The Federal government believes that the inclusion of ethanol in petrol, up to a maximum of 10%, will be a positive step toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the sustainability of present fossil fuels.
As ethanol is already being supplied through some petrol outlets it is important that Mercedes-Benz owners are aware of our official company position in this matter.
Daimler AG. recommends that your vehicle be operated on fuel containing no more than 10% ethanol. Use of fuel with an ethanol content higher than 10% may result in engine malfunction, starting and operating difficulties and materials degradation. These adverse effects could result in permanent damage to your vehicle. Purchasing your fuel from a reputable supplier may reduce the risk of exceeding this 10% limit or of receiving fuel with abnormal properties. It should also be noted that when using ethanol blended fuels an increase in fuel consumption can be expected due to the lower energy content of ethanol.
We can assure owners that all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and 4WD’s manufactured after January 1st 1986 to Australian specification are able to be operated on unleaded petrol containing ethanol, providing the maximum limit of 10% is not exceeded.