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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-28-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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2000 MLK 320 chevy small black engine swap

Hello Benzworld! This is my first post so i hope it goes swimmingly....

If you read the topic and said, what the H?, I do not blame you. I have a 2000 ML 320 sitting in my garage that I would like to get up and running again. The last diagnosis given on the vehicle was that it was miss firing on 4 cylinders. Since then my mom has gotten a new car and it has been sitting for about 3-4 years...besides the engine, there are some other things wrong but very fixable(alignment, new tires, etc.) Currently, it does not run and in order for it to be really looked at the thing would need to be flat bedded to my mechanic. Coils were replaced along with spark plugs so what the problem is I could not say... some ideas were simply the fuel pump or the engine is just done. In four years there was 200,000 miles put on engine. So being the person I am, creativity set in and I've been pondering the idea of dropping a chevy 350 small block into the German machine. My brother, being a mechanic, gave me about a million reasons why it's not a very good idea. I just want to know if anyone can give me a firm answer as to the possibility of the idea. Yes it will need to be rewired, some new motor mounts, what ha. But, is there anything else that would need to be done?

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The main problem on those cars is computerized system. Even if the Chevy engine doesn't have the computer, how it will talk with the transmission?
There is one member who put Toyota Supra engine in E class, but it was project of love and took way longer than anticipated.
200k for 320 engine is not that much. Did you do compression test? Might be that the only problem is bad MAF?
What I am getting to is, that if you can restore well design MB engine, why would you put clumsy Chevy in it?
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Thanks for the welcoming and no I do not think it has had a compression tested. I hate seeing it in the garage so I've been contemplating putting my VW up for sale to fix it. 5k would be the min I would be looking for out of the sale so that's what the budget would consist of; Probably way less of whats needed to feasibly do the swap. I will look further into fixing her with what she has.... Thank you for your help. If anyone can provide any suggestions that would be great!
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