Mercedes-Benz Approved Engine Oils

By far the best place to find Mercedes-Benz maintenance and service information is in the operator’s manual that came with your car. If you don’t have the manual, note that Mercedes-Benz USA recommends using factory-approved service products explicitly approved for your vehicle model. Below you’ll find recommendations published by the manufacturer for engine oils that we gathered for you.

Be aware that all engine oils vary in quality.  The most common ratings are provided by:

  • ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Européens d’Automobiles)
  • ILSAC – International Lubrication Standardization and Approval Committee, and
  • API (American Petroleum Institute).

For Vehicles Without Flexible Service System (FSS or FSS PLUS) – U.S. vehicles Model Year 1997 and earlier:

Side Note: The “Flexible Service System (FSS) – Mercedes-Benz (1998 and newer) use a Flexible schedule for maintenance called Flexible Service System (FSS). The system is designed to offer a flexible service schedule which is directly based on driving habits. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer if you need further explanation.

Again, Mercedes-Benz recommends the use of approved engine oils only. They are listed in the Mercedes-Benz oil specification “sheet 229.3 or 229.5″ which also meet ACEA and/or API classifications listed on the chart below. If a specific Mercedes-Benz-approved or recommended ACEA engine oil is not available, then an API engine oil meeting the recommended API  classification can be used.

Only engine oils (including synthetic) with any of the following classification grades, or combinations thereof, are approved according to published documents available from Mercedes-Benz for

“U.S. Vehicles Model Year 1997 and Earlier Engine Oils.”

Engine Oil Quality Designations

Mercedes-Benz recommends only the use of Mercedes-Benz approved synthetic motor oil for all vehicles equipped with the Flexible Service System (1998 & newer). Below is a List of Mercedes Approved Synthetic Engine Oil (1998 – 2004 Models):

  • Mobil 1 SuperSyn European Car Formula 0W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • Castrol Syntec European Formula 0W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • Pennzoil European Formula Ultra 5W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • Quaker State European Formula Ultra 5W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • ELF Excellium 229.5 5W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • Mobil 1 ESP Formula M 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.5
  • Mobil 1 SuperSyn European Car Formula 0W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Castrol Syntec 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • ELF Excellium LDX 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • ELF Excellium LDX 0W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • 76 Pure Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Kendall GT-1 Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Motul 8100 E-Tech 0W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Motul 8100 X-Cess 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30* | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 | MB Sheet: 229.3
  • Valvoline SynPower MXL 0W-30*| MB Sheet: 229.3

List of Mercedes-Benz Approved Synthetic Engine Oil (2005-2009 Models):

  • Mobil 1 SuperSyn European Car Formula 0W-40
  • Castrol Syntec European Formula 0W-30*
  • Pennzoil European Formula Ultra 5W-30*
  • Quaker State European Formula Ultra 5W-30*
  • ELF Excellium 229.5 5W-30* Mobil 1 ESP Formula M 5W-401
  • Valvoline SynPower MST 5W-30*

* Not approved for use in AMG engines.

NOTE: As of model year 2007 diesel engines must only use 229.51 approved engine oil.

Conventional petroleum based oils are not recommended for vehicles equipped with the Flexible Service System (1998 & newer) but maybe used for older vehicles (1997 & Earlier).

What viscosity?
Always refer to a viscosity chart for the proper viscosity grade based on ambient temperature for your area.

Side Note: Viscosity is defined as the resistance of a fluid to flow. A highly viscous substance does not readily flow. For example, thick syrup has high viscosity while water is a fluid with low viscosity. Put simply in everyday terms (and for fluids only), viscosity can be thought of as “thickness.”

Also note that the viscosity chart below – published by MB in “Factory Approved Service Products August 2007″ -  supersedes ALL previously published viscosity charts; again,  according to published documents available from Mercedes-Benz. Contact a Mercedes-Benz dealer or independent shop if you have questions.

Select the appropriate oil viscosity based on the lowest air temperature expected before your next oil change.

Engine Oil Viscosity Chart from Mercedes-Benz

The table below was published by Mercedes-Benz in November 2008. It provides the Mercedes-Benz approval number; check your Operator’s Manual for the engine type of your model.

Engine Type
MB Approval Number
Approved Oil Viscosity Range
113 229.5 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
155 SLR 229.3 5W-50
156 229.5* or 229.51 0W-40, 5W-40
272 229.5 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
273 229.5 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
275 229.5 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
642 229.51 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40

*156 engine using 229.5 should use only SAE 0W-40 oil

Factory-approved service products are available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer as well as independent shops and auto supply retail outlets.

Side Note: According to MBUSA,
“Every Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. – no matter how old, how many miles its odometer reads, or how many owners it’s had – qualifies for Roadside Assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you ever need assistance while traveling in your Mercedes-Benz, just call 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES (1-800-367-6372) for our 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.

Our Roadside Assistance technicians know Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and they’re well prepared to handle unforeseen roadside complications. They´ll jump start your battery, bring you a few gallons of fuel to get you to the next filling station or change a flat tire using your spare, all free of charge. So you can be confident that help is there when you need it most.”

You can obtain a copy of the Roadside Assistance Program “brochure” from the MBUSA website here – look under the Roadside Assistance tab and look for the brochure link. It is a good idea to have a copy in your car.



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23 Comments so far »

  1. Steve Marchino said,

    Wrote on August 26, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    What viscosity oil is recommended for my 1998 Sl500 Sport ?

  2. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on August 30, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Steve,
    If you don’t have an original manual, call your local MB dealer – service center. Best to get it from the manual or MB directly.

  3. Alex said,

    Wrote on September 2, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    And what about ARAL oil?

  4. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on September 3, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    The best is the oil recommended by the manufacturer; see your vehicles manual. If a substitute meets all of the specs, then it is up to you whether or not you want to use it.

  5. Moblie 1 0w-40 - Page 4 - Benzworld.org - Mercedes-Benz Discussion Forum said,

    Wrote on September 12, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    [...] be 229.31 or 229.51. I googled the reference and found that the original seems to have come from an AMG forum. There the * indicates that the particular oil is not approved for AMG [...]

  6. oil weight quesion - Page 2 - Benzworld.org - Mercedes-Benz Discussion Forum said,

    Wrote on October 5, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    [...] the Castrol 0W-30 is a 229.5 oil, it is not approved for use in AMG engines while the M1 is. See here. I do not know if this is an official MB position or not. Rumple [...]

  7. karo kyurin said,

    Wrote on November 18, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    is ESP M 5w-40oil ok in 2002E55 AMG engines.

  8. Hans said,

    Wrote on July 28, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Why is Redline synthetic oil, the best of the crop group V
    oil, not recommended by Mercedes ? Mobile I is only a group IV oil and has not near the specification like Redline .
    The viscosity oil recommendations are way to low for engines with over 50,000 miles. I use Redline 10W-40 and my engines sounds much quieter .

    Thanks Hans

  9. Dan Taylor said,

    Wrote on October 1, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    What oil weight should I use with my 2003 ML 500?

  10. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on October 2, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Dan,
    The recommended oil weight is listed in your official manual. If you don’t have the manual, you can find the manuals for Mercedes-Benz vehicles online (google search or check the website mbusa.org for more info).

  11. wahid said,

    Wrote on December 1, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I have Mercedes c200 CDI (2002) engine number (611962 30 561103)what is the recomended Oil Viscosity and MB Approval Number ?

  12. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on January 10, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Best advice for oil viscosity is check the manual for your specific vehicle. Manuals are available online from Mercedes-Benz.

  13. Christian said,

    Wrote on April 19, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I have long suspected and still do suspect that Mobil and MB have a contract together. Its the only thing that makes sense. It is like Peak’s new contract to have its new synthetic oil be Formula One’s official oil, yet no one is even familiar with how good their new oil is. But contracts and $$$ deals, take precedence.

  14. james duffy said,

    Wrote on August 10, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    You should use the heavier oil and not 0-weight in hot weather or with a high mileage engine. As an engine wears internally, its bearing and cylinder clearances increase with normal operation. Using heavier oil will make high mileage engines consume less oil and will help quiet loose pistons and bearings. Never use 0-Weight unless you are driving to Alaska in the dead of winter in a brand new car.
    If its an old car, use at least 10W so it won’t knock and throw a rod.

    Duffmeister

  15. Hans said,

    Wrote on August 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Some live life by the “BOOK” the smart ones use Book’s and commonsense.
    Preferable use MB recommended oils as long a Vehicle is under warranty but then quickly use higher viscosity oils like 5W-40 or 10W-40 especially for higher mileage engines except in cold climates like Alaska.Your Engine will sound quieter and last considerable longer. I have great experiences with TOTAL Synthetic oils. Avoid Castrol Oils, Castrol may have one oil approved by a manufacturer but there so call t full synthetic oils are lower quality. Remember the Law Suit between Mobile and Castrol? Because of TWISTING AND FACTS TURNING lawyers today just about every oil producers in the USA sells “Full Synthetic Oils” which are NOT TRUE FULL SYNTHETIC OILS and can only be sold in the USA.Always compare the specifications of oils like Flashpoint etc.
    A Oil with the ratings of ACEA A5/B5 is always a great oil!

  16. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on August 15, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the insight Hans.

  17. beaubrunmec said,

    Wrote on December 1, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    What oil should i use for my bez c230 compressor

  18. Austin said,

    Wrote on January 1, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    I have a Mercedes E420 with a M119.975 V8,quad cams,32 valves, flat bucket tappets… the motor has currently 138,470 miles with an upper end and seals timing chain all replaced, same cams and mains… was thinking about using a 5W-or 0W-40 full synthetic, although most I have talked to so far have recommended using the diesel oil Delo 400 15W-40, I would think this was too thick, learning about wear on startup etc…..

  19. Adil said,

    Wrote on January 18, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I have E300 Turbo Diesel. with 196k on, but very sound engine.
    What should be the best option for me. thx. Adil

  20. Adil said,

    Wrote on January 18, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Wrote on January 18, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I have 1999 E300 Turbo Diesel. with 196k on, but very sound engine.
    What should be the best oil option for me.
    presently using Chevron Delo 15-40 living in California.

    thx.

  21. Chester Cowin said,

    Wrote on August 6, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil once a year or every 7,500 miles in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. For diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines, the usual recommendation is every 3,000 miles or six months.

  22. Brian Colquhoun said,

    Wrote on February 6, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    What engine oil should I use on my E430 4 Matic (2001) are there alternatives.

  23. Greg Magnus said,

    Wrote on February 17, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Brian,

    WRT the engine oil for your E430 – go with the recommended oil in your manual. You can find most Mercedes-Benz manuals online now.

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