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What's your opinion on adding Red Line Water-Wetter to the mix?
(Since your in the same neighborhood, and you know it's going to get hot.)
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I only use what Mercedes recommends. Both of my SL run right at the recommended temperatures be it winter or summer. To each his own. I've been doing this since I bought my first 300CD in 1980.
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What's your opinion on adding Red Line Water-Wetter to the mix?
(Since your in the same neighborhood, and you know it's going to get hot.)
Red line water-wetter definitely helps reduce temps and overheating on my off road motorcycle. Lot's of off roaders swear by it.

that said, haven't ever used it in cars, since I haven't had any that had any temp issues. I don't know exactly what is in it, but I suspect it has surfactants of some kind to provide better wetting action to metal surfaces and reduce small air bubbles from forming in hot spots.


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I don't think it's advisable, or recommended by MB, to add anything to your coolant. Some people say Zerex makes an acceptable substitute but I'll only use the MB branded stuff with no additives.

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It's my understanding that Zerox is the OEM for Mercedes antifreeze. The only difference between G-05 and MB Brand is the dye color. (and price)
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My 12 years old Mercedes with 200k runs cool at 102F outside even driven in the mountains.
In the past green coolant on our Volvo at lower mileage created so much build up in the radiator that I had to replace it just because of that.
$10 extra for MB coolant is still pretty cheap insurance for $800 radiator job.
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I don't think it's advisable, or recommended by MB, to add anything to your coolant. Some people say Zerex makes an acceptable substitute but I'll only use the MB branded stuff with no additives.
Since Zerex meets MB's coolant spec, they are "some people." BTW, do you know who makes MB's coolant in the US? Have a guess.
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If Zerex makes it for MB then it must be O.K. You work for MB so I guess you should know. I still don't think additives should be used though. Does Zerex G-05 cost that much less?

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I talked with an engineer from Zerex a few years ago and he told me that G05 is not identical to the Mercedes branded coolant, but it is pretty darn close. I usually throw a bottle of Water Wetter in when I do a coolant change. It's purpose is not to reduce coolant temperature, but to minimize temperature spikes under load, i.e. if your car's normal temperature is 80°, it is still going to be 80° with Water Wetter. However, if you usually spike up to 100° under load or in traffic, the Water Wetter will mitigate the temperature rise. I found this to be true on my 240D. It used to climb to the upper 90's when I went up a steep incline. Now it is rock solid at 80° all the time. I contribute at least part of that change to the Water Wetter - all of it I don't know for sure.

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