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The Valvoline fluid does not appear to be approved.

"Suitable for use in..." by Valvoline is not the same as "MB Approval..."

Only those fluids listed in MB sheets 236.10 and 236.12 are approved by Mercedes Benz.
 

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I needed a quart of fluid, found that it meet the specification, used it and it works.

I am surprised to find the shift quality difference by simply being 1 quart low. Vastly improved.
 

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The Valvoline fluid does not appear to be approved.

"Suitable for use in..." by Valvoline is not the same as "MB Approval..."

Only those fluids listed in MB sheets 236.10 and 236.12 are approved by Mercedes Benz.
The latest sheet I seen no longer lists the 236.10. I now use 236.14 but that's not to mean if I had some 236.10 laying around that I wouldn't use it.
 

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Interesting for them to change the spec. I would guess for fluid consolidation.

In my W220 it was marked in between 3 and 4 on the trans dipstick. One quart took it perfecrly to the top off the hot mark. I checked it the following day after a long drive.
 

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The only way to know for sure of approval is to check the BEVO website. 236.10 is still listed, but not many on the list. 236.12 and 236.14 are the main sheets now.

Dean
 

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I still have 3 L of unopened MB label 236.10 ATF. All my vehicles now have 236.12 or higher. PM me if you are interested.
 
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