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Old 01-06-2004, 11:59 AM
'92 300D 3.0L
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: liverpool uk
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What exhaust system to use?

Im at my wits end on this.

There are plenty about to choose from but can they be put on a

1991-92 300D (European)

Are there different ones for Diesels or can you use what they send you?

eg: w124 '83-93 6cyl

Also whats the situation regarding the cars model number.

I find some places its listed as w124 E300 or 300D or even E300D

Is there any difference? please help i havent a clue!
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:04 PM
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Location: Evansville, Indiana
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Diesel exhaust is different that the gasser exhaust, make sure you get the correct one. You will need the chassis # -- W124.xxxx to make sure.

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:06 PM
'92 300D 3.0L
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: liverpool uk
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Could you please repeat that as though you are talking to the thickest of the 2 short planks please?

How do i go about finding this info out?
1992 "j" reg MB E300 3.0L diesel
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Old 01-07-2004, 10:05 AM
'92 300D 3.0L
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: liverpool uk
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1992 "j" reg MB E300 3.0L diesel
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Old 01-07-2004, 10:29 AM
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There is nothing unusual about your car in the UK is there? It is not a US model by any chance, is it? If not, you should be able to find the Vehicle Identification Number on the radiator support strut and in the driver door jamb. This number is stamped on a metal plate, with other information, and should have WDB124 followed by a bunch of numbers.

I am not familiar with how you identify and order parts from aftermarket suppliers in the UK, but if you were in the US this system would be available from a variety of suppliers. I would use a system from a company over here called TimeValve. They make all stainless steel systems guaranteed for the life of the car. Very solid guarantee. They cost less than the replacement from the dealership, but they are not inexpensive. There are other, less expensive alternates with correpondingly lesser quality and more limited garantees. I am sure there are similar suppliers in the UK though.

To identify the correct way to refer to your model look at the trunk lid to see how MB refers to your car. Don't be confused by the nomenclature changes - until the late 80's or early 90's the numbers always preceded the letters and the numbers referred to the engine displacement, while the letters modified this identifier to establish whether it was a coupe, big body, long wheel base version, sports model or whether the engine was fuel injected or Diesel). A change was needed when MB began adding to their model line ups. The introduction of the 190 series brought this problem to a head. During the production run of the W124 chassis (1986 to 1995) the "E" designator became meaningless as it used to mean "Einspritzen" for fuel injection on gas powered cars to distinguish them from less expensive and lower performing carbureted cars. With the advent of emissions controls in all markets, virtually all gas cars (petrol for you in the UK) were built with fuel injection and the "E" designator became obsolete.

However, since so many of the intermediate size MBs in the US were sold as 300E models, and nearly no one here ever knew what the "E" really meant, I guess MB decided to call that size vehicle the "E" class. So, at some point the intermediate size vehicles became E300, and when they have a Diesel engine they are called E300D. Then the 190 replacement became a "C" class and so on.

Good luck, and I hope this helps. Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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