'86 W123 200, OM617 non-turbo, bastard 5-speed; '95 W202 C250 Diesel, OM605 non-turbo, 5-spd man
...and then I found prices for the overhaul...I am tired of waiting. I need my cars to finished and working. This engine has been in need of an overhaul for years now, and I cannot afford it destroying more gearboxes. Yes, I know it's going to be expensive. But with all the money I've spent and time I haven't been driving, things have got to come to a conclusion.
I'm in the mood for a W126 next. But I am spending nothing on that until the W123 and the W202 are working as they should.
I went window shopping for parts. The prices for parts constitute the bulk of the cost of the overhaul. Whether I buy and import a complete engine from Metric Motors in the US to South Africa, or source OEM parts at the best possible prices, I'm looking at about US$8000.00 at least.
I think I'll drive her until she breaks. I have a backup plan for the transmission and, strictly speaking, the engine is still well within spec. I'm just going to reassemble her, straighten the propshaft and keep on driving.