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hey guys,
i am looking at 2 190's. a gasoline and a diesel.
the 190d 2.5 interior and body is bad.
the 190e 2.6 car is good.

question, can the diesel motor fit right into the compartment of the same year 1989 190e 2.6.
or, motor mounts placements different, is transmission the same?
anything else you guys know??
thanks in advance.
 

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Body frame design is the same, so a swap seems like it would work if you have all the parts out of the donor car for the conversion, probably tranny and all.

Disclaimer...I've never looked at doing this and defer to someone who has, however.

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The swap is possible, but it won't be easy. I don't speak from first hand experience, but I can guarantee you that it will be nowhere as easy going as a Honda engine swap.
The engine mounts will work, either the 2.6 or the diesel mounts. The transmission from the diesel will for in the tunnel, you might have to use the driveshaft from the diesel car as well, and the rear differential, depending on the difference in ratios.
Your main concern will be the wiring. The engine and transmission you can have in the bay in 1 day, the wiring is what will take a while.
 

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5 cyl 300td out of an ??

well i found an 88 190E with an early 80's 5 cylinder turbo diesel motor fitted into it.
i need to retrieve the serial number off the motor to verify year.
the owner told me it runs like a charm. very smooth.
it has 300000km on the motor.
i will update info and pics as i move forward.
** how reliable are the early 80's 5 cyl turbo diesel's?**
 

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with enough time and beer anythings possible.
 

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well i found an 88 190E with an early 80's 5 cylinder turbo diesel motor fitted into it.
i need to retrieve the serial number off the motor to verify year.
the owner told me it runs like a charm. very smooth.
it has 300000km on the motor.
i will update info and pics as i move forward.
** how reliable are the early 80's 5 cyl turbo diesel's?**
Very reliable good enough for at least 500,000 the 617 is one of the best engines M.B. made
 
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