What is the oil type of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350?

In this article, we find out what is the oil type of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350?. This article will also explain the engine oil grade and answer the following questions: what is the engine oil capacity of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E350? When and how to replace the engine oil?

What is the oil type of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350?

Mercedes Benz recommends using its proprietary engine oil for all passenger cars but any fully synthetic 0W 40 or 5W 40 engine oil can be used in the E350 2013 model. 

The engine oil used at authorised dealerships is  0W 40 where W stands for Winter. 0W 40 engine oil can flow like 0 weight oil in cold conditions but still offer the protection of 40 w oil when the engine reaches its full operating temperature. 5 W 40 is also suitable for vehicles that do not operate in extremely cold conditions.

In 2013, the fourth generation of the E class was available in the market with the model series 212. The w212 E class was sold between 2009 to 2016 and it was available in 2 door coupe, 4 and 5 door sedan and estate body styles.

The Mercedes Benz E 350 can easily last more than 10 years. Periodic maintenance and taking care while operating the vehicle help to increase the longevity of the vehicle. Mercedes Benz always uses good quality materials which do not wear even in repeated use. The standard warranty period is three to 5  years depending on the market and there is unlimited mileage. 

The E class has been the best selling Mercedes Benz model with more than 13 million cars sold by the end of 2015. A New E class generation was also introduced in 2016 with the model series W213 and later a facelift model with updated front and rear bumpers was also launched to keep the E class lineup updated with the latest technologies and emissions regulations. E class is also a popular choice for taxis and special purpose vehicles due to its durable built quality and vast network of authorised dealerships.

What is engine oil grade?

Mercedes Benz has standard 0 W 40 fully synthetic engine oil and the high-performance version Mercedes Benz AMG 0w 40 is also suitable for the E 350.

Mercedes Benz Engine oil                              Mercedes AMG high-performance engine oil

Viscosity is the measure of the resistance offered by a liquid to its flow. As engine oil is circulated throughout the engine, the viscosity of engine oil is very important. Mercedes Benz has specified that 0W 40 or 5W 40 grade oil must be used in passenger cars. 

The number in front of the letter W is the viscosity measurement of the flow of oil when it is cold and the number after the letter is the measurement of the flow of oil when the engine is at operating temperature.

Like other German car manufacturers, Mercedes Benz tests and publishes specified oil grades in MB sheet numbers. The MB sheet numbers start from MB226.5 and go till MB 229.7, depending on the engine in the vehicle the correct MB sheet number oil is used.

What is the engine oil capacity of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350?

The engine oil capacity of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350 is 8 to 8.5 litres. It was powered by a massive 3.5 litres V 6 cylinder engine M272.  The M 272 engine in the E 350 produced 268 bhp and 350 Nm of torque, M272 was one of the most reliable engines from Mercedes Benz. It featured a variable intake manifold with long and short airflow pathways that could be controlled by vacuum-operated linkages. 

Due to the use of a variable intake manifold with port injection, the M272 could replicate the effects of forced induction without actually using a turbo or supercharger. M272 was also the first engine with variable valve timing, both the intake and exhaust camshafts could be adjusted by camshaft adjusters by 40 degrees.

 Unlike its predecessor M112, M272 has single spark plugs per cylinder with individual integrated output stages. The variable valve timing gave the engine a very wide torque curve and the E 350 was really popular among Mercedes Benz Customers.

When to replace the engine oil in the E 350?

The engine oil and oil filter of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350 should be replaced according to the service interval. The service interval of the E350 is at 10,000 miles or once every year. It has been determined that the engine oil can lose its properties over time which can affect its viscosity. Hence, even if the mileage is not reached, Mercedes Benz recommends replacing the engine oil once every year.

The M272 engine has engine oil coolers or heat exchangers to cool down the engine oil and maintain the oil viscosity. Internal leaks in the oil cooler can cause coolant to mix in engine oil and reduce the engine oil level. 

As the pressure of engine oil is higher than the pressure in the coolant system, engine oil also mixes with coolant and enters the coolant reservoir. Therefore, engine oil is also replaced if any major repair work is performed on the engine.

Mercedes Benz also has an engine oil level sensor in the lower section of the oil pan. This sensor not only checks the engine oil level but can also monitor engine oil viscosity. If the level and viscosity fall below a specified value, the Mercedes will require an engine oil change.

What is the procedure to replace the engine oil in the Mercedes Benz E 350?

The procedure to replace the engine oil is similar to the other sedans in the Mercedes Benz lineup. M272 has wet-sump lubrication and there is only one drain plug located at the bottom of the engine oil pan.

The engine oil level is determined with the help of an oil dipstick before replacing the engine oil. On engines that do not have an oil dipstick, the current quantity can be checked from the workshop menu in the instrument cluster. If there is any major engine oil leakage then it should be rectified before replacing the engine oil.

  • Start the engine and bring the engine oil temperature to 80 degrees Celsius.
  • Turn off the engine and open the oil filler cap.
  • Pull the oil dipstick halfway up. Do not put it in completely.
  • Unscrew the engine oil filter cap slowly and let the filter rest for a couple of minutes.
  • Unscrew the drain plug and drain the engine oil. 
  • Oil extractors can also be used to extract the old engine oil from oil dipsticks.
  • Install the new drain plug and torque it to specification.
  • Clean the area around the drain plug.
  • Replace the engine oil filter.
  • Add new engine oil through the oil filler neck. Add engine oil slowly as hot air is replaced by engine oil inside the engine.
  • Lastly, screw the engine oil filter cap and oil filler cap. 

Start the engine and check the engine oil level at the operating temperature. Correct the engine oil level as the new engine oil filter might absorb some quantity of engine oil.

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The 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350 is a very reliable and less expensive to maintain sedan from Mercedes Benz. Even in the used market, it is highly sought after by buyers and car collectors. The cost of the engine oil change for an E 350 can be from 130 $ to 200$.

FAQs: What is the oil type of the 2013 Mercedes Benz E 350?

What oil do I put in my Mercedes E class?

The Mercedes E class uses a 0W 40 or 5 W 40 engine oil grade. Mercedes Benz also makes a high-performance engine oil of the same grade.

What kind of oil does a 2013 Mercedes-Benz take?

0W 40 or 5W 40 is suitable for a 2013 Mercedes Benz, the engine oil should be fully synthetic so that it can last until the service interval.

What is the best oil for the Mercedes-Benz E350?

Mercedes Benz makes its engine oil and it is a fully synthetic 0W 40 or 5W 40 grade oil. The engine oil has been tested by Mercedes Benz and it can retain its viscosity under extreme operating temperatures.