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Old 11-13-2007, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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P/S fluid

MB brand only or can we use others ?
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MB purists will tell you that you must use MB brand but I've had Valvoline SuperSyn in my ML430 for about 6 months and in the ML320 for about 1 month. So far, no issues and they're both actually quieter. The MB brand is NOT synthetic.
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MB purists will tell you that you must use MB brand but I've had Valvoline SuperSyn in my ML430 for about 6 months and in the ML320 for about 1 month. So far, no issues and they're both actually quieter. The MB brand is NOT synthetic.

Hello Mitch. Looks like that is actually approved by Mercedes.

Here's the list:

Approved Dexron III Automatic Transmission Fluids for M-Class W163 Power Steering
Castrol Dexron-III/Mercon ATF F-30341
Castrol Transmax M-22257/22096
Chevron ATF Dexron III F-30108/30159
Citgo Multi-Purpose ATF D-21571
Exxon Superflo ATF Dexron III F-30111
Havoline ATF Mercon/Dexron-III F-30321
Texaco ATF Mercon/Dexron-III F-30321
Pennzoil ATF D-22413/F-30110
Quaker State Dexron-III/Mercon F30161
Sunoco ATF Dexron-III/Mercon F-30176
Unocal Multi-Purpose ATF D-22413/22431
Valvoline ATF Type D
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I would recommended MB fluid and it's not expensive. One bottle will last you a long time.
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I would recommended MB fluid and it's not expensive. One bottle will last you a long time.
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That is Mercedes part number Q1460001 for a list price of $8.50.

MBUSA recommends both:

MB Power Steering Fluid for W163 M-Class
MB Part No. BQ 1 46 0001
or an approved Dexron III ATF (see above)
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Hello Mitch. Looks like that is actually approved by Mercedes.

Here's the list:

Approved Dexron III Automatic Transmission Fluids for M-Class W163 Power Steering
Castrol Dexron-III/Mercon ATF F-30341
Castrol Transmax M-22257/22096
Chevron ATF Dexron III F-30108/30159
Citgo Multi-Purpose ATF D-21571
Exxon Superflo ATF Dexron III F-30111
Havoline ATF Mercon/Dexron-III F-30321
Texaco ATF Mercon/Dexron-III F-30321
Pennzoil ATF D-22413/F-30110
Quaker State Dexron-III/Mercon F30161
Sunoco ATF Dexron-III/Mercon F-30176
Unocal Multi-Purpose ATF D-22413/22431
Valvoline ATF Type D
The stuff I use is Valvoline 'Synpower' fluid. It is nearly crystal clear and doesn't smell as bad as the MB stuff.
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