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What is Redline Additive?

I have a 2008 ML320 Diesel.
I just had an oil change at my local MB dealer. Besides the synthetic oil there was also a charge for Redline Additive (costs of $16.98). I asked the service manager what exactly this was and he said that they add this to all MB diesels.
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Red Line is having good recommendations for their products, but on the other hand MB very seldom approves any additives to their cars.
I would ask again what exactly was added to your car.
Assuming that you are in US, the only oil approved for cdi engines is Mobil 1 ESP Fomula M
Make sure this is what they gave you .
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Ditto to Kajtek1. I seriously doubt that the stuff is an MB-approved product. I'm not saying it will hurt anything and if the dealer added it you should be covered if any warranty issues arise.

As an aside, even though MB offers their own fuel system additive, my dealer had never heard of it and instead uses some of the BG products. But again, probably harmless and not MB-approved either.

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Thank you for the reply.
I agree that MB probably does not approve the use of Red Line products. I am going to ask my dealer not to include this product in the next oil change. Attached is the Red Line site.
BTW... this was a $225.00 oil change with tire rotation. Talk about ringing the bell.
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From what I've heard, diesel oil changes are more involved and time consuming than those for gas cars. I would pay about $125 for what you had done.

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320cdi has lower oil capacity than 320 gasser. The only difference is that to get to the suction tube on newer engines you have to unscrew the cover.
Still 5-10 minutes job, assuming that mechanics, as usually cheat on oring replacement.
About $50 for oil, $12 for the filter, so aether price makes hefty hourly wages.
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Kajtek1, I thought there was some sort of moisture trap that needs to be cleaned or drained? What is that about the o-ring? But of course you are correct, the dealer labor charges are too high for most of what they do.

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Moisture trap? Never heard about.
MB filter shaft has several orings on it and this is the only item that can stain white gloves on oil change using suction. Replacing those orings takes usually longer than actual oil change and is not critical unless orings got cut.
How do you know for sure your orings were changed in the life of your car if you do oil changes at the dealer?
How do you know the filter was changed as a fact?
When I did my first oil change on the "dealer serviced" Mercedes, the filter was "extra crispy"
Don't think it become so brittle in last 13,000 miles if you follow what I mean?
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Thanks for additional info Kajtek1 and yes, I know exactly what you meant.

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