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Old 10-18-2001, 03:36 AM
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Can someone please recommend one or two different brands of coolants?

I am going coolant shopping, can someone please recommend what to use in a really loved car? Thank you in advance.
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Old 10-18-2001, 03:40 AM
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I'm assuming this is for your MB...

1. Original MB Coolant (aka the orange stuff)
2. See No. 1 above
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Old 10-18-2001, 04:32 AM
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is this the brand? Is it called Original MB Coolant? Where do I get it, at the dealership?
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Old 10-18-2001, 05:33 AM
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Just go to your MB dealer and ask for MB coolant. It should come in a bottle with the MB logo, part number (Q 1003 0002) and other nomenclature on it.

You might want to check the following threads though:

MB says it's okay to use Prestone

MBZ Coolant Formula

Coolant RED vs. GREEN
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Old 10-18-2001, 06:39 AM
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Just run down to Walmart and get the Havoline 5 yr./100,000 mile stuff. It is orange and silicate free. The silicate free is the trick for longevity of antifreeze and compatibility for your vehicle. And for the record, M/B does not manufacture antifreeze. It is bottled for them. Buy which ever pretty bottle you like.
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Old 10-18-2001, 07:45 AM
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No, only use Mercedes-Benz coolant. If you do a search, you'll see why!! Do the search, and you'll come up with a wealth of info.
It's only about $11.00 and you get it at the dealer!
Good luck! :p
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Old 10-18-2001, 09:28 AM
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Thumbs up Keep it OEM

MB coolant all the way...forget the rest.
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I think dealers set their own prices.

My local dealer sells them for $13 per gallon.

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Old 10-18-2001, 11:23 AM
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I must stress only MB coolant, get it at the dealer.

Mine was around $13 a quart and in the scope of the cost of ownership the cost does not make that big of a difference.

It is orange and is the ONLY COOLANT APPROVED FOR YOUR VEHICLE
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Old 10-18-2001, 11:34 AM
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I read the article on Antifreeze in the Mercedes publication 'Star'. I use the havoline.

I have been around this block a few times. On an airplane powerplant by lycoming (the 360), an alternator belt used on that motor is the same $41 john deere belt. The only difference in the two is that lycoming takes the john deere belt, blesses it with various incantations, stamps a different number on it (FAA) and sells it for 3 times what you can get it down at the tractor place.

carry on.........
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Old 10-18-2001, 01:34 PM
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If the non-Mercedes coolant used has a different pH than the Mercedes coolant, havoc (chemically-induced erosion) is wreaked upon the plastic components in the radiator, leading to premature failure.
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Old 10-18-2001, 02:28 PM
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everything that goes into a GA plane is horribly overpriced.

$30,000 to rebuild a 4 cylinder air-cooled IO-360 pushrod is ridiculous.

How cheap everything would be if it were cheaper to get FAA certification on parts. Enter the world of experimentals...

have a great day,
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