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Old 11-20-2011, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine swap - C180 1997

Hello all,

I had a terrible misfortune with my beloved Mercedes-Benz C180 1997 model sedan yesterday. The cam shaft stopped moving, which usually means that the chain (whatever it is called in English) is broken.
Anyway, this means that I must most likely put in a new engine.
Now, the simplest solution is to stick in one that is just like the old one (M111.920) but I figure that it'd be cool with something that is not the smallest engine.
So my question is: is it any more trouble to install any other M111 variant?
I can get a 200 at a fair price, but how about a 230 kompressor for example?
Is there any re-programming that must be done?


Additional information for those interested:
The car has run just over 300.000km and there has been almost no problems until now. I've only changed the two coils (one last December and one just a few months ago). Regular oil change.
There has been some tic-tic type noise from the engine for the past few months, but I thought it was only valve noise. I should have listened to my wife, who said that it could well be the register chain, as we call it here in Norway.

And here is a motivational photography of the car in its former glory:
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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any engine in the 202 range will fit
but the least hassle is to stick with the lower end i.e. c180-c230(non kompressor) as your tranny will take the load fine
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! That's what I was hoping for.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It looks like I may get my hands on a 230 engine from an E-class. It'll be an M111.970 then. Will it still fit like a glove even if it comes from a W210? I figure it ought to, but I haven't seen it yet.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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any m111 or m104 engine should fit
m112 also
i think the m113 will aswell

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Allright, now I have aquired an M111.970 engine (2,3 liter) and will proceed to install it in my C180 as soon as I'm able.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Good luck with that! and let us know EACH and EVERYTHING about the swap!
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Will do. I plan to take some photos as well.
Schedule is rather busy though, so I can only hope to be done before Christmas.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Take your time, be detailed and since you will have the engine out.. clean the engine bay to shine!
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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First steps were taken last night, now I have removed the radioator.


Anyone know what these things on the radiator are?

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