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Old 05-27-2001, 10:32 PM
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Do you guys have a favorite oil filter brand for your vintage mercedes? What about a favorite motor oil?

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Old 05-28-2001, 12:51 AM
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Hengst for filters. I think that most will agree on far as oil goes, there will be many different favorites. I think there is a recent poll on this issue, that may help you out.
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Old 05-28-2001, 10:05 PM
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Mann or Hengst. Mobil 1 in ALL of my cars. Absolutely positively. I buy it from Walmart when they have the 5qt jugs on sale.
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Old 05-28-2001, 11:47 PM
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stock filters are fine.

mobil 1 trisynthetic or any synthetic is fine.
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Old 05-30-2001, 01:32 AM
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Definitely Mann, Hengst, Mahle or Knecht for filters. As far as oil goes, I stick with good old dino oil. Remember, these engines were made to run on regular oil. I use Castrol GTX or Agip Super 10W-40.
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:05 AM
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1. Keep life simple, forget most of the BS about synthetics; the only time you need synthetic is for consistently high temps over 210+ degrees, which few of us ever experience. Most of the crap about synthetics is marketing hype which needlessly wastes lots of money, and actually discourages more frequent oil and filter changes...the real key to what we are really after respecting engine protection.

2. Most other motor oil is also BS because it contains too much ash. ASH in motor oil?? Yep...and lots of it. Forget the marketing hype about that stuff too. Make life simple and less expensive: Go to Trak/Autozone, or similar, and buy their 1 gallon Coastal 15-40. Rotella, Delo, its all the same stuff...its LOW ASH. Its the good stuff for diesels. Believe me, if its good enough for million-mile diesels, its good enough for us. I use it in the airplanes too... because there is nothing better when you examine all the costs. My life is made a lot more simple: 1 motor oil for all my internal combustion engine needs.

Do the research...and stop wasting all that money, or feeling tempted to skimp on oil changes because of the sucker game of costly synthetic oils.

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Old 07-14-2003, 08:03 PM
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I second bstreep and Aaron -- use only German filters and known high quality oil.

Cheap oil is cheap because it isn't the quality of good oil, there is no free lunch!

Synthetics are better lubricants, but they cost more and may not be suitable for old engines.

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