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Date registered: Jul 2005
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RE: New DIY Pictorial Oil Change
Gregs210, nice job on the diy oil change and pictures. I downloaded the pics and will keep them for future reference. One comment though, it is easy to go overboard when worrying about your Mercedes. Let's remember that the E320 is a German Taxicab and it is built for a lot of abuse from all over the world. When we first had our 98 E320, synthetic oil was not even required, that came later. I think any kind of synthetic oil is better than the old common engine oil. Any good quality engine should do just fine, as long as you do not run low or wait too long between oil changes. -- The engine holds 8 1/2 quarts of oil. Why? I would imagine to a) extend the period between oil changes and b) for engine cooling. Therefore, if you happen to have oil a little below the 'add oil' mark on the dipstick, or if the engine oil light comes on, don't go racing around! Take it easy until you have a chance to add oil or have the oil changed. -- Also, I see no reason to buy 9 quarts of expensive synthetic oil, when 8 quarts will do. Top it off later on when the dipstick is half way down between the marks.