Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: '87 300TD/'90 300D/'94 Quattro/'89 Vanagon TDI/'01 EV Weekender VR6
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I'll add a few more items to the list of OM603 items for sale. As mentioned above, I pulled the perfectly decent running engine from my '87 300TD @ 234k, so the short block is available. It's the block, crank, rods & pistons, just as I pulled it from the car. I can throw in the timing cover if desired.
This would be perfect to replace the notorious "rod-bender" 3.5L engines as found in the '90-'95 350SDL/300SD. There's still cross-hatching visible on the cyl walls and very little top ridge. Personally, I'd do rings and rod bearings and slap this in another car if one were readily available in my area. Since one isn't currently available, I want it gone -- $275 Local pick up highly preferable.
I also have the upgraded Pierburg vacuum pump and injection timer. The VP has about 30k on it, and the timer is original. The timer ramp is in good condition with minimal visible wear, which is why I'm offering it along with the VP. These combos have been failing more and more as the cars are aging past their second decade. I suspect lots of mechanics are replacing the failed VPs and not adequately inspecting the timing ramps which may also be damaged, leading to premature failure of the replacement VP. I think the replacement price for the VP is now around $300 and the injection timer is ~$200--that's pricey stuff, and considering that a grenading VP can and frequently does take out the engine; I'm offering cheap insurance. -- $140 for both.