MB229.3 oils are Upper Mainline high SAPS¹ lubricants designed for use in gasoline and light duty diesel engines without advanced aftertreatment systems such as Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs).

MB229.3 oils are typically SAE 5W-40 or 5W-30 based on API Group III or SAE 10W-40 based on API Group II base oils.

The main physical and chemical requirements for MB229.3 are shown below:

Requirement Method Unit Limit
HTHS viscosity at 150°C CEC L-36-A-90 cP ≥ 3.5
Sulphated Ash ASTM D874 %wt > 0.9 and ≤ 1.5
Phosphorus ASTM D5185 %wt ≥ 0.05 and ≤ 0.11
Sulfur ASTM D5185 %wt ≤ 0.5
Evaporation loss (NOACK) at 250°C CEC L-40-93 % ≤ 13
Total Base Number ASTM D2896 mgKOH/g ≥ 7.0

Note 1: SAPS refers to Sulphated Ash, Phosphorus and Sulfur, the levels of which are often restricted in the latest performance specifications.

MB229.3 is usually coupled with a range of different combinations of other approvals depending on the viscosity grade of the lubricant, The most frequently seen approvals claimed in conjunction with MB229.3 being ACEA A3/B4, Volkswagen 50200/50500, Renault RN0710 and Renault RN0700.

For more information on Daimler MB229.3, contact your Lubrizol representative.