BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Dec 2009
Vehicle: 2008 ML 320 CDI and 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I have a 2008 ML 320 CDI with 42,000 miles on it, and want to change the transmission fluid and filter. My research has resulted in all kinds of confusing crap.
1. Is there a new oil pan that is sloped, with a white overflow tube that replaces the old pan and black tube? BT27.10-P-0006-01W. "Oil pan and overflow tube modified" for 722.901.
2. M-B dealer service rep tells me there is no such new pan and tube, and that a transmission service costs $355, and includes only 4 quarts of M-B fluid (@$34per quart!) and a new filter. He says they do not drain the torque converter. I know this tranny holds 9.5 quarts and this makes no sense to me. He says there is no way to drain the torque converter without using a flushing machine and about 20 quarts of oil!
3. An independent mechanic says that Chrysler ATF +4 from AutoZone is ok for this tranny, but I can find nothing that says it meets any M-B spec, as opposed to
AMSOIL which says it meets the M-B 236.1 and 236.4 spec.
Who the )(*&*(&%^ do you believe. Can anyone blow the smoke away from this nonsense?