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hey everyone,
first time here, I have a w210 late 1996 build, I took my car to a different place than i usually would and mineral oil was put in the car instead of semi synthetic, he said it would be fine for it but it doesnt meet the 229.1 mb spec from what i have read. Done about 2000kms on it, Should i change it out as soon as possibe or change it at around 5000km.
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If you are like me, and i think you are ,,and you are sure the this oil is not up to spec .Then out it would have to come .And refill with the oil its been used to running on in the past ..
 

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What is the brand of oil that was put in and is it 10w40 ? 15w/50 ?
 

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Nulon premium mineral oil was put in 15w 40 ..... google it if you want (australian brand)
 

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Those cars were design to run on dino oils and dino oils are fine in them, but just like with androids, everybody wants new technology.
Synthetics do give better protection in critical situations, but won't change much for average driving.
You can study the subject, or take your mechanic word for it.
 

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Nulon premium mineral oil was put in 15w 40 ..... google it if you want (australian brand)
Should be fine for a 5,000 km oil change. The spec says that it meets API SL which is good for petrol powered vehicles manufactured before 2004.
 

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13k miles seems extreme for dino oil. Even for group III “synthetic.”

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13k miles seems extreme for dino oil. Even for group III “synthetic.”

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98 E320 wagon 197K miles
Not according to MB engineers.
When I switched to synthetics anyway, I had some oil reports done after 13k miles. Nothing wrong with going farther.
Here is the comment they gave me after testing 14,300 miles oil.
"KRIS: Though iron wear per mile may have increased a touch when compared to the 12,000 mile interval used for the first oil, we aren't concerned since wear/mile is still well below average. Universal averages for this type of 3.0L diesel are based on about 4,600 miles on the oil. All other metals are reading nice and low, as they should since iron is the only metal that tracks with use. The viscosity was correct for 5W/40 oil, and no contamination showed up. There was some soot in this oil, but we still think you can go even longer on the next oil. Try up to 16,000 miles next."
 
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