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Is the m102 4 cyl. 8 valve engine really bad, or are people stupid? [xx(]
 

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Member Johngenx summed up the engine well:

“The M102 SOHC 2.3L engine is no powerhouse at 130hp, and the gearing of the four speed auto is a little off for us North Americans, meaning the car feels a little sluggish in town. But, the four is durable if cared for, and can easily go 350,000km's or more with regular oil changes. The automatic is also well made, and should last at least 300K if maintained. Rebuilding them is easy by any MB specialist and is not that expensive.�

He goes on to talk about the 84 version of the engine not being very good but that my be due to less power than engine failure. Besides there are not a lot of 84 201s around. To the best of my knowledge there was no problem with the engine per se but the price – many believed that the price of a new 190 E was high for a four cylinder engine. That’s way the 2.6 L M103 was later used.
 
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