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. And no Amsoil, Royal Purple, or Red Line? Or were they on the original list? (Remember, these were additions.) And what about German Castrol?