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Old 04-13-2009, 05:15 PM
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Difference between 1986 300SDL and 1987 300D???

Do 1986 300 SDL and 1987 300D have same engine?? Thank you.

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Old 04-13-2009, 05:21 PM
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different chassis's
1986 300SDL, 211K,Dealership serviced its whole life
1991 190E 2.6(120k)
1983 300D(300k)
1977 300D(211k)
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:22 PM
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Generally, yes, as I recall. However, one is a tank (or boat, big car) and the other one is too small for me.
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Sold last car --- 05/2012 1984 300D Light Ivory, Red interior
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:34 PM
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If numbers matter, the 300D would be a 603.960 and the SDL would be a 603.961.

But, as said above, there really is no difference.
2005 E320 CDI - 246k
1987 300SDL TD05-16g, Herlevi pump, Elbe manifold, 2.47 LSD - 213k
Past: 1987 300D - 264k
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:07 PM
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There are some small differences in the vacuum systems, but for all intent and purpose they are the same. The W124 will get better economy and have quicker acceleration do to its lighter weight and better aerodynamics.

1991 350SDL. 230,000 miles (new motor @ 150,000).

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:39 PM
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The same engine, but different accessories if you're doing a swap.

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:47 PM
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the main difference on the engine (well, accessories I guess) is the power steering pump. On the wagon it has an extra pump incorporated into it for the SLS.

'95 E320 Wagon my favorite road car. '99 E300D wolf in sheeps body, '87 300D Sportline suspension, '79 300TD w/ 617.952 engine at 367,750 and counting!
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