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Timing chain on a 2000 model

Hey guys, im new here and to Mercedes. I have a relative who wants to purchase a 2000 model mercedes. The timing chain broke on it. While i do work on cars and know about timing chains and interference engines, my father is under the belief that mercedes has a "safety" feature in the engine to help stop further damage to the valves in the case of a broken chain.

Does such system exist on the mercedes models. I dont believe a system exists in any car manufacturer. but again im new to these engines.

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No, , MB produce high compression engines running on Premium that don't clear the valves from the pistons. We do have fresh report of one member driving 1996 E class having the timing chain broken just above 100k miles. Fortunately that doesn't happen very often and the weaker engines are usually known. The replacement engines are very expensive even before you go to AMG versions, but might be great project for qualify amateur.
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Hey guys, im new here and to Mercedes. I have a relative who wants to purchase a 2000 model mercedes. The timing chain broke on it. While i do work on cars and know about timing chains and interference engines, my father is under the belief that mercedes has a "safety" feature in the engine to help stop further damage to the valves in the case of a broken chain.

Does such system exist on the mercedes models. I dont believe a system exists in any car manufacturer. but again im new to these engines.

Thanks, Chris
Any chance you could tell us what model Mercedes we're talking about here or is it a matter of national security?

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Any chance you could tell us what model Mercedes we're talking about here or is it a matter of national security?
unfortunately i don't know it. not for secrecy or anything. One of my uncles, is giving the car to a cousin who just moved to charlotte, nc. but the car is in NJ, and my cousin will be paying the shipping for it. so i would like to know how these motors are built. I know for a fact my dad hasn't worked on newer Mercedes. but together we've worked on countless cars and motors.

so going past the actual nuts and bolts of doing this somewhat basic procedure. I'm trying to see if its worth my cousins money and our time for this car. And i honestly don't know how MB engineered these motors. So him saying this "feature" is real without absolute clarity is where i am at. if such a thing is on it, then we will be doing the work. If not, then ill suggest he buys a car in NC.

Thanks. (if that helps)
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unfortunately i don't know it. not for secrecy or anything. One of my uncles, is giving the car to a cousin who just moved to charlotte, nc. but the car is in NJ, and my cousin will be paying the shipping for it. so i would like to know how these motors are built. I know for a fact my dad hasn't worked on newer Mercedes. but together we've worked on countless cars and motors.

so going past the actual nuts and bolts of doing this somewhat basic procedure. I'm trying to see if its worth my cousins money and our time for this car. And i honestly don't know how MB engineered these motors. So him saying this "feature" is real without absolute clarity is where i am at. if such a thing is on it, then we will be doing the work. If not, then ill suggest he buys a car in NC.

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It doesn't help, really.

Which motor it is depends a lot; MB engineers many different engines, some with interference and some without. Whether the chain jumped or actually broke also matters.

As does the car. If it's a clapped-out 95 C220, it's not worth the cost to replace the engine or even fix it, particularly when you throw in shipping it. If it's an older classic, it probably is. And it could be anything in between, no?

If you really want some useful advice, you have to give us more than a crapshoot. Fair enough?

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OP states its a 2000 year model. and i accidentaly left out that its a 4cyl. but not until later will i know anything else. sorry but i will get it.
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Unless it has really low miles on it don't bother. It's not an s430/s500 or any AMG, and you can get a running 4cyl 2000ish Mercedes for +$2000
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AH HA!! found it. Its a C230 if that helps more.
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helps us, but don't think it will help you.
How much you guys plan to spend on transporting and rebuilding $2000 car?
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