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Old 12-05-2003, 04:30 PM
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Question 2003 C230 Coupe Dipstick

Hi All,
I recently purchased a 2003 C 230 Coupe Commpressor. I go to check the engine oil under the hood and guess what... NO Dipstick. Mercedes says that since you can check it on the console screen that they don't bother with a dipstick, only a cap for them to suck out the oil.

I talk to the parts dept. and one guy says you can order one. They send me a A 111 010 1172 dipstick for 20 bucks. I put it in and it reads 1/2" above the max level. The car has 1400 miles on it.
I call the parts guys back and they say now that there is no dipstick for the car available. They now say there is a Mercedes Tool that you can buy to check the oil level that is 4 feet long. The dipstick they sold me is around 2 ft. long. Their tool can not be left in the car and is only for checking. They also say that the dipstick they sold me can not be relied on to give a correct reading.

Can anyone tell me which part of this nonsense is true? Is it just that the dipstick is slightly too long? or a little too much oil? I really like to visually inspect my engine oil to check how dirty it is. The dash wont tell me that.

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Old 12-05-2003, 05:37 PM
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The "shop" dipstick can't be left in the car & THEY should not ever sell the 111-010-11-72 for that model as it won't give correct readings.
IF you mark that dipstick(111-010-11-72) with the correct level from the inst cluster readings then you could leave it if so desired.
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Old 12-05-2003, 07:31 PM
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The shop-tool dipstick is measured in millimeters, so it won't really give you real useable information. It can be RELIED on to give an accurate reading, just a little too accurate and you'd need a chart to interpret the information, it's not like it has "full" and "add" on it or anything, it's used for several types of engines. I'd use the cluster.

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Old 12-05-2003, 07:44 PM
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Post Use The Cluster

1: Get in the car and close door.
2: Key in position 1
3: press and HOLD button on far left side of cluster for about 20 seconds, NOTE: you will here a beep at this time.
4: release the button
5: Use PAGE DOWN on steering wheel one time
6: Key to Postion 2. You will get some info in the display including cluster part numer, and OIL LEVEL.

You want to be level and let the car sit a bit before doing this. Reading should not exceed 7.5 on display. 7.3 - 7.5 seems to have worked really well. This is about 8 quarts of oil during a fresh change with filter.

Let me know what you think of this "TIP".


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Old 12-08-2003, 03:01 PM
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Thanks All,
I tried what Benz_tech suggested. The 2003 C-Sports Coupe only takes 5.8 quarts.
But the proceedure kind of works and shows 5.5 L. on the display.
I guess I will just mark the stick so I can at least see how dirty the oil gets.
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