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Old 07-18-2019, 08:00 PM   #1
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I have a 2019 LTV Unity that was built last fall and comes with the Mercedes V-6 diesel engine. A friend who knows mechanics well tells me because the vehicle has a particulate filter the engine requires a special kind of Mobil fully synthetic oil. I carry a quart of oil to add on long trips if I need it. I talked with my dealer in Wilsonville, OR today and asked if they had the special motor oil and he told me Mobil 1 fully synthetic 5W 30 was fine. My mechanically minded friend tells me Mobil 1 "Especial or ESP") 5W 30 is the right oil to use in my engine. Anybody know about this? Many thanks.

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I have a 2019 LTV Unity that was built last fall and comes with the Mercedes V-6 diesel engine. A friend who knows mechanics well tells me because the vehicle has a particulate filter the engine requires a special kind of Mobil fully synthetic oil. I carry a quart of oil to add on long trips if I need it. I talked with my dealer in Wilsonville, OR today and asked if they had the special motor oil and he told me Mobil 1 fully synthetic 5W 30 was fine. My mechanically minded friend tells me Mobil 1 "Especial or ESP") 5W 30 is the right oil to use in my engine. Anybody know about this? Many thanks.

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Your friend is correct. Mobil 1 ESP (Emission Systems Protection).

Warning about dealerships and service advisers not all are competent and knowledgeable.

I SCR just to become familiar with the owners manual.
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Suggest Kruse bottle to replenish vehicles DEF reservoir. The half gallon Kruse bottle can be refilled by a larger 2 1/2 gallon jugs. If you spill any DEF in the engine compartment, flush immediately with water.
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Consider purchase of a Scan Gauge II to monitor exhaust temperature upstream (EUP) of DPF. Elevated EUP indicates DPF regeneration. Avoid interrupting regenerations, three consecutive interruptions will trigger a CEL (check engine light). It can take anywhere up to a couple hundred miles of highway driving to extinguish the light. Regenerations occur about every 550 miles.

The picture captures regeneration in progress (1,212 Fahrenheit).
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Your friend is correct. The Sprinter requires a oil which meets Mercedes-Benz specification MB 229.52. The fine print on the back of the bottle will list which manufacturers specifications the oil is certified to meet. Note there is also an MB 229.5, which completely different and not appropriate - it has to be .52.

Mobil 1 ESP 5w-30 meets the MB spec. There is also plain old Mobil 1 5w-30 for gasoline cars sold everywhere - does not meet the MB spec. So look for “ESP” on the front of the bottle, and then read the back to see if it meets 229.52. Mobil 1 is likely the most widely available in North America, but there are other brands out there.
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Don't be fooled by Mobil 1 European Blend. Not recommended for MB Sprinters.
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Don't be fooled by Mobil 1 European Blend. Not recommended for MB Sprinters.


Don't be fooled by Mobil 1 [0w-40] European Blend [Formula]. Not recommended for MB Sprinters [that have a DPF].

There are MB Sprinters that don't have a DPF.

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During THE orientation (by the dealership's grand wizard) 3 weeks ago, we were informed the correct oil designated by M-B is Mobil 1.
Importantly, ESP was not uttered (but I could/should've used my E S P).
Thanks, all (and Bob...the Kruse DEF bottle seems nearly dummy proof...like the idea of dumping a 1/2 gallon Q.O.fillup-every other petrol fillup).
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Thanks, I stand corrected on that small detail. I often forget that this is a Sprinter Unity forum and we have members with MB Sprinter Vans weighing in on discussions here . Diesel Particulate Filters came out around 2008 long before MB / Leisure Travel Vans .

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Thanks, I stand corrected on that small detail. I often forget that this is a Sprinter Unity forum and we have members with MB Sprinter Vans weighing in on discussions here . Diesel Particulate Filters came out around 2008 long before MB / Leisure Travel Vans .
Not so quick there David. No corrections applicable here. You responded to the OP who clearly stated that he had a 2019 Unity with the V6 diesel engine. I do not believe that they are made without the DPF!

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