Date registered: May 2003
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RE: What engine in this 300sd?
All 350 engines('90 - '95) bend their rods at some point. It's just a question of when.
I just happened to see ANOTHER poor example of a 350 at the Gulf station on Rt. 1 North Hampton(~124K miles).
I didn't have the heart.....300SD turbodiesel(beginning signs with blue smoke). Boy did it stink.
My first engine lasted 88 K miles. Some 200K miles later, the current engine is ready for scrapping. The current engine was manufactured in the summer of '95(stronger conrods). I question: is it worth it to replace it with a 3.0 liter engine? Or should I part it out, splitting parts between my SE and the SDL? In the meantime it sits in a heated garage, undistrubed.
If I ever started it, the FD would be at my doorstep in at least 30 minutes. It shakes so badly that the engine looks as if it were to break through it's mounts and fly into the air. It smokes so profusely, it could cause panic in the streets. Makes Uncle Buck's car look like a Prius at tickover(maybe a slight over-exageration). The oil filler cap, when removed can easily blow off the valve cover. Reminds me of old Faithful(in better times) with every revolution the engine turns. What a violent thing she is! You should see her in the engine bay. Side to side (BROOOOOM, BROOOOOM, BROOOOOM, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK, PUFF, PUFF, PUFF). Madly demonic, in a sense!
DO NOT EVER BUY A 350. I used to love this engine every bit as much as my 300. I made many video clips of it. I loved my diesels more than my gassers. I'm glad I didn't own two 350's instead of one 300 and one 350. The 350, in running condition, was a superior car to the 300. It was quieter, just as efficient, offered more practical features, and had sharper interior appointments. It's shameful it turned into such a miserable failure.