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Old 01-05-2017, 07:02 PM
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So far my MB has been pretty consistent with it's model year ('85) but I understand they they threw a curve ball if you have an OM617 in a station wagon. They used some sort of self-leveling suspension and the entire cylinder head is different - something about mounts for the suspension pump or something. I haven't personally run into this so I have zero experience but just a heads-up.

I really prefer the 24 valve engine. They have a couple of ideocyncracies (sp?) but all in all they make great power on less fuel. I've been deep inside these engines as part of my work experiences back in my working years (I reblocked one as well as less invasive work) so I know how stoutly they're built. If you end up with one I'll tell you what they need to live long and prosper.

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Fuel filters, oil changes, coolant flushes and the om606s with live forever. My 98 had meticulous oil changes every 5k on synthetic and the timing chain wasn't replaced until 315k miles. That was the original chain from what records say.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:16 PM
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I really prefer the 24 valve engine. They have a couple of ideocyncracies (sp?) but all in all they make great power on less fuel. I've been deep inside these engines as part of my work experiences back in my working years (I reblocked one as well as less invasive work) so I know how stoutly they're built. If you end up with one I'll tell you what they need to live long and prosper.

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I just passed on the one i was most likely to buy, a rust free late 98 5 speed manual 3500 extended cab dually that had to be from somewhere down south. Not an ohio truck, i know that for sure because you couldn't see through the lower half of the body. It sat uptown for sale forever and just disappeared a few days ago. All of the chatter on the diesel Cummins sites about 53 blocks and the electronics on the 24 versus the 12 put me off of it. the dash top looked like someone had taken an ice pick to it, something else that seems common to the 94 on. if i see another one, i'll let you know. glad that the mb's seem a bit more consistent in model runs than dodge trucks and Vw's.
(side note, i can actually use capital letters and the space bar like an adult but my third laptop keyboard is going south intermittently and i'm waiting on a replacement laptop).
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