the FSS, and while it's not important that a dealer do them, it is important that they be done. Things ignored or undiscovered through skipped services lead to breakdowns and major, expensive repairs.
Take care and enjoy the ride,