Mercedes Motor Oil Types Specifications

In the late 80’s to early 90's Mercedes-Benz created an engine oil quality specification system and began recommending the use of oils in their engine that met their own specifications. The engine oil quality specifications and standards were put in place to ensure a higher level of quality engine oil would be used in their engines. Previously European auto manufacturers were recommending oils with API or ACEA oil specifications, which quality standards were broad and general and not as specific as the manufactured needed them to be. Mercedes Benz oil standards are primarily meant to ensure optimal engine reliability and longevity. There are approximately 10 active Mercedes engine oil quality specifications that have been established for their range of engines going back to the mid to late 1980’s. Each Mercedes oil quality specification is denoted by beginning with the letters “MB” and then followed by a four to five number sequence. The numbers signify necessary oil chemical properties and levels of performance required for the specific Mercedes engine application. In many instances, when Mercedes engines experience mechanical issues or failures, the cause of the failure is related to the prolonged use of low to mid quality engine oils that do meet Mercedes engine oil quality level or standard. Using the correct oil for your specific engine type, as suggested by Mercedes will offer the best possible engine performance, protection, and longevity. Below you will find a brief overview with a basic explanation of the Mercedes-Benz engine oil types and what engine application they coincide with.

How to confirm which Mercedes oil specification is right for your engine?

Always consult a service manual, or your owner's manual for your vehicle to confirm what type of specific fluids or oils are required for your Mercedes model. The recommended Mercedes oil quality standard and oil viscosity weight are specified in your owner's manual and can typically be referenced in the owner's manual index under engine oil, or operating fluids. If you have lost your owner's manual and are having difficulty determining what type of Mercedes oil to use, you may wish to refer to our BLAU® Oil Change Kits for Mercedes. Our oil change kits conveniently include the correct Mercedes oil spec, amount of oil, oil filter, and hardware for each specific model and engine type.

PAGE DISCLAIMER: The engine oil specifications provided in this article apply to Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, SUV’s and vans. The engine oil specifications do not apply to heavy duty Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles such as Detroit or Freightliner semi-tractor trucks. The Mercedes engine oil information on this page should not be used as a substitute for what your vehicle owner's manual, factory service manual, or authorized Mercedes dealer recommends. Consult your owner's manual for the correct type of Mercedes oil that is to be used for your specific Mercedes model. The Mercedes oil specifications referenced in the article are used internationally. However, the Mercedes engine and year applications referenced apply only to Mercedes models and engines available in the USA.

Recommended Mercedes Motor Oil Types

Recommended Mercedes Oil Specifications

Mercedes MB 229.71 Oil Spec

The Mercedes-Benz MB 229.71 oil quality specification was introduced around 2016, but was not recommended for oil change services until 2019. Currently, this engine oil specification is recommended for use in small displacement turbocharged 4 cylinder gasoline engine codes M260, M264, and M256 V6 engines from 2019 onward. It is also recommended for the new small displacement Mercedes diesel engine fitted in small chassis models offered in other parts of the world except for the USA. The MB 229.71 oil specification is a Mid-Low SAPS (Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) additive formulation developed for gasoline engines equipped with GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) and diesel engines with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) emission systems. The engine oil is formulated to achieve improved fuel economy and extended oil change intervals. The MB 229.71 specification requires a minimum high temperature and high shear viscosity of HTHS of 2.6 to 2.9 mPa*s and TBN (Total Base Number) of 7.5 or higher in a 0W-20 viscosity. The Mercedes-Benz MB 229.71 oil standard correlates with the ACEA C5 oil specification.

The transition into Low SAPS oils now being recommended for Mercedes gasoline engines, appears to be driven in part by a new tier of stricter EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) emission standards. The new tier standards are changing gasoline engine design technologies and also requiring some gasoline engines to be equipped with modern GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) emission systems. The new EPA standards that have been implemented are also driving change in different gasoline formulations which are now being distributed throughout the continental United States.

Important Note: To avoid or minimize engine related mechanical issues associated with Mercedes modern emission systems, use only high-quality engine oils which have the Mercedes-Benz MB 229.71 OEM Approval. If you find yourself drastically past your oil change interval, or you experience a low engine oil level emergency and your unable to source the MB 229.71 engine oil in your region, an oil meeting MB 229.51, MB 229.52, MB 229.61 with a viscosity grade of either SAE 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 could temporarily be used. If you cannot source an engine oil with the Mercedes approval, you could use an oil meeting ACEA C5 spec temporarily with a viscosity of SAE 0W20, 0W30, 5W30, 0W40, or 5W40. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.71 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, engine oils that have received the Mercedes Benz MB-Approval 229.71 have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of lubrication requirements. For the absolute best engine performance, always use an engine oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz MB-Approved 229.71 oil specification.

RAVENOL ECS 0W20
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.71 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval, stable to oxidation, minimizes wear, improves fuel economy, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL EFS 0W20
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.71 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval, excellent cold start characteristics, improved fuel economy and suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • No oil-related deposits in combustion chambers in the piston ring zone and on valves.
  • Resistant to oxidation, sludging, coking, varnish, corrosion, LSPI issues, and minimizes wear.

Mercedes MB 229.52 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.52 oil quality specification was introduced around 2012 in the USA. This engine oil formulation was primarily recommended for use in the Mercedes BlueTec diesel engines (engine designations OM642 3.0L and OM651 2.1L). The MB 229.52 specification is the updated version of the earlier MB 229.31 and MB 229.51 oil specifications. The latest MB 229.52 spec can be viewed as an improved oil specification and can be used in place of the older MB 229.31 and MB 229.51 oil specifications. The MB 229.52 oil specification is a Mid-Low SAPS (Mid-Low Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) additive formulation equipped with tier 3-4 emission systems (USA) and euro 5-6 emission systems (Europe) which require DEF (Diesel Emission Fluid). Using an engine oil with the Mercedes MB 229.52 approval will improve the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) emission system life expectancy. Additionally, the MB 229.52 oil formulation improves fuel economy to a greater degree over the earlier MB 229.51 and MB 229.31 specs. Additionally, MB 229.52 was engineered for extended oil change intervals and requires the oil formulation to meet a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity of HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s and a TBN (Total Base Number) of 6.0 or higher. Engine oils with the MB 229.52 standard, are typically available in viscosity weights of 0W-30, 5W-30 or 5W-40 and correlate to the ACEA C3 oil specification.

MB 229.52 oil specification has continued to evolve without the actual specification number changing. The formulation refinements have been driven by recent changes in diesel and gasoline engine designs. One of the latest formulation requirements is for its use in gasoline engines The oil must contribute to the degrease or the elimination of LSPI mid to low speed pre ignition issues in gasoline engine. LSPI problems have recently become more common place due to the new ethanol gasolines formulations and modern gasoline engine designs driven by EPA requirements. It is important to note, an engine that experiences prolonged LSPI issues can cause catastrophic engine failure (e.g. cracked pistons, amplified and advanced timing chain wear etc.). Consequently, it is crucial that consumers use the latest MB 229.52 oil engine oil when recommended which is formulated to minimize or eliminate LSPI in gasoline engines. The latest MB 229.52 oil specification is also engineered to improve fuel economy, provide better oil pumpability or viscosity flow, improved resistance to foaming, and more resistance to sludge oxidation.

The transition to using Low SAPS oils now being recommended for use in certain Mercedes gasoline engines is attributed to stricter EPA tier standards. New EPA standards in the United States are driving change in gasoline formulation with new fuel grades. Consequently, gasoline engine technologies need to adapt. The latest gasoline engines in the United States are being equipped with GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) emission systems. The MB 229.52 oil spec is now being recommended for select 2019 onward small displacement Mercedes gasoline engines equipped with those systems. The 2.0-liter M260, M264 and 3.0-liter M256 V6 gasoline engines are examples and were pretty sure there will be many to follow in the near future.

Important Note: The Mercedes MB 229.52 oil specification can be used as a replacement for the older MB 229.51 and MB 229.31 oil specifications. To minimize mechanical engine issues, use only engine oils having the Mercedes-Benz MB 229.52 approval and that have been recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you experience a low engine oil level emergency and need to top up the engine oil level, and are unable to source a MB 229.52 engine oil in your region, you could temporarily substitute with an oil meeting MB 229.51, MB 229.31, MB 228.52, MB 228.51, MB 228.31, MB 228.61 with SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade. If those MB oil specifications cannot be sourced, you could substitute a with SAE 0W-30 or 5W-30 viscosity oil meeting VW 507 00, BMW Longlife-04, Dexos2, or the ACEA C3 specification. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.52 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, 0W-30, 5W-30 or 5W-40 Low-Mid SAP engine oils that have received the formal Mercedes Benz MB 229.52 approval have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of lubrication requirements. For the absolute best engine performance, always use an engine oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.52.

RAVENOL HLS 5W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.52 Oil Specification

  • Performance synthetic base oil and exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Special MID SAPS low ash oil characteristics.
  • Recommended for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Supports diesel EGR and particulate filter emission system cleanliness and longevity.
  • Excellent cold start lubrication, shear stability, and fuel mileage improvement.

Mercedes MB 229.51 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.51 oil quality specification was introduced around 2009 in the USA. This engine oil formulation was primarily for use in the Mercedes CDI and BlueTec diesel engines (OM642 3.0L diesel). The MB 229.51 specification is the updated version of the MB 229.31 oil specification and can be used as an improved oil in place of the older MB 229.31 specification. The MB 229.51 oil specification is a Mid-Low SAPS additive (Mid-Low Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation for use in diesel engines with tier 2-3 emission systems (USA) or euro 5 emission systems (Europe). MB 229.51 extends diesel particulate filter (DPF) emission system life and is designed for extended oil change intervals. The Mercedes MB 229.51 oil quality specification requires the formulation to meet a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity of HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s and a TBN (Total Base Number) of 6.0 or higher with a 0W-30, 5W-30 or 5W-40 viscosity. Additionally, it requires the oil formulation to consist of a group III, or a mix of group III and IV base oils. Mercedes MB229.5 oil specification correlates to an ACEA C3 oil specification.

Beginning in 2019 the MB 229.51 oil specification also began being recommended for use in certain Mercedes gasoline engines. Recommending a low SAPS oil in modern gasoline engines is attributed to stricter EPA tier standards. New EPA standards in the United States are driving change in gasoline formulation with new fuel grades. Consequently, gasoline engine technology and designs have needed to adapt. The latest gasoline engines in the United States are being equipped with GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) emission systems and more complex internal engine designs. The MB 229.51 oil spec is now being recommended for select 2019 onward small displacement Mercedes gasoline engines equipped with those systems. The 2.0-liter M260, M264 and 3.0-liter M256 V6 gasoline engines are examples and in the future were pretty sure there will be many more to follow.

Important Note: To minimize mechanical engine issues only a Mercedes-Benz MB-approved oil quality specification recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are unable to source a MB 229.51 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise, or when oil change intervals are drastically past due, a VW 505 01, VW 507 00, BMW Longlife-04, Dexos2, ACEA C3 with SAE 5W-30, 5W-40 viscosity grade can temporarily be used. If those oils specifications cannot be sourced, you could substitute a with SAE 0W-30, 5W-30 or 5W-40 viscosity oil meeting an ACEA C3 specification. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.51 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, 0W-30, 5W-30 or 5W-40 Low-Mid SAP engine oils that have received the Mercedes Benz MB 229.51 approval have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of lubrication requirements. For the best possible engine performance, a Mercedes-Benz MB-approved 229.51 or 229.52 approved engine oil should always be used when recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

RAVENOL ALS 0W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51 Oil Specification

Ravenol Motor Oil ALS 0W-30 Fully Synthetic 5L
Special Price $48.76 Regular Price $60.95

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Meets stringent EURO VI, EURO V, and EURO IV emission standards.
  • Supports diesel EGR and particulate filter emission system cleanliness and longevity.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.

RAVENOL HLS 5W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51 Oil Specification

  • Performance synthetic base oil and exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Special MID SAPS low ash oil characteristics.
  • Recommended for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Supports diesel EGR and particulate filter emission system cleanliness and longevity.
  • Excellent cold start lubrication, shear stability, and fuel mileage improvement.

RAVENOL VMO 5W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51 Oil Specification

  • High performance synthetic with exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Special MID SAPS low ash oil characteristics.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Meets stringent EURO IV and EURO V emission standards.
  • Noticeable fuel economy improvement.

RAVENOL VMP 5W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Meets stringent EURO VI, EURO V, and EURO IV emission standards.
  • Supports diesel EGR and particulate filter emission system cleanliness and longevity.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.

RAVENOL RUP 5W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51 Oil Specification

  • Special fully synthetic group V and PAO base oils with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of molybdenum and tungsten to smooth the surface structure of the motor, reducing friction and wear, and significantly improving mechanical efficiency.

Mercedes MB 229.5 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.5 oil quality specification was introduced around 2009 in the USA. This engine oil formulation is a high-performance oil formulation primarily used in Mercedes gasoline engines and diesel engines without diesel particulate filter (PDF) emission systems. The MB 229.5 oil specification is a Full SAPS additive (Full Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation and is suitable for extended oil change intervals. The MB 229.5 oil formulation requires a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity of HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s and a TBN (Total Base Number) of 10.0 or higher in a broad range of oil viscosities, from SAE 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, and 5W-40. The base oil of Mercedes MB 229.5 formulation should consist of a group III or a mix of group III and IV quality level. MB 229.5 correlates to the European ACEA A3/B4 oil specification.

Important Note: To minimize mechanical engine issues only use a Mercedes-Benz MB-approved oil quality specification as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are unable to source a 229.5 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise, or when oil change intervals are drastically past due, an oil meeting MB 229.3, BMW Longlife-01, VW 502 00, or Porsche A40 oil specifications with SAE 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 viscosity grade can temporarily be used in its place. If those substitutes cannot be sourced, an oil meeting ACEA A3/B4 with a 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 viscosity could temporarily be used in its place. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.5 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 HI SAPS engine oils that have received the Mercedes Benz MB 229.5 approval have been tested more extensively than “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of requirements. For the absolute best engine performance, always use an engine oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz MB-Approved 229.5 oil specification.

RAVENOL SSO 0W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.5 Oil Specification

  • Advanced high Performance fully synthetic USVO & CleanSynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • High shear stability during high operating temps.
  • Reduces internal dynamic engine drag and increased fuel mileage.
  • Excellent lubriacation even in extreme below zero temperature.

RAVENOL HCL 5W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.5 Oil Specification

  • Performance low friction synthetic base oil and exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Low friction German oil for gasoline engines.
  • Reduces internal dynamic engine drag and increased fuel mileage.
  • Excellent cold start characteristics and shear stability.

RAVENOL SSL 0W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.5 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Improved mechanical efficiency and fuel economy with excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL VST 5W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.5 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL SVS 5W40
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.5 Oil Specification
High Mileage Engine Oil

  • Unique formula specifically developed to improve high mileage engine life expectancy
  • Special conditioners and cleaning agents to revitalize critical engine parts and protect gaskets. 
  • Excellent shear stability and added conditioners to reduce oil consumption and wear.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Outstanding detergent and dispersant properties to prevent sludge.

Mercedes MB 229.6 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.6 oil quality specification was introduced around 2016 in the USA. This specification and its formulation is engineered for high-performance and is primarily used in Mercedes gasoline engines. It also has been recommended for some earlier diesel engines that do not have diesel particulate filter (DPF) emission systems. The Mercedes MB 229.6 oil specification is very similar to the MB 229.5 oil specification, but the MB 229.6 formulation has more of the focus on fuel saving characteristics and improving soot control. The MB 229.6 oil specification is a Full SAPS additive (Full Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation and is very suitable for extended oil change intervals. The Mercedes MB 229.6 oil quality specification requires a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity HTHS of 2.9 - 3.5 mPa*s and a minimum TBN (Total Base Number) of 8.0 in the oil viscosities of SAE 0W-30 and 5W-30. MB 229.6 also requires a base oil consisting of group III or a mix of group III and IV and correlates to an ACEA A5/B5 oil specification.

Important Note: To minimize mechanical engine issues only a Mercedes-Benz MB-approved oil quality specification as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are unable to source a 229.6 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise, or when oil change intervals are drastically past due, an oil meeting Jaguar Land Rover STJLR.03.5003 or Volvo VCC 95200377 oil specification oil specifications with a SAE 0W-30 or 5W-30 viscosity grade can temporarily be used in its place. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.6 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, 0W-30, 5W-30 HI SAP engine oils that have received the Mercedes Benz MB 229.6 approval have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of requirements. For the absolute best engine performance, always use an engine oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz MB 229.6 approval.

RAVENOL SSV 0W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.6 Oil Specification

Ravenol Motor Oil SSV 0W-30 Fully Synthetic 4L
Special Price $39.96 Regular Price $49.95

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • Great cold start pumpability and shear stability with reduces internal dynamic engine drag and increased fuel mileage.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Excellent sludge, detergents, and dispersant cleanliness.

RAVENOL FDS 5W30
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.6 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil and exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Minimizes friction, wear, improved fuel economy, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL FO 5W30
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.6 Oil Specification

  • Modern high performance low friction synthetic with exclusive CleanCynto technology.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Excellent sludge, detergents, and dispersant cleanliness.
  • Excellent cold start characteristics and shear stability with reduces internal dynamic engine drag and increased fuel mileage.

Mercedes MB 229.31 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.31 oil quality specification was introduced around 2009 in the USA. This engine oil formulation was primarily used in Mercedes CDI diesel and some BlueTec diesel engines, for example the OM642 3.0L diesel engines. The MB 229.31 oil specification can be superseded to MB 229.51 specification since it is the updated formulation and technically, outperforms the earlier MB 229.31 spec. The MB 229.31 oil specification is a Mid SAPS additive (Mid Sulfated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) level formulation compatible with tier 2-3 emission systems (USA), euro 5 emission systems (Europe). This specification enhances diesel particulate filter emission (DPF) system life and is designed for extended oil change intervals. MB 229.31 requires a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity of HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s and TBN (Total Base Number) of 6.0 or higher. Additionally, it requires a group III base oil or higher and requires the viscosity weight to be 5W-30 or 5W-40. MB 229.31 correlates to an ACEA C3 oil specification.

Important Note: As mentioned earlier, Mercedes MB 229.52 oil specification supersedes and can be used in place of MB 229.31 oil specification. To minimize mechanical engine issues only use a Mercedes-Benz MB-approved oil quality specification recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are unable to source a 229.31 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise, or when oil change intervals are drastically past due, an oil meeting MB 229.52, MB 229.31, MB 228.52, MB 228.51, MB 228.31, MB 228.61 oil specifications with SAE 5W-30, or 5W-40 viscosity grade can temporarily be used in its place. If those substitutes cannot be sourced, oils meeting VW 505 01, VW 507 00, BMW Longlife-04 Dexos2, or an oil meeting the approval of ACEA C3 with a 5W-30 or 5W-40 viscosity could be used as a temporary replacement. When the correct Mercedes MB 229.31 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, Engine oils with the Mercedes Benz 229.31 approval are Mid SAPS oil and have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality and have a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of requirements. For the absolute best engine performance, always use an engine oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.31, 229.51, or 229.52.

RAVENOL VMO 5W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.31 Oil Specification

  • High performance synthetic with exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Special MID SAPS low ash oil characteristics.
  • Suitable for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Meets stringent EURO IV and EURO V emission standards.
  • Noticeable fuel economy improvement.

RAVENOL HLS 5W30
Meets Mercedes-Benz MB 229.31 Oil Specification

  • Performance synthetic base oil and exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Special MID SAPS low ash oil characteristics.
  • Recommended for extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Supports diesel EGR and particulate filter emission system cleanliness and longevity.
  • Excellent cold start lubrication, shear stability, and fuel mileage improvement.

Mercedes MB 229.3 Oil Spec

The Mercedes MB 229.3 oil quality specification was introduced around 2009 in the USA. This engine oil formulation is primarily used in Mercedes gasoline engines and many pre-emission diesel engines without DPF (diesel particulate filter) emission systems. Since its inception it has seen several formulation updates improving its quality level. The updates focus on better engine wear protection improvements and soot control. The MB 229.3 oil specification is a Full SAPS additive (Full Sulphated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation which requires a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity of HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s, and a minimum TBN (Total Base Number) of 7.0 and required to use viscosities grades of SAE 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40, 5W-50 and 10W-40. The MB 229.3 oil quality standards only require a group II base oil or greater and correlates to an ACEA A3/B4 oil specification.

Important Note: To minimize potentially serious mechanical engine issues, use only a MB229.3 spec oil with the formal Mercedes-Benz quality approval as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Mercedes-Benz MB 229.5 oil specification can be used in place of MB 229.3 as an improved high-performance oil. The MB 229.5 will offer improvements in reduced engine wear, lower piston carbon deposits, less oil oxidation, improved fuel economy, reduced engine emissions and better oil soot and sludge control. If you are unable to source a MB 229.3 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise, or when oil change intervals have been drastically past due. An oil meeting specifications MB 229.5, MB 229.6, or ACEA A3/B4 with a viscosity grade of SAE 0W-30, 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 could be used. It should also be noted that MB 229.3 oils receiving the official Mercedes Benz approval have been tested more extensively than popular “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower quality and have a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of requirements.

RAVENOL HPS 5W30
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.3 Oil Specification

  • Performance low friction semi-synthetic based oil with exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Excellent corrosion protection, cold start characteristics and flow.
  • Fuel economy benefits and optional for all operating conditions.
  • Excellent cold start characteristics and shear stability.

RAVENOL TSI 10W40
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.3 Oil Specification

  • Performance low friction semi-synthetic based oil with exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Quality hydrocrack and PAO base oils with good corrosion protection, cold start characteristics and flow.
  • Good abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and cold start characteristics.
  • Good detergent, dispersant properties for good engine cleanliness.

RAVENOL SSL 0W40
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.3 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Improved mechanical efficiency and fuel economy with excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL VST 5W40
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 229.3 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

Mercedes MB 229.1 Oil Spec

The MB 229.1 oil specification was a very early oil quality specification from Mercedes-Benz. The MB 229.1 oil specification is in the process of being phased out. Mercedes-Benz MB 229.1 oil specification have been superseded to using MB 229.3 or MB 229.5 as a replacement. Any Engine applications recommending the use of MB 229.1 should use either a MB 229.3 or MB 229.5 spec oil.

The MB 229.1 This engine oil formulation is primarily used in Mercedes gasoline engines and many pre-emission diesel engines without a diesel particulate filter emission systems or catalytic converter. The MB 229.1 oil specification is a Full SAPS additive (Full Sulphated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation and requires a minimum high temperature, high shear viscosity HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s, and a minimum TBN (Total Base Number) of 6.0. It was available in several viscosities from SAE 5W-30, 5W-50, 10W-30, 10W-40, 10W-60, 15W-40, and 20W-50. The MB 229.1 oil quality standards correlates the European ACEA A2/B2 oil specification. The ACEA A2/B2 oil specification is currently no longer being used by ACEA. In most instances, the MB 229.1 was being recommended, it also recommend an ACEA A3/B4 specification.

Important Note: To minimize mechanical engine issues use Mercedes-Benz MB 229.1 approved oil quality specification when recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are unable to source the MB 229.1 engine oil in your region when low engine oil level emergencies arise you could use a MB 229.5 or MB 229.3 oil specification with SAE 5W-40 viscosity grade as a substitute. As noted above, the MB-approved MB 229.3 and MB 229.5 oils will offer improved performance over the earlier MB 229.1 oil specification. The MB 229.3 and 229.5 oils offer improvements in reduced engine wear, reduced piston and piston ring deposits, less oil oxidation, improved fuel economy and improved soot and sludge control over the older MB 229.1 oil specification.

RAVENOL TSI 10W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.1 Oil Specification

  • Performance low friction semi-synthetic based oil with exclusive CleanCynto technology additive formula.
  • Quality hydrocrack and PAO base oils with good corrosion protection, cold start characteristics and flow.
  • Good abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and cold start characteristics.
  • Good detergent, dispersant properties for good engine cleanliness.

Mercedes MB 226.5 Oil Spec

Mercedes MB 226.5 Oil Spec is a more recent oil standard from Mercedes-Benz. This engine oil formulation is primarily used in Mercedes shared engine with Nissan, Infiniti SUV models, and European Renault gasoline engines. The MB 226.5 oil specification is a Full SAPS additive (Full Sulphated Ash Phosphorus Sulfur) formulation suitable for extended oil change intervals which requires a minimum high temperature high shear viscosity HTHS of 3.5 mPa*s and a minimum TBN (Total Base Number) of 10.0. The required viscosities are a broad range, from SAE 0W-30, 0W-40 to 5W-30 and 5W-40. The MB 226.5 oil quality specification will also typically correlate to an ACEA A3/B4 oil specification.

Important Note: To minimize engine mechanical issues, only use an engine oil that has the MB-approval 226.5 oil quality specification on the bottle label. If you find yourself drastically past due your oil change interval, or you experience a low engine oil level emergency and your unable to source a MB 226.5 engine oil in your region, a MB 229.5 oil specification could be used as a temporary replacement in place of the MB 226.5 oil spec. When the correct Mercedes MB 226.5 spec oil becomes available, it would be best to perform another engine oil change service as soon as reasonably possible. Remember, engine oils that have received the Mercedes Benz MB 226.5 approval have been tested more extensively than “off the shelve” oils which typically are lower in quality having a simple set of oil standards covering a broad and general range of lubrication requirements.

RAVENOL SSL 0W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 226.5 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • Improved mechanical efficiency and fuel economy with excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL VST 5W40
Meets or Exceeds Mercedes-Benz MB 226.5 Oil Specification

  • Fully synthetic PAO based oil with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • Extended oil change intervals when recommended by manufacturer.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine.

RAVENOL RUP 5W40
Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 226.5 Oil Specification

  • Special fully synthetic group V and PAO base oils with exclusive USVO and CleanCynto technology.
  • No shear losses during an entire change interval.
  • High abrasion resistance, oxidation stability, and excellent cold start characteristics.
  • Utilizes the positive properties of molybdenum and tungsten to smooth the surface structure of the motor, reducing friction and wear, and significantly improving mechanical efficiency.

BLAU® Oil Change Kits for Mercedes Models

Our BLAU oil change kits are the perfect choice for today's discriminating vehicle owners who desire only the highest quality products. Our kits are great for individuals who are serious about improving engine performance, efficiency, and longevity. Everything you need in one convenient kit for changing your engine oil. Leave the guesswork out of your next oil change. Our all-inclusive kits include the following:

Mercedes Oil Change Kit Example

  • Formal OEM approved engine oils that typically exceed or meet your vehicle manufacturers specific oil requirements.
  • Premium RAVENOL oils with advanced USVO and CleanSynto technology.
  • The correct amount of oil for your engine application and oil capacity.
  • OEM or better oil filter (Cartridge style filters include filter housing seals)*.
  • Drain plugs or drain plug sealing washer hardware*.

*see our online catalog product images showing what is exactly included in our kits.

Note: Keep in mind that some instant oil change service shops and even some reputable automotive shops may not be using the correct oil specification for your engine application. Commonly, a generic lower quality engine oil is used for all their oil changes. These oils are often not OEM approved or don’t meet the specified motor oil quality specification levels required for your specific engine application.

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Recommended Mercedes Engine Oil Types

Why choose RAVENOL engine oils for your Mercedes-Benz?RAVENOL Mercedes Motor Oil Types

  • Better HTHS, Noak, and TBN performance levels.
  • Better cold temperature pour and high heat flash points.
  • OEM approved quality levels confirmed directly by Mercedes-Benz.
  • Advanced USVO and CleanSynto technology.
  • Engineered with improved lubricating properties.
  • Longer oil change intervals and extended service life.
  • Better engine wear protection and improved fuel economy.
  • 100% engineered, made, and bottled in Germany!

About USVO® Technology

Proven German engineered CleanSynto® technology now with added USVO® technology. USVO® technology is ultra-strong viscosity oil based on fully synthetic PAO (Poly-alpha-olefin) and or Ester base oils. USVO® technology provides an extreme high viscosity stability and avoids the disadvantages of using added polymeric viscosity improvers. This allows for an exceptionally higher level of engine protection, performance, engine cleanliness and longer oil drain intervals. This exclusive technology allows the oil to have no shear losses during the entire oil change interval while being extremely stable to oxidation. This technology also helps the oil to flow and lubricate faster, minimize friction, supports improved fuel economy, and keeps the engine clean and efficient. Some USVO® technology engine oils also utilize the positive properties of molybdenum and tungsten to smooth the internal surface structure of the engine, reducing friction and wear, and significantly improving mechanical efficiency. All of this provides cutting-edge engine protection, performance, and cleanliness.

Simply put Ravenol USVO® technology oils are setting a new standard in synthetic oil technology! Compared to others, they are using superior fully synthetic engine oil formulations. Minuscule breakdown or loss in viscosity during an entire extended oil change interval. If you’re looking for some of the best engine oils available, the USVO® products are your best option.

About CleanSynto® Technology

CleanSynto® technology reduces the deposit of soot and dirt particles so that oil can reach critical lubricating points more effectively, keeping your engine clean longer. This can dramatically improve engine efficiency and significantly reduce the risk of engine problems and damage in the future. With conventional oils and even many synthetics use inferior refined base oils and conventional additives. This type of standard formulation is sufficient for some applications but provides less long term protection. Soot and dirt particles can leave deposits or sludge, which may result in blocked crankcase hoses, filters, pumps, etc. Engine efficiency and life span then begins to decline.

Ravenol is revolutionizing motor oil with CleanSynto® technology! Superior quality synthetic base stocks and advanced German engineered additive packages outperform other brands and provides maximum lubrication during extended mileage oil change intervals. CleanSynto® technology improves engine cleanliness thus maximizing the engine's life span.


Disclaimer:  Always consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid and oil requirements for your application. Always follow the vehicle manufacturers recommended oil change intervals. Blauparts and Ravenol are not affiliated with Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz AG, Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, MBUSA, its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, its licensors or any other vehicle manufacturer. All trademarks and OE specification part numbers referenced in this product listing are displayed for identification purposes only and are in no way intended to denote any affiliation with their corresponding owners.

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