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Approved ATF Discussion for 722.3 Transmission

Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
Regarding ATF fluid I would go with the Redline D4. Thanx Dave he posted here on board sometime ago how good is this oil and my brand new tranny is currently with the Redline d4.
Do not use Mobil ATF, good brand but looks like it does not fit/work good for our old tranny.
Also do not use OE MB fluid it is not suitable for our tranny as well. The good dealer will tell you that the bad (stupid) will put it in your tranny.
Somebody uses Valvoline but I would not do that cuz it sounds cheap and not trustworthy.

How is your R (reverse) on the transmission ? usually it gets bad at this mileage.
Never heard about Castol ATF but it should be good if Gerry approved that:approved: otherwise you can always charge him for failure of your tranny:agree:

At 200 000 you are looking at lots maintenance if you really want to bring it back to good shape ;) Do not think I am saying it is high mileage that is why it needs lots of repairs. Basically all cars with 100 000+ at this time due to age need lots of attention to be in a great shape. There is also famous "Gerry's rule of 5K" which is really true too.
 
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gerryvz

Site Honcho
Staff member
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Castrol Transmax ATF makes a Dex III spec "High Mileage" ATF in addition to their normal ATF. Both are easy to get at places like Autozone, etc.
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dare I post that I've had OE Mercedes 236.14 ATF in my reman MB transmission for 3 years. Perfect performance.

Used transmissions should stick with a Dexron III fluid though. As Dave says, Redline has excellent specs
 
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Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dare I post that I've had OE Mercedes 236.14 ATF in my reman MB transmission for 3 years. Perfect performance.

Used transmissions should stick with a Dexron III fluid though. As Dave says, Redline has excellent specs

Chain-Yank Master
Not sure what your fluid is based on number but the one which is currently at MB dealer is not suitable. I belive folks here said that and even dealer guys confirmed that to me.
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Not sure what your fluid is based on number but the one which is currently at MB dealer is not suitable. I belive folks here said that and even dealer guys confirmed that to me.
Let just say I'm a 30 year Mercedes technician, I know what I'm doing, and leave it at that.

Mercedes "has approved 236.10 and 236.12" fluids for use in 722.3 transmissions per WIS

I'm using the newest version of those which is 236.14
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Current specification sheet showing what fluid are approved for 722.3 and well as .4 and .5 4 & 5 speeds

236.10 and 236.12 are the MB fluid for 97 - 2010 transmissions

 

The Emperor

~BANNED~
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

It is wise ........ not to argue with my Apprentice Lord Vader.

His command of the facts is beyond dispute.

 

ltpowers

ltpowers
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Timely discussion on ATFs. I arrived in Virginia to bring the car home to MA to find the transmission fluid low on the dipstick. Local parts store only had Vavoline dextron 4. Doesn't that supercede dextron 3, so I can use it? I have to change transmission filter and fluid when the car gets home, so short term am I ok to use it?
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dexron-III (3) was replaced by Dexron-VI (6). The newer stuff is thinner viscosity and is technically backwards-compatible and ok to use. In reality, there is a possibility you may encounter flaring on upshifts if you use the new/thinner stuff. In the short term, yes, it would be fine... and if your tranny shifts ok with the thin stuff in there, you can continue to use it if desired.

:stirthepot:
 

Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Let just say I'm a 30 year Mercedes technician,I know what I'm doing, and leave it at that.
Mercedes "has approved 236.10 and 236.12" fluids for use in 722.3 transmissions per WIS

I'm using the newest version of those which is 236.14
Well, I am not trying to be mean to you but I ve never seen your car and cannot say how good you are. Could be the case you are very knowledgebale person but I cannot confirm that.

Unfortunately I met lots of "super" mechanics that did very weird things to cars. So now there is only 1 person to me who really knows how the car works without ANY books, WIS or so. So based on his experience and knowledge he pick the proper oil fluid and so.

Most of the ATF fluid will work and may be approved but very few works right.

So I have to appreciate Dave who kindly shared his experience with the Redline.

Just a reminder about Mercedes approvals. Mercedes claimed/approved lifetime fluid in 722.5 ? tranny (the one on 1997 CL500) . So somebody who is very good expert followed that and at low mileage I had to replace tranny becasue of the dirty fluid. Also please do not forget BMW approvals reagarding lifetime fluid in differential of Xi cars, engine oil at 18 000 miles and so on.
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dave and Gerry both know my abilities.

I'm not going to debate this with a non technician with no factory training.

I posted information from MB WIS showing it was APPROVED to use the new fluid.

That should be enough for you.

I don't think your "mean", just misinformed.

AND I did say with a used transmssion is is best to stick with Daves recommendation of Redline D4.

I hope this clears it up for you

As far as how good I am, ask Dave or Gerry in a PM

Chain-Yank Master
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Did I mention the new MB fluid has been in my new factory reman 722.366 for 3 years?

Perfect operation in every way.
 
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clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Just a reminder about Mercedes approvals. Mercedes claimed/approved lifetime fluid in 722.5 ? tranny (the one on 1997 CL500) .
The lifetime fluid bullshit was only in the US as a marketing trick by MBUSA.

The rest of the world used 40k OCI.

Mercedes changed that policy in 2003 to the 40K OCI

And it was the 722.6 NAG1

Not the 722.5 transmission

The "expert" that didn't change the fluid at 30-40k was no expert.

It was well known amongst the better dealerships that was a farce and we recommended that customes did the service.


Chain-Yank Master
 
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clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Well, I am not trying to be mean to you but I ve never seen your car and cannot say how good you are. Could be the case you are very knowledgebale person but I cannot confirm that.
Now you can say you've seen my car. 1993 400E

My apologies to the OP for all the thread highjacking.


 

Ascension

E420 Guru
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dave and Gerry both know my abilities.

I'm not going to debate this with a non technician with no factory training.

I posted information from MB WIS showing it was APPROVED to use the new fluid.

That should be enough for you.

I don't think your "mean", just misinformed.

AND I did say with a used transmssion is is best to stick with Daves recommendation of Redline D4.

I hope this clears it up for you

As far as how good I am, ask Dave or Gerry in a PM

Chain-Yank Master
I take it the D-4 is the recommended fluid for the trans in the E-420 also? Is the E-420 unit pretty much the same unit as the E-500? Looks like my 95K one owner E-420 has never been changed so that's on my ASAP to do list.
Let me echo the caution on the Dextron VI spec fluid as it is also in the books recommended for the AW unit in my Volvo. I am running it in that unit now and the consistency of the fluid itself is thinner so in an older worn unit it can cause some issues. I would be very cautious using Dex VI in an older unit designed for Dex III because of this.
 
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gerryvz

Site Honcho
Staff member
If you go with regular dino-base Dex III fluid I'd recommend a 25K interval .. 30K MAX. If you go with a higher quality synthetic like RedLine, you can go longer than 30K, perhaps 40K.

The factory spec is 30K with the Dex II fluids available at the time these cars were new (and Dex III now). I had a situation (you can see here) with difficult shifting and it turned out to be old fluid. I think it had around 40K on it, which is far too high for dino-based ATF.

Cheers,
Gerry
 

Ascension

E420 Guru
If you go with regular dino-base Dex III fluid I'd recommend a 25K interval .. 30K MAX. If you go with a higher quality synthetic like RedLine, you can go longer than 30K, perhaps 40K.

The factory spec is 30K with the Dex II fluids available at the time these cars were new (and Dex III now). I had a situation (you can see here) with difficult shifting and it turned out to be old fluid. I think it had around 40K on it, which is far too high for dino-based ATF.

Cheers,
Gerry
What has likely saved my unit is that this car was driven so little and that use was spread out so much that it didn't bake the fluid. I can document by service records she was driven less that 40K in 12 years. It's not smelling that strongly and is now the honey color of new motor oil even though it has 95 K and has never been changed.
Changing the fluid in the unit with the Redline D-4 will be the next step after the minor front end repairs ( left tie rod and damper) then alignment next week.
 
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gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
If you go with regular dino-base Dex III fluid I'd recommend a 25K interval .. 30K MAX. If you go with a higher quality synthetic like RedLine, you can go longer than 30K, perhaps 40K.
Ditto what Gerry said. Dino fluid is pushing the limits by 30k under normal service, and factory spec is 15k with severe service (city driving, idling, towing, etc).

Good synthetic ATF (D4, Amsoil, even M-1) can go substantially longer under normal service. With light service (almost all freeway miles) even 50-60k would be ok. This happened on my dad's 722.3 by accident and I was shocked that the trans still shifted flawlessly with 60k on the fluid (M-1) and the pan+fluid looked perfect. It was 60k of light service though. YMMV, yadda x3...

:stirthepot:
 

Klink

postwhore posterchild
Staff member
I only have Internet access for a few minutes so you guys will be mercifully spared any rants from me for a while. Regarding this transmission fluid thread: Clark's information is exactly right by the book and he's showing you the book. That's what I run in my transmissions after I "go through" them, and I would unhesitatingly use those new fluids in a transmission that is new or otherwise fully resealed. Dave's recommendations won't hurt a thing, and they may actually help, especially on older transmission, or one of unknown internal condition. On an older transmission or one of unknown condition, I also like some of these recent "high mileage" Dexron formulations just for the tiny bit of extra seal swellers in them.

My big problem with all of this is the filters. I vote to get them the hell out of there by 30,000 miles no matter what you do with your fluid.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Dexron-III (3) was replaced by Dexron-VI (6). The newer stuff is thinner viscosity and is technically backwards-compatible and ok to use. In reality, there is a possibility you may encounter flaring on upshifts if you use the new/thinner stuff. In the short term, yes, it would be fine... and if your tranny shifts ok with the thin stuff in there, you can continue to use it if desired.
The cSt@100°C is in the 5's

Like 5.8 or something, I would not use it in a 722.3

GM recommends it in all their older transmissions, but we don't drive GM cars
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

The cSt@100°C is in the 5's

Like 5.8 or something, I would not use it in a 722.3

GM recommends it in all their older transmissions, but we don't drive GM cars
Correct. This is the basic reason why I prefer not to use the newer Dex-VI fluid in my 722.3 tranny. It's technically approved but I like the original stuff.

:watermelon:
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Re: 200,000 mile service 1994 E500

Correct. This is the basic reason why I prefer not to use the newer Dex-VI fluid in my 722.3 tranny. It's technically approved but I like the original stuff.

:watermelon:
Your confusing Dexron VI with Mercedes 236.14

The are not the same spec, and Dexron VI IS NOT MB approved

Trust me on this one Dave

Dexron VI came out in 2006, I know because I ordered it from the dealer for my Eldorado.

236.14 is a totally different fluid and spec,
you won't find it anywhere in the approved sheets below

http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/236.10_en.html

http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/236.12_en.html

http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/236.14_en.html
 
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gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Right - MB spec is different than Dexron spec. Sorry for the confusion. Both Dex-VI and 236.12/236.14 are thinner viscosity than Dex-III or MB 236.10 (or older MB spec).

:wormhole:
 

jhodg5ck

"Nit-Picky and, Bitter Mechanic"
...and I run Type F or B&M trick shift synthetic in most everything I have...Pushing 10 years now in my white 91 SEC.

I'm a Big fan of the added Grab afforded by each.

jono
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
I only have Internet access for a few minutes so you guys will be mercifully spared any rants from me for a while.
Regarding this transmission fluid thread: Clark's information is exactly right by the book and he's showing you the book.

That's what I run in my transmissions after I "go through" them, and I would unhesitatingly use those new fluids in a transmission that is new or otherwise fully resealed.

Dave's recommendations won't hurt a thing, and they may actually help, especially on older transmission, or one of unknown internal condition.

Looks like we have 2 Mercedes technicians running the new MB 236.14 fluid in 722.3 transmissions with great results.

On fresh transmssions, like my new MB remanufactured 722.366 I recommend it, or a reman Sun Valley

As I said above, used or worn transmissions should stick with the older spec Dexron III

Dave's opinion on Dexron VI is valid, since he actually tried it in his car.

He never however tried the MB fluid, as such cannot make a judgement on it's performance like Klink and myself.

I have 3 years under my belt with the MB fluid and I hammer my car.
 

Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
I was always amazed how some people trust books or instrcutions ....

Anyway , totally unexperienced, untrained and uneducated guy (me) claims that best option so far for 722.3 tranny is Redline D4 :cheers1:
 

M104-AMG

Member
...and I run Type F or B&M trick shift synthetic in most everything I have...Pushing 10 years now in my white 91 SEC.

I'm a Big fan of the added Grab afforded by each.

jono
Please read the attached PDF.

Commercial TO-4 fluid gives the "grab" of Type F, and has all the special additives for drivetrain longevity. SWEPCO 714 20wt is the "hot ticket" for Porsche 928 automatic tranny's, because it is a TO-4 fluid, and the 928 automatic is 90+% our 036 tranny.

Since 2002, I've been alternating between SWEPCO and Petro-Canada (great exchange rate) TO-4 fluid, and have good success and longevity.

:) neil

http://www.500eboard.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=28985&d=1398703571

Excerpt:
Transmission fluids for passenger cars may be divided into two groups: those that
contain friction modifiers, and those that do not. Friction modifiers are special additives
that make the fluid more “slippery” under certain operating conditions. Until the
mid-1970’s, Ford produced transmissions with relatively small frictional surfaces. The
bands and clutches had to be applied quickly with high pressure to prevent overheating
and wear caused by excessive slippage. This required a non-friction-modified fluid with
a higher static coefficient of friction than dynamic coefficient of friction.

Requirements of Commercial Transmission Fluids
The fluid requirements for automatic and semi-automatic transmissions used in larger
commercial vehicles are defined by manufacturers such as Allison (Type C-4) and
Caterpillar (TO-2, TO-4). The frictional requirements for Type C-4 and TO-2 fluids are
very broad. Both specifications can be met with friction-modified passenger car ATFs
and tractor hydraulic fluids, or with non-friction-modified heavy-duty engine oils and
Caterpillar TO-4 fluids. On the other hand, the newer Caterpillar TO-4 specification calls
for a fluid with substantially different frictional characteristics (more like a Type F fluid),
improved wear protection, and enhanced seal and friction material compatibility. The
demanding Caterpillar TO-4 specification defines a fluid that is essentially a unique,
specialty lubricant.

Powershift transmissions used in off-highway construction equipment have different fluid
requirements than passenger car automatic transmissions because of higher load factors
and the use of a wider variety of clutch materials. Current passenger car ATFs are
friction-modified for smooth shifting, whereas commercial powershift fluids are not
friction-modified in order to obtain the highest clutch and braking capacity. Powershift
transmissions require more active antiwear and EP protection than passenger car
transmissions because gears and bearings are much more heavily loaded. Passenger car
ATFs use a viscosity modifier to give good low temperature performance, whereas OEMs
such as Caterpillar and Komatsu prefer monograde oils (i.e., no viscosity modifier) that
are not susceptible to shear so that the gears obtain maximum oil film thickness.
European OEMs such as Voith and ZF also have a high shear stability requirement for
transmission fluids used in their commercial transmissions to assure adequate film
thickness. Powershift transmissions use a wide variety of clutch materials, such as paper,
elastomeric, bronze, and graphite, whereas passenger car transmissions use mostly paper
friction materials.

In 1991, Caterpillar issued a new specification, TO-4, with significantly enhanced
performance requirements for their newer equipment designs using new and diverse
friction materials. This specification replaced the older CD/TO-2 specification. The
differences between CD/TO-2 fluids and TO-4 fluids were highlighted in Team News 4.5.
Suffice it to say that the differences in viscometrics (shear stability), additive chemistry,
and frictional performance are substantial. Whereas a wide variety of oils met TO-2
requirements, only specialized lubricants meet TO-4 requirements. TO-4 fluids are
formulated to eliminate transmission slippage experienced with many CD/TO-2 engine
oils and to provide significantly improved friction and antiwear performance, resulting in
longer equipment life and reduced risk of field failure.
 
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clarkz71

Clark Vader
I was always amazed how some people trust books or instrcutions ....

Anyway , totally unexperienced, untrained and uneducated guy (me) claims that best option so far for 722.3 tranny is Redline D4 :cheers1:
First, I said you were a non-technician, and non factory trained
I never questioned your education or automotive experience,
don't put words in my mouth

I'm not trusting books or instructions.

I spoke with several MB engineers and a petro chemical engineer before I used this fluid.

I do have connections after 30 years in the business

Besides the fact, I'll say it again, 3 years later and the transmission shifts like a new one.

I drove hundreds if not thousand of new MB's with 722.3 transmissions, so I know how they shift.

Use what you want Roma, with a used transmission like yours, Dexron III or the D4 is "your" best bet

Just don't doubt or discount the words of Klink and myself, 2 different MB technicians
with many years of actual experience.

If you haven't tried the MB fluid, don't judge it.
 
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Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
I'm not trusting books or instructions.

I spoke with several MB engineers and a petro chemical engineer before I used this fluid.

I do have connections after 30 years in the business

Besides the fact, I'll say it again, 3 years later and the transmission shifts like a new one.

I drove hundreds if not thousand of new MB's with 722.3 transmissions, so I know how they shift.

Use what you want Roma, with a used transmission like yours, Dexron III or the D4 is "your" best bet

Just don't doubt or discount the word of Klink and myself, 2 different MB technicians
with many years of actual experience.

If you haven't tried the MB fluid, don't judge it.
I have a brand new transmission that I purchased from MB dealer .

No doubts, just my personal experince and opinion for the guy who asked about fluid.
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Dave ... never however tried the MB fluid, as such cannot make a judgement on it's performance like Klink and myself.
Correct - I have never used the newfangled 236.14 fluid in any of my 722.3 trannsmissions.

:grouphug:
 

M104-AMG

Member
<SNIP>
I drove hundreds if not thousand of new MB's with 722.3 transmissions, so I know how they shift.

<SNIP>

Just don't doubt or discount the words of Klink and myself, 2 different MB technicians
with many years of actual experience.

<SNIP>
As a data point, my ASE Master Tech buddy (20+ years British, Euro, and Japanese experience) has moved over his shop to use SWEPCO on 722.3 transmissions for enthusiast customers, and I've converted him to SWEPCO in his Spec Miata, after he saw the tranny & diff results on the tracked 500E (Barney), and the RX7.

However, on the newer trannies, esp. a tranny still under factory warranty, MB fluids period.

:) neil
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
As a data point, my ASE Master Tech buddy (20+ years British, Euro, and Japanese experience) has moved over his shop to use SWEPCO on 722.3 transmissions for enthusiast customers, and I've converted him to SWEPCO in his Spec Miata, after he saw the tranny & diff results on the tracked 500E (Barney), and the RX7.
Neil,

1) What was the subjective change with the TO-4 fluid, for street and/or strip use?
2) What was the PREVIOUS fluid used that you are comparing this to?

:detective:
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
I figured since Neil said it was 20-wt, that it would be pretty thick stuff. Yowza!

:duck:
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
I figured since Neil said it was 20-wt, that it would be pretty thick stuff. Yowza!

:duck:
You ain't shittin

And you thought redline high temp had a high cSt @ 100°C

Personally, I think that's a little out of useful spec. Kind of the Anti Dex VI
 

gerryvz

Site Honcho
Staff member
Honestly, I think this thread is making a mountain out of a molehill.


  • Any name-brand Dexron III specification is perfectly acceptable for any 722.3 transmission as found on the E500E, W126, etc. It should be changed at 25-30,000 miles
  • For folks who want extended ATF drains, or have extremely severe duty, or who want the "best you can get" ATF, go with RedLine D4 or Hi-Temp, Amsoil, or Mobil 1 Synthetic. All of these are perfectly acceptable
  • "Newer spec" transmission fluids like Dexron VI are questionable. May or may not be good. Technically they should work, but why push the limits when normal dino Dex III and synthetic Dex III spec ATFs are available?
  • It is not a good idea to use current "MB spec" fluids for today's MB transmissions in yesteryear's MB (722.3) transmissions
End of story. Honestly ... ask yourself the question ... WHY use a current-spec ATF that may or may not be spec'd for the 722.3, when you can easily, readily, and cheaply buy dino or synthetic ATFs that are perfectly fine for our transmissions? WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF DOING SO?

Lastly, don't cheap out on the transmission filters. Get a Mann, Elring, MB or other quality filter to go with your ATF.

Remember ... in life ... SIMPLER IS ALWAYS BETTER.

Cheers,
Gerry
 

gsxr

.036 Hoonigan™, E500E Boffin
Staff member
Honestly, I think this thread is making a mountain out of a molehill.
For 95% of forum members... I agree completely. Maybe 98-99%!

I am mostly curious for two scenarios... first is drag racing use, which all our 500's see regularly; and second is for the tired 722.3 box where a non-standard fluid (i.e., Type F) may help Band-Aid some problems on the cheap.

If you don't track your car and the trans shifts well, any Dex-III fluid changed per FSM maintenance schedule is okfine.

:mushroom1:
 

M104-AMG

Member
Neil,

1) What was the subjective change with the TO-4 fluid, for street and/or strip use?
2) What was the PREVIOUS fluid used that you are comparing this to?

:detective:
Scenario:
One year of use track use (4) weekends of (2) days with (5) 20-minute sessions, followed by a 15-minute time-trial, plus occasional weekend use (Cars-n-Coffee).
Clean, clean, clean.
500E: fast, sharp, no-slip gear changes.
Spec Miata & RX7: easy shifting (no notchiness). Smooth toe-heel. No overheating of fluid, esp. on RX7 tranny & diff (SouthEast heat & humidty and 150+ MPH runs).

Fluid seemed almost new.

Previous fluid:
Tranny: Mobile 1 ATF and Mobil1 (sometimes Schaeffer) 75w90 Diff (500E) and Castrol (?) on the Spec Miata & RX7 (both tranny & diff)

Current fluid:
500E Tranny Swepco or Petro-Canada TO-4 / Diff: Swepco 201 (500E tranny & diff are original @ 130K+ miles).
360TE AMG wagon. Same tranny since 2000 (C36 w/Swepco 714 only). Diff has been changed for ratios only, but usually Swepco 201 or Schaeffer.
Spec Miata tranny & diff: Swepco 201 since 2004 (10-years on same tranny & diff)
RX7 Tranny: Swepco 201 or Amsoil GL4 / diff: Swepco 201 or Schaeffer Original diff. 2nd tranny (5th gear synchro goes bad)


Other than the Amsoil, I'm pretty sure these are all highly-refined paraffin base-stock oils.

:) neil

FWIW: We have a SunValley 722.3 in the '95 E320 wagon going on 3+ years. Started with Petro-Canada Multi-Drive, and then moved to Petro-Canada TO-4.
 
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Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
Really, how much did it run you?


I paid $2450 for mine in 2011 when I still worked at the dealer
I am sure you purchased yours at dealer cost ?

I purchased mine at dealer cost. I think it was 2013 ? About 3000$ or so , do not remember exactly, I posted a separate thread here about my experinece all info should be there .

Tranny is ok but torque converter is what takes a butt. It is 1500$ + which is ridicilous
 

clarkz71

Clark Vader
Any name-brand Dexron III specification is perfectly acceptable for any 722.3 transmission as found on the E500E, W126, etc. It should be changed at 25-30,000 miles
Agree

  • For folks who want extended ATF drains, or have extremely severe duty, or who want the "best you can get" ATF, go with RedLine D4 or Hi-Temp, Amsoil, or Mobil 1 Synthetic. All of these are perfectly acceptable
Agree


  • "Newer spec" transmission fluids like Dexron VI are questionable. May or may not be good. Technically they should work, but why push the limits when normal dino Dex III and synthetic Dex III spec ATFs are available?
Agree 100%, nobody in this thread said Dexron VI was OK
Quite the opposite

  • It is not a good idea to use current "MB spec" fluids for today's MB transmissions in yesteryear's MB (722.3) transmissions
That's your opinion, MB approved it, and Klink and I both use it with excellent results.
a top quality synthetic
3 years use for me. Sorry Honcho

You are correct, as I pointed out that I would only use it in a reman/new transmission. Not a worn/used transmission

End of story. Honestly ... ask yourself the question ... WHY use a current-spec ATF that may or may not be spec'd for the 722.3, when you can easily, readily, and cheaply buy dino or synthetic ATFs that are perfectly fine for our transmissions? WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF DOING SO?
The benefit as far as the MB fluid is a much higher quality base stock, additive package and VI that maintains viscosity longer.

It maintains that cSt @ 100°C number the life of the fluid

Unlike a standard Dexron III which goes from a 7.6 or so # to a 3 or 4 in less then 10K miles
 

Roma_500E

Russian_Rocket
Honestly, I think this thread is making a mountain out of a molehill.


  • For folks who want extended ATF drains, or have extremely severe duty, or who want the "best you can get" ATF, go with RedLine D4 or Hi-Temp, Amsoil, or Mobil 1 Synthetic. All of these are perfectly acceptable
:plusone:


  • It is not a good idea to use current "MB spec" fluids for today's MB transmissions in yesteryear's MB (722.3) transmissions
Clark and Klink, look at this ;) Sorry guys, big boss is on my side :agree:
 
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