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Re: Synthetics II

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Thu Oct  6 14:20:18 1994
> To: quattro@swiss.ans.net
> Subject: Re: Synthetics II 
> Date: Thu, 06 Oct 94 12:52:07 -0400
> From: "Richard McIntyre, APS Engineering 223-2379 ML05-2/E45" <mcintyre@eng.pko.dec.com>
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> >Geez...I guess noone has anything bad to say about synthetic oil in the
> >transmission...I guess I'll do it right away to my 5-spd...anyone
> >know how much it costs or any OIL RECOMMENDATIONS?
> I use Mobil 1 synthetic gear oil.  I forget the price, but it's not too bad.
> Seems like most decent auto parts stores stock it.

Folks, just make sure that what you're putting in is an approved
substitute for the factory-specified lubricant.  All the M-B's I've
owned used ATF (I believe Dextron II) whether the car had a manual or
automatic transmission.  The 5-speed 100CS also used ATF.  Since this
worked just fine no matter what the weather, I would question
experimenting with new and different fluids.  Especially with an
automatic, one can do a lot of damage if the new lubricant reacts with
the transmission's many components in an unfavourable manner.

M-B got so pissed-off at people monkeying around with the fluid in
their slushes that the dipstick is now sealed; removing it to
check or add fluid will break a tamper-proof seal that can only
be replaced by the dealer.  I think this is a good idea: in the event
of a transmission problem, the customer cannot be accused of
overfilling the transmission since the seal will show he/she left it

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
  1975    1978    1982       1986        1989      1992      1995
   VW ->  Audi -> Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi -> Mercedes
Scirocco Fox GTI  4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS     S320

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990     1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi  -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80      90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.