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: