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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2009, 09:30 PM
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You may want to consider Mobil 1 15W-50 or Mobil 1 5W-40 Turbo Diesel Truck Oil. 15W-50 has ZDDP content of 1300 ppm, 5W-40 has content of 1200 ppm. Mobil 1 High Mileage 10W-40 has 1000 ppm of ZDDP, and 0W-40 has 1000 ppm. Seeing as you live in FL, any one of those four oils should be fine. Despite what folks say about 0W-40, it shouldn't be too thin, as it operates as a 40W oil at operating temps, and meets MB's specs.

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MB's Recommended Oils List: (scroll down to "For Vehicles Without Flexible Service System: USA vehicles MY 1997 and earlier")

1981 300SD DB881 ext./code #236 leather int. aka: thistle green ext./olive int.
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I heartily recommend diesel formulated oil for your older engine. You can purchase any of the name brand standard oils (non-detergent) in in the usual 15W40 almost anywhere. Don't be confused by the "Diesel" rating. These oils have been recommended by Mercedes for their older gas engines. The 15W40 oil is not listed in the manual that came with my '77 230 but it is listed in the MB comprehensive engine service manual. The oils are often described as being suitable for hard working Euro. gas engines. I use 15W40 in both of my gassers. Currently use Valvoline Blue. Since you live in a warm climate, this viscosity will be perfect for your engine and the anti-wear additive will protect your engine better than current low-pollution modern gas engine oils.
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