Engine Type for 1997 E320 - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Go Back   Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Sedan Forums > W210 E-Class
New User? Register - Forgot Password

BenzWorld.org is the premier Mercedes-Benz Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2009, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes E320
Location: Hampton, VA 23666
Posts: 71
Engine Type for 1997 E320

All,
I have 1997 E320 I would like to know what is my engine type so I can use the correct Oil? Can I use Mobil 1 0W-30? I've been used Penzoil Oil 15W-40 because the previous owner had used this type.

Thanks.
okiloveu is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-13-2009, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
BenzWorld Elite
 
Check Codes's Avatar
 
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
Posts: 27,446
Hey, Ok.

You have the 104 L6 engine, so you can pretty much use any quality oil.

If it's over 100,000 miles and always been run on conventional oil, I don't think I'd switch to synthetic, often that will cause seals to start weeping oil. Stay with a quality conventional, use the service intervals in your manual, and you get to use the cheaper paper oil filters, too.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
Greg

PS: Please take a minute and click the User CP link to complete your BW profile re: vehicle and location as that is often useful information.
__________________
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
Check Codes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
BenzWorld Senior Member
 
Bill A's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 555
No you shouldn't use Mobil 1 in that engine
Bill
Bill A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 05:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes E320
Location: Hampton, VA 23666
Posts: 71
Hi Greg,
When do I need to change the Cabin Air Filter? I have owned my car over 3 years I never change this filter. My car is 161K miles. I have onother question to ask you too. My AC/ heater blower seems to blow very weak. I don't have enough heat for the cold weather...The blower ran fine I have tested the AC dianostic...No error. How can I fix this problem?

Thanks a million.
okiloveu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
BenzWorld Senior Member
 
Bill A's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 555
A filter is a cheap investment
Bill
Bill A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes E320
Location: Hampton, VA 23666
Posts: 71
Can I use thinner oil Penzoil 5W-40 or any other penzoil oil?

Thanks.
okiloveu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 06:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
BenzWorld Senior Member
 
Bill A's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 555
Why do you want to use a lighter oil? A 5 or 10/ 40 is OK. Just not synthetic like M-1. I use a blend at 10-40 in my truck as well as my wife's GMC
Bill
Bill A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
BenzWorld Elite
 
loubapache's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2007
Vehicle: 03 E320 4M Wagon & 97 E320
Location: Western Michigan
Posts: 3,909
Quote:
Originally Posted by okiloveu View Post
Can I use thinner oil Penzoil 5W-40 or any other penzoil oil?
Yes, you can.

However a 5W-40 oil is most probably a synthetic oil and they are not easy to find. The Pennzoil 5W-40 you mentioned is probably the Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula 5W-40 and is not widely available.

The Pennzoil 15W-40 you are using is probably their universal oil that is for both gasoline and diesel applications (with API Sx/Cx). This is an excellent oil for your engine. If you search around, there are other members and myself (1997 E320) use various 15W-40 in the M104 engine. The brand could be Chevron Delo, Mobil Delvac, or Shell Rotella.

I do not know where you live. If you are not in a very cold area, the 15W-40 is perfectly fine and you can run a 5000 - 7500 mi change interval or 6 - 12 months, depending on your comfort level.

If you do live in a cold climate (as where I am) and want a thinner oil, there are various 10W-40 oils you can use. The Vavoline MaxLife is highly recommended. Or if you like the diesel oil (they tend to keep engine clean due to the extra detergent and additives), Shell Rotella comes with a 10W-30 and it is slightly thicker than most other 10W-30 oils. Most High Mileage 10W-30 oils are also a little thicker than the usual 10W-30s. I would stay with a XW-40, though.

Basically, that engine will not have oil related issues if you use a reasonably quality oil and change at reasonable intervals.

The reason many people do not recommend a thin Mobil 1 type of synthetic oil xW-30 on this engine is because the engine tends to leak oil. Mercedes have updated the head gasket many times but some still leak and more often is the leak coming from the front timing cover.

If you do have a leak (I hope not), Mercedes actually released a TSB for this. When you fill the engine with oil, do not fill more than half way between MIN - Max. In another word, just keep it a little below the half way mark between MIN - MAX and the leak will be much slower.

Last edited by loubapache; 02-13-2009 at 06:39 PM.
loubapache is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 06:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes E320
Location: Hampton, VA 23666
Posts: 71
I live in Virginia...A little cold climate...last month the temperature was 16 in the morning...If I want to stay with 15W-40, can I use other brands that you mentioned in the previous email or I have to stay with Pennzoil?

Thanks
okiloveu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 07:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
BenzWorld Elite
 
loubapache's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2007
Vehicle: 03 E320 4M Wagon & 97 E320
Location: Western Michigan
Posts: 3,909
Your temp is mild compared to us.

Almost any oil manufacturer makes a universal oil in 15W-40 that can be used in both gasoline and diesel engines of your car's vintage. They are all good. In additional to the popular ones ones I mentioned earlier, Vavoline, Castrol, Havoline, etc. all have a 15W-40 oil. If you want to stay with Pennzoil, that is fine too.

In the winter, you can use 10W-40 but the difference is really kind of small. The new 15W-40 oils are good bargains because, in order to meet the latest API CI/J-4 specs, the required base oil is of a higher quality.

There are many threads like this on various Mercedes forums so if you do a search, you can probably read for a few days.

Last edited by loubapache; 02-13-2009 at 07:29 PM.
loubapache is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Sedan Forums > W210 E-Class

Bookmarks



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
1997 E320 Engine Swap (No Start) CIG3 W210 E-Class 19 11-29-2008 07:21 AM
New Problem - 1997 E320 - Check Engine Light gradyjohnson W210 E-Class 5 08-12-2007 04:14 PM
2000 E320 vs. 1997 E320? Designo_E320 W210 E-Class 6 04-30-2007 01:03 PM
1997 E320 Check Engine Light - Misfire gradyjohnson W210 E-Class 8 04-10-2007 12:38 PM
What type of speaker is in a 97 E320? Ruffrob Audio & Telematics Forum 4 07-31-2004 11:26 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:44 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.