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Vehicle: ML320 2002 Cayman S 2014
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THOMAS R. SMITH
Technical Director, Valvoline Brand
November 05, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
Valvoline has received several inquiries regarding the topic of MaxLife ATF and its use in various vehicles. In
response to these questions Valvoline has issued the following statements:
Valvoline recommends MaxLife ATF in a broad range of transmissions. The list below is just a sample of
applications where Valvoline supports the use of MaxLife ATF. Please also note that MaxLife is a full synthetic
• Allison C-4
• Allison TES 389
• Allison TES 295 (extended drain with
appropriate used oil sampling)
• Audi G-052-025-A2, G-052-162-A1
• BMW LT71141 or LA2634 fluids
• Ford MERCON®, MERCON® V*
• Ford FNR5
• Ford MERCON® SP, MERCON® LV
• GM 9986195
• GM DEXRON® II, III and VI
• Honda/Acura ATF-Z1 (except in CVTs)
• JWS 3309
• KIA SP-II and SP-III Fluids
• MAN 339 Type F
• Mazda M-V
• Mercedes Benz Sheet 236.x (except 236.12 and 236.20)
• Mercedes Benz NAG-1
• Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II or SP-III
• Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J, and Matic-K
• Subaru ATF
• Subaru ATF-HP
• Toyota / Lexus Type T, T-III or T-IV
• Toyota WS
• Voith H55.6335.33 (G607)*
• Voith H55.6336.33 (G1363)
• Volvo 1161521 and 1161540
• VW TL52162
• ZF TE-ML-14B, 16L and 17C
• ATF 3403 M115
* Formal Approval
Valvoline has conducted in-house testing to support MaxLife ATF performance in these transmissions. However,
it is important to note that, other than where we have formal approvals, these vehicle manufacturers have neither
evaluated nor approved MaxLife ATF.
Valvoline stands behind all of its products, including MaxLife ATF. Use of MaxLife ATF in transmissions where
recommended by Valvoline WILL NOT void the vehicle’s warranty. Vehicle manufacturers are restricted by
federal law from including the requirement of the use of a specific brand or trade name of product or service as a
condition of their warranty. The following is an extract from the Federal Trade Commission’s web site on
interpretation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act:
Valvoline has conducted extensive testing and has a long history of successful use of MaxLife ATF in a broad range of
applications. In the unlikely event that you or your customer experiences any transmission damage while using
MaxLife ATF, please contact Valvoline at 1-800-Team-VAL for assistance.
While MaxLife ATF is designed to meet the special needs of higher mileage transmissions, new transmissions can
also benefit from its enhanced oxidation protection, shear stability, seal compatibility, and anti-shudder protection.
Many consumers have chosen to take advantage of this level of performance in newer transmissions.
Valvoline currently does not recommend MaxLife ATF where certain specific low viscosity ATFs are called for.
These include Mercedes Benz NAG-2, ZF Lifeguard 6 and 6 Plus, and AUDI G055-162-A6 and G055-005-A2
Valvoline does not recommend MaxLife ATF for use in most continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) unless
specifically noted nor in automatic transmissions where Ford Type F fluids are recommended.
Technical Director, Valvoline Brand
Ashland Consumer Markets
MB did not formally verified this but manufacturer thinks it meets MB 236.10 specification. This is the original but old transmission fluid specification which has been superseded (improved) twice over the past decade. Car is 12 years old and price difference for each qts is $12. Decision is yours.
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