This is the correct Mobil 1 motor oil in the Sprinter van

The question has come up from some customers about the proper motor oil to use in the Sprinter vans.

OK, so here is what comes from our chief Sprinter tech in regards to proper oil for Sprinter models 2010 and newer!.

The weight of the oil, 0W30, 5W30, 5W40, etc is not as critical as using the latest rated oil that creates less soot. The proper oil to use is one with a rating of 229.52, which supersedes oil with a rating of 229.51 or 229.31.

The most important thing is that it has the ESP on the bottle as this is formulated for our turbo diesel engines.

Mobile 1 ESP 0W-30 motor oil for Sprinter Diesel engines

To answer the question about 0W30 compared to 5W30 or 10W30, the first number is typically lower if you live in very cold climates. But again there is not too much difference between 0W30 or 5W30 as long as it has the 229.52 low soot rating.

If you have any questions about your Sprinter Van, please feel free to send an email to If I don’t have the answer I will do everything I can to get it for you.



4 thoughts on “This is the correct Mobil 1 motor oil in the Sprinter van

  1. Why the viscocity change with mobile one , I have almost 100 k on my sprinter and engine sounds like new and I seriously drive it at top speed every day for about 200 miles a day my fear is the watery 0-30 in hot temperatures in summer will break the oil down fast and damage the motor, What do you say

    • Michael,
      That is the factory recommendation for here in Texas, so that is what you should use. You have to remember that this is a synthetic oil that does not have the same properties that regular oil would have.

    • Tim,

      It depends on how long the van was being used or driven. If the van has been in the dealer inventory for over a year, and driven 1500 miles, what we would do is change the oil and filter. Also of course top off the DEF fluid and check other lights and fluids.

      If the van is fairly new and they drove it 1500 miles, it would not need any oil change until it is one year old or 15,000 to 20,000 miles.

      Hope this helps.


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