Mercedes-Benz AG engineers apparently have enough confidence in their onboard engine-oil quality monitoring system — dubbed FSS, for Flexible Service System — that they have decided it is superfluous to include the time-honored dipstick to check engine oil level. Although all Mercedes models now are fitted with FSS, the 2.6L and 3.2L SOHC V-6 engines for the 2001 C-Class models are the first from the prestige automaker to come without dipsticks. A Mercedes spokesman forecasts that future ...

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