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Old 06-18-2017, 05:11 PM
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Need to change the conductor plate in my 2004 e500 and doing research. It looks like there are a few compatible oils listed on this thread. I want to do a few short mileage cycles between the next couple of oil changes to "flush" the transmission. It looks like valvoline maxlife, shell atf, and fuchs titan 4134 will all work. Has anyone on here actually run the maxlife in a 722.9?
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Need to change the conductor plate in my 2004 e500 and doing research. It looks like there are a few compatible oils listed on this thread. I want to do a few short mileage cycles between the next couple of oil changes to "flush" the transmission. It looks like valvoline maxlife, shell atf, and fuchs titan 4134 will all work. Has anyone on here actually run the maxlife in a 722.9?
Maxlife isn't actually on the list of approved 236.14 oils. Shell ATF 134 and Fuchs Titan are on the list. I would only use an oil that's on their approved list. Valvoline actually has some other fluid that's on the approved list, but not Maxlife. It might be ok as most automakers charge a fee to be on their certified list but why spend money on a fluid where the fluid maker is too cheap to have it on the approved list of the auto manufacturer?

http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevoli...nt_action=show

Besides, Shell ATF 134 isn't that much when you get it from a shell distributor. Around $60 for a case of 12 quarts.

http://www.shell.us/business-custome...RzL3B1YmxpYy8=
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Maxlife isn't actually on the list of approved 236.14 oils. Shell ATF 134 and Fuchs Titan are on the list. I would only use an oil that's on their approved list. Valvoline actually has some other fluid that's on the approved list, but not Maxlife. It might be ok as most automakers charge a fee to be on their certified list but why spend money on a fluid where the fluid maker is too cheap to have it on the approved list of the auto manufacturer?

http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevoli...nt_action=show

Besides, Shell ATF 134 isn't that much when you get it from a shell distributor. Around $60 for a case of 12 quarts.

http://www.shell.us/business-custome...RzL3B1YmxpYy8=

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Just ordered my Shell 134 from the Nevada Shell distributor. With tax and shipping it comes out to $8/quart. Not too shabby.
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It's too bad there wasn't one closer to you, it's probably the shipping charge that gets you up to $8 a quart. Still better than the $20 or so the dealer probably charges. Some distributors have multiple locations, but that shell site just lists their headquarters so you have to go to each distributor's website and see if they have any local offices.
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Yeah, I was a little surprised at the price after reading about the $60 a case people have been getting on here. Without shipping it was still $6.33/quart. With shipping it's only a few cents cheaper than Amazon. Oh well, as you say, it's still better than buying MB oil or even Fuchs. There must be some extra tax in NV or something. Shell has 2 distributor locations in Nevada and they're both at the opposite side of the state from me.
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How exactly do I find out what transmission I have? I'm confused on the 236.# and 722.#
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How exactly do I find out what transmission I have? I'm confused on the 236.# and 722.#
You have a 722 5g Tronic.
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722.6 is the code for the 5 speed transmission, 722.9 is the 7 speed in the E63.

236.10, 236.14 are the codes for the minimum specifications for the fluids they use. The later designation is newer and supersedes the earlier ones.
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Originally Posted by pearlpower View Post
OK, well, some updates.

I spoke in depth with Chris from Royal Purple.

First off, Royal Purple is aware of the confusion on their site/bottles and they have already changed the bottle labeling. All new bottles now going out the door state 722.6 236.12 (NAG1) and prior compatible. Notice not 236.14.

As stated here and elsewhere, those that have used the NEW MB OEM fluid have noticed shifting issues/soft shift ,etc when doing a complete flush in their 722.6 236.12 and prior transmissions. There is a reason for this.

The new MB OEM fluid is a lower viscosity fluid for fuel consumption purposes. MB states it is backwards compatible with the older transmissions such as the 5sp units, with the added issue of softer shifts,etc......

The Royal Purple viscosity is comparable to the older 5sp MB fluid which many seem to favor over the new MB fluid in the 5sp trans.

So if I were to throw something out there, the Royal Purple is a better fluid for the older 5sp transmissions vs. the new MB fluid. Makes sense?

Not enough field testing exist yet on the older viscosity fluid in the newer 722.9 transmission to allow them to place a stamp of approval on the product.
So I have an 09 ML350 which just hit 75k miles. I just finished up a fluid and filter swap along with the pan (new bolts and gasket kit from FCP) that somehow rusted away and caused it to leak. I had a friend who is a mechanic do the job for me and he used Valvoline Import which he has used in all of his other benzes (they happen to be 5 speed 722.6s so he figured it was fine for the 7 speed ML 722.9). Trans is shifting smoother than ever since my ownership which I acquired at 60k. I have gone less than 500 miles on the new 236.10 valvoline import fluid. Upon doing some research I had realized the Valvoline Import meets the NAG-1 (no idea what trans this is for) 236.10 and older spec but not the 722.9 spec. Everything I read states that the 236.14 is backwards compatible but nothing that states the 236.10 is forward compatible with the 722.9 trans. I am happy that the shifting and feel of the trans is way smoother than it was before but I am wondering if I should purchase some 236.14 fluid and drain and refill it ASAP to be on the safe side? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated...
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