Yes, my SE is a W126. I know I'll be flxing my ignorance, but I have to be honest, what is the "filter lid" that you spoke of. I know the filter comes with a rubber gasket attached to it. Is the entire filter then enclosed in a metal cannister that you are referring to? I've seen some diesels that do that and some gas tractors as well. I didn't actually inspect the oil filter when I looked at the car. After screwing on the oil filter, is there a metal casing that screws on to cover the filter so it is not seen?