Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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Don't get discouraged. It is not that hard to work on these. I have three of them and have rebuilt the head on each one (only one actually had a bad valve, the others were the consequence of my daughter driving one with a stuck thermostat and it overheated and blew the head gasket, while the other was a very complicated chain box fiasco my youngest son experienced while driving home from Purdue University last Spring - gotta take the head off to get to the chain box....). The car and the engine are pretty rugged. One of mine has over 250K miles on it, the other about 200,000 and the third about 165,000. If the body is solid they are worth the effort.
Make a list, and go at it slowly. Ask for help and advice as you need it. Good luck, Jim