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#1 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 06:57 PM
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What type of oil should I use?

Hi, I recently bought a 1988 190E. It has 200,000 miles on it and runs very good. What kind of oil should I use for this car with high mileage?
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2.3 or 2.6? check your manual, i dont know the exact weight for yours but we use
sae10w-30


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Mine is a 2.3, the car doesn't have a manual and I haven't bought a Haynes manual yet.
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W126 '20w50... friction at start up worries me,' interesting discussion re the lack of ZDDP in the now re formulated motor oils.
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i use 10-40 or 10-30 depends on whats in the garage...


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i personally use Pentosyn 10W-40 synthetic, have had no problems so far
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Why Synthetic? I just use Castrol GTX 10w-30. I thought putting synthetic in an older car ruined the engine.


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ah, the ol'which oil question. Some light reading, pay attention to all *'s.

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Why Synthetic? I just use Castrol GTX 10w-30. I thought putting synthetic in an older car ruined the engine.
oh boy, ..i hope synthetic doesn't ruin old engines...

What my mechanic explain to me is, It is always best to use synthetic oil, but is not really recommended on old engines because synthetic oil is thinner than normal oils, and can leak thru old gaskets and cause minor oil leaks.

He went on to say if i dont notice any leaks, then there is absolutly no problem for using synthetic, he actually recommended it.

Also, the pentosyn synthetic 10W-40 was recommended to me by 3 certified mercedes shops, i called them up and asked them what was the best oil to use in a '90 190E and they all recommended Synthetic either 10W-40 or 10W-30
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