Mercedes-Benz (M-B) oil recommendations

This list appeared in the November-December 2003 issue of The Star, published by the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. These oils "were added" as approved for '98 and newer M-Bs with FSS, the Flexible Service System: Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula 5W-40 229.1 Pennzoil Synthetic European Formula 5W-40 229.1 76 Pure Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40 229.1 Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Formula 0W-40 229.1 Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Formula 15W-50 229.1 Valvoline SynPower Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-40 229.1 Castrol Syntec 5W-50 229.1 Castrol Syntec 10W-40 229.1 Castrol TXT Softec Plus 5W-30 229.3 Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 229.3 Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 229.3 The biggest surprises were the appearance of the dreaded "Q" and "V" oils. [Big Grin] And no Amsoil, Royal Purple, or Red Line? Or were they on the original list? (Remember, these were additions.) And what about German Castrol?
 
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Thanks for the posts, thanks Quatro Pete. I am more curious, about why the Q and V "dreaded" line. I know the crowd was a bit down on V, but both have shown OK UOA's...especially Q. (I think there were a few mediocre V's with lot's of "weak add pack" comments)
 
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I have to admit that I am swayed by the M-B listings because they do give a good SPECIFICLY FOCUSED indication of how well an oil performs...and one of my cars IS German: an Audi. However, always keep in mind that M-B testing is just that: testing oriented to their engine design, construction materials, service monitoring systems AND a specific oil filter...see the caveat in the 229.5 listing. You should play close attention to ACEA testing as that better indicates the qualities of an oil in general applications. Cheers.
 
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