Originally posted by Thomaspin
Is recommended by the manufacturer
Thomaspin, the reason MB recommends using a topsider is for economy in their service department, not because it's better for the vehicle. These manuals are mainly written for service techs that work at MB dealerships. They can change the oil much quicker with a topsider than draining to a pan or using a special oil change bay. For a dealership, time is money.