Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: '87 300TD/'90 300D/'94 Quattro/'89 Vanagon TDI/'01 EV Weekender VR6
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I pulled the OM615 apart from my old '73 220D, and replaced all the bearings, rings and seals. These are sleeved blocks, so if you want to go full monty on the rebuild, you'll probably need to find a machinist familiar with these older MB engines. Not sure how many machine shops still have all the proper tooling to press the old sleeves out and reinstall new ones. The cast iron cyl heads are pretty straight forward, so no problem there. The parts cost alone will be substantial, so brace yourself. I have a factory paper manual for these engines (615 through NA 617) that I'd be willing to sell for a reasonable price.