Mercedes Approved Synthetic Oils

Oils approved for use in Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Your Mercedes requires use of synthetic oils rather than natural oils. While many makes can use conventional, natural, petroleum based oils, your Mercedes functions at a higher level and offers up better performance, and in turn needs a more efficient oil.

Can I use any synthetic oil in my Mercedes?

Mercedes actually offers a set list of oils that can be used in their vehicles. This list is appropriate for models made during and after 1998:

Used on Mercedes-Benz Sheet 229.1:

  • Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Formula 15w-50
  • Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Formula 0w-40
  • Valvoline Synpower Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5w-40
  • Castrol Syntec 5w-50
  • Castrol Syntec 10W-40
  • Quaker State Full Synthetic European Formula 5w-40
  • Pennzoil Synthetic European 5w-40
  • 76 Pure Synthetic Motor Oil 5w-40

Used on Mercedes-Benz Sheet 229.3:

  • Castrol TXT Softec Plus 5w-30
  • Shell Helix Ultra 5w-30
  • Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40

How often will I need to use the specified Mercedes oil in my vehicle?

For most Mercedes models, you'll want to get an oil change every 5,000-7,500 miles. You'll also need to change your oil during A Service and B Service from your Flexible Service System.