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09-24-2013, 06:31 PM
I used an MB 228.31 (Mobil Delvac 1300 Super) motor oil last oil change instead of the 228.3 that is called for in a 2006 OM 647 engine. Can someone tell me what's in or not in the 228.31 that will damage my engine. I see there are some OM 647 owners on this forum using the 228.31 with no apparent problems. Should I drain it and refill with the 228.3 if I'm only going to put 3-4 thousand miles on this batch of oil? Thanks

09-24-2013, 07:05 PM
There is less ash in it for DPF engines. I don't know how it could hurt your 2006 , but MB Bevo left 228.31 off the list for our T1N diesels even though 228.51, 229.31 and 229.51 are on the list of approved oils for us, which are also for DPF engines. It is a puzzle that only they can answer.

As you can see in the attached PDF, there are many oil specs approved for us on the line for diesel vans, not just 228.3, that was the one when manufactured, but now there are more options.

09-24-2013, 07:40 PM
I just ran 12K on the 1300 super, runs fine and I have another change to that again here next spring (I run the Mobil 0W40 in the winter here). I personally don't think there are any issues with using that oil at all in the T1Ns. My van ran great with it and that included 3K miles pulling the camper out to Co and back.


09-25-2013, 02:54 AM
Anyone know the cheapest oil by the drum that meets the MB spec list for the 2002-2006 models?

09-25-2013, 03:42 AM
The cheapest oil that I have found is Mystik JT8 15W40. It is 228.3 rated. I got some a while back at the local Fleet Farm for $25 / 5 gallon pail after rebate (limit 10 gallons). They just had the sale and rebate on here again recently. That is $5/ gallon for the oil. Good reviews at different places on the web. I can't even get regular oil for my car for that cheap anywhere. Anyway, I have 10 gallons out in my garage. I am all set on oil for my sprinter in the summer up to 2019. I do use the Mobil 1 0W40 here in the winter - too cold for the thicker stuff.


09-25-2013, 04:10 PM
Thanks guys, Ok but back to my original question. Is there anything in or not in the 228.31 formula that will damage my engine. I have the 228.31 oil readily available and will use it if someone with experience on working with this engine model (OM 647) can assure me that its an ok oil to use. Would also like to hear from people (with the 647 engine) with lots of miles under their belt who are using the 228.31 without any noticeable ill effects. Thanks

09-25-2013, 08:41 PM
I have been running Rotella T6 prior to this, it is 228.31 rated as are essentially all of the current 15W40 oils on the market. I only have 194K on my van, but have been running this for the last 80K since I have had the van and no issues. I wrote about this on another thread, but with ULSD I don't think there are any issues with 228.31 oils in the T1N. With diesel fuels that are not ULSD (available in other countries) 228.31 may be a long term issue due to the 228.31 package. That is to say, the base number approach is different in the 228.31 to get low SPASH. But, here in the US with ULSD 228.31 oils are just fine.