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Old 03-15-2003, 11:18 AM
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Smile 89-300CE - What kind of Transmission Fluid do you use?

I was just wondering what type of Transmission fluid "the majority" uses. OEM and "other manufacturers / brands.

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Old 03-15-2003, 11:51 AM
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I switched to Mobil 1 synthetic at 110,000 miles just to try to get as much life out of my transmission as possible. Synthetics allow transmissions to run a bit cooler, I've heard.
'93 400E
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Old 03-15-2003, 09:26 PM
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dexron mercon III is the current oil for the a/t. i have not seen enough info yet on changing to synthetic.
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Old 03-15-2003, 09:33 PM
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Ditto mbshop. I see you've been doing this for 30 yrs. Thanks for taking time to help the diyer community.

Havoline Dexron-III changed every 15,000 miles + new Mann filter and pan gasket that you do not want to over-tighten.

Synthetic for new cars....maybe??

Older just fine on the older stuff and frequent changes, be it oil, dexron, 80w-90, etc.
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Old 03-15-2003, 11:48 PM
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in colorado I switched from my old standby Castrol Dexron III to synthetic. synth is better in the cold mornings but noticed no difference otherwise.
Martin Ingram
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2005 320 CDI
2006.5 VW Jetta TDI
1991 560SEL (179000 Sold)
1972 280SEL 4.5 ('The Lead Sled' 320000 miles when sold.)
1972 220D (225000 when sold)
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:54 AM
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Thanks !

Thanks for the response. I too still beleive that the "regular" / "plain old" transmission fluid, when changed at regular intervals is fine. THis being my 1st MB, I just wanted to get an idea if anyone was using a particular brand.

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