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Location of oil dipstick in a C230?

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Hi all, first post here. I know it sounds like a foolish question, but when I visited my girlfriend out of state I did some basic maintenance to her '99 C230 Komp but couldn't find the oil dipstick. What I DID see was a little tube sticking up near the firewall and valve cover (passenger side). Is this where the missing oil dipstick goes? I'm I'm pretty sure that the '99 C230 still had a manual dipstick. I'm back home so I can't go there with a manual and check her car again.

Also, what would be the best place online to buy OEM Benz parts and have them shipped quickly to you door?

Thanks in advance!
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Thanks. Looked online and found the dipstick in a picture as you guys told me. I think I would've seen it in her car if it was there. Hard to miss in bright red. I just asked her to email me pics to make sure so we'll see.

So there should also be a tranny fluid dipstick where I originally mentioned?
Thanks for the help guys. I really want to make sure her car is OK but it's hard to do it from another state!

Below is a picture she sent me of the dipstick I was talking about (circled in yellow)

A little more research tells me that there should be a cap with an orange pin on it. Is that right? Can anything harmful happen from driving around without the cap, like loss of fluid?

Thanks again.


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Thanks all! Found the oil dipstick in a pic she sent me. I totally missed it (give me a break... it was dark, late, and I was tired!)

I don't know of any good shops in her area (Alfaretta/Atlanta, GA) so I made an appointment for this saturday at the MB dealer to put a new cap, check the fluid and replace it if necessary. Hopefully they won't charge me an arm and a leg. Any idea of how much a tranny fluid change can cost at the dealership?
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