No mess way
Firstly, let me state I agree with Larry, "change it hot and often". I use the gravity drain approach but am interested in the topsider approach mainly to get the old oil directly into the recycling container. Not having to remove the plastic under tray on the newer cars would also be nice. 400E mentions a clean driveway too. This is fine but, can anyone tell me how you remove an M103 oil filter without some oil leaking onto my previously clean engine (and the ground below)? Strangely, the same filter can be removed from the same location on my M102 without spilling a drop. My M116 in the SLC is the worst. I have to drain the sump, the separate oil cooler and remove the oil filter element from its canister which then should be cleaned out before fitting the new filter element. All very messy.
107.023: 350SLC, 3-speed auto, icon gold, parchment MBtex (sold 2012 after 29 years ownership).
107.026: 500SLC, 4-speed auto, thistle green, green velour.
124.090: 300TE, 4-speed auto, arctic white, cream-beige MBtex.
201.028: 190E 2.3 Sportline, 5-speed manual, arctic white, blue leather.
201.028: 190E 2.3, 4-speed auto, blue-black, grey MBtex.
201.034: 190E 2.3-16, 5-speed manual, blue-black, black leather.