Many of the dealers are doing top side oil changes now. M.B.DOC swears by it. The new ML is actually designed for top side changes and trying to do it any other way can make a real mess. You can see your oil thru a small plastic tube as it is sucked out.
I bought my Topsider at BOATER'S WORLD here in Atlanta. Any good marine supply store should have one. It was $45. It holds a little over 8 quarts of oil...perfect for my E430. Since my oil filter is located in the top / front of the engine, oil & filter changes are a snap.
Bill Wood - Webmaster
[This message has been edited by Webmaster (edited 09-07-1999).]