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Old 06-03-2008, 03:20 PM
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Is a '79 300CD a turbo or N/A car?

Quick question - I know of a '79 300CD for sale, but neglected to ask the owner if it's a turbo or NA engine. Can anyone tell me for sure if it's one way or the other (turbo or NA) based on the year and model?

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Old 06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
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It's N/A.
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:51 PM
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Non turbo. only 82+ are turbo.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:48 PM
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Non turbo. only 82+ are turbo.
...what he said - unless it has had a heart transplant...
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:12 AM
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Non turbo. only 82+ are turbo.
Mostly correct except that a small number of 81's had the turbo also.....
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:28 AM
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Mostly correct except that a small number of 81's had the turbo also.....
But not CD's, TD only
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:35 AM
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But not CD's, TD only
The '81 TDs were turbos. Apparently there were also a small number of CD turbos during the 81 model year.

Notice that my initial response did not mention a specific year, to avoid starting this debate.
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But not CD's, TD only
nope, both the CD and the TD got the turbo in 81...

OP, not only will this be a N/A motor, it will most likely have series style large Glow plugs.
if you get it, upgrade it to pencil style asap. (approx 150.00)
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:40 AM
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nope, both the CD and the TD got the turbo in 81...
Incorrect. Only the 300TD got the turbo in 81. Some 300CD's were MADE in 81 with the turbo but they were sold as 82 model year cars.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:05 AM
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Somebody had a build chart one time that showed the different models years with chassis style and engine and production years. Anybody save that or have a link to it?
It clearly showed the '81 CD to have some with the turbo, but it would be interesting to see what it said, if anything, about build date vs production year.

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