Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 300TE 4-Matic 300GD
Location: Oslo Norway
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RE: W114 and a 250D engine??
I once had a 68 W114 230 with an M180, and it didn't really drink that much.
I really think you shouldn't trust a guy who want's to sell you an I4 250D. And how can it be inexpensive? New speedometer, stop wire, start button, transmission, mounts, propeller shaft, differential, fuel system, some rewiring, new exhaust, and all the stuff I forgot to mention. He'll have a hard time getting the exhaust pipes around the bend beside the steering gear. What will he do with the final drive ratio? If that replacement engine is an OM616 and from a truck, how about the fly wheel? Will it fit, or will it require your cash to flow getting a new one.
What will you do if the diesel engine is bad? How can he know by just listening to it? He is either a very experienced mechanic, knowing more than I (quite possible), or a fool.
The golden trap is when you're lured into something, and it's always almost finished, we just need this and that. But then they find out that they also need this too. And this. The further into the project, the more eager we owners will be for a solution and less willing to admit this is bearing way off. It's a natural psychological mechanism that lies deep within us.
I have actually once transformed a W115 220 to a 240D, and I will never ever do it again. Mind you, it was a W115, not W114, which is a differance. And I was young and crazy at the time, which helps a lot.
Besides, having a 230 is much more rare and exclusive than having a 240D. That's my opinion anyway.