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Kind of oil you use?

Im getting my e190 start up and Im looking to get an oil change. What oil do I get? Im going for High Mileage, but what kind do you recommend? Is 5W-30 safe?
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Where do you live?

The service manual recommends 10w40 in the winter and 15w50 in the summer. But if I lived in a hot climate, I'd just stick to the real deal, ie 20w50.

I use 10w40, since it goes down to -40degC here.
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Toronto Canada. Its pretty hot here, sounds like I need 15w 50. thanks
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You should consider a good oil. The weight of course is important but the quality of the blend is key. I've been running Castrol dino for decades now. Many of my american cars have hit well over the 200k mark and one over 300k. Those that hit over 200k were sold, and I don't even know how long they lasted. One S-10 truck was over the 275k mark and I sold it to a guy who beat it to death for 2 more years I saw. It was a real oil smoker with Fire and Ice @ 65k, I changed to Castrol and in 2 changes it cleaned out and ran for all of those miles. No rebuild or failures.

If your car has been run on Dino oil for year...DON'T go to Synth. There is debate as to wether this is a good move. most good mechanics will warn against it. You will change oil leaks and possible other issues. MAYBE you will be fortunate and have no issue. Are you willing to chance it?

I usually run 10-30 when a car is young, and step up viscosities as the car ages or a blue puff starts out of the tailpipe. Then I upgrade.

In the 190E, I am still running 10-30, @ 180k, and am considering an upgrade to the next weight, but these cars seem slow in engine wear, if you keep after em.

Oh, and more important than any of this, keep good oil change intervals . I dump oil every 3-4000 miles. I change filters every other change. Do Not Overfill these cars.

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M1 15w50 every 7k miles.


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i change my oil every 3-4k and use mobile 5000 10w-30


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When I purchased my '89 190e 2.6 several years ago, an MB specialist told me that I should not use synthetic oil because it would produce leaks.

In spite of what he told me, I used Mobil 1 synthetic without any problems; in fact the engine ran a few degrees cooler and I did not detect any more leaks (minor)than before.

Then as an experiment I changed to Mobil 5000 Clean. No problems.

Then as a further experiment I switched to SuperTech from Walmart. No problems.
I did a lot of research on SuperTech and learned that SuperTech can be Mobil, Pennzoil,
Quaker State, Castrol, Shell, depending on what region of the country you live in.

Incidently, Castrol is a BP product.

Do a little Googling about SuperTech and you will understand what I mean. Walmart is not in the refining business, but it is in the marketing business.

It doesn't matter what brand of oil you use as long as you change it regularly. And why pay more for oil or gasoline than you have to to run these old, but wonderful cars?

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Mobil1 15-50 synthetic

#1. 1989 190E 2.6 Garage Queen 355 Diamond Blue Metallic, euro spec stuff, Borbet wheels, Stromung exhaust and much more

#2. 1989 190E 2.6 Daily Driver Blue Green,15" AMG monoblock wheels and tint
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Pennzoil 10W40

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You were maybe lucky. My point was wether a person wants to take the chance. In the W210 section some have had differing results, and in those engines (worse than the W201) headgaskets are a major issue.

Castrol makes a synth. I would call it a good oil, and Mobil 1 even better, but you take your chances switching over in an older engine that was run on Dino oil for years. It's a total change of chemistry as well, which is another shock to an engine when changed. This is why many mechanics will also say "stay with the same type of oil thruout an engines life" which is more critical from Dino to Synth.

But take your chances and hope you win. If you don't it's expensive.

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