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Old 03-21-2009, 08:04 PM
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Wanted 2.5 liter Turbo Diesel 1987 190D

Hi, Newbe here.....

I just picked up a 1987 190D 2.5 liter Turbo with a connecting rod peeking out through a hole in the block just below the injection pump. Balance of car is in exceptional condition, no rust and straight. Fairly new to these cars. Is this a common issue? Any ideas on what could have caused it? I would like to buy a used engine in good shape to replace it. Auto trans. Or would consider full vehicle if price is right. Wreck, rusted bady, etc with a good engine. Please e-mail. I have already been in touch with RavenHawk57, but he is in Tenn and I am in Michigan. I will go with his engine if I need to but I was hoping to find one closer to me. Please e-mail gspool@comcast.net.

Is it possible to replace the 2.5 with a 2.2 non-turbo from another 190D? What combos would fit with minimal problems, or are all substitutes problems. Thanks.

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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2.5 190D

Look at craigslist under Junction city, Kansas. He has a 190D 2.5 for sale for $1,500 obo. The car looks nice too.

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:03 PM
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Thanks 04 Diesel

Looks like a conversion to a 5 speed, hmm, just another 150 miles further than the 2.5 turbo in Tenn and with a 5 speed. Worth the drive?

Talked with the owner, a military pilot spending a lot of time in Iraq awaty from his young family. He seemed very open and honest.

I decided against it (too far) but someone out there could help him out if you need a good parts car. 5 speed is the biggest attraction.

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:39 PM
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Thanks 04 Diesel

Looks like a conversion to a 5 speed, hmm, just another 150 miles further than the 2.5 turbo in Tenn and with a 5 speed. Worth the drive?
I would say yes, worth the drive. Sounds like he just wants to get rid of it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:13 PM
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I had a rod poke through on mine some years ago, never did determine the cause. Didn't think rods could bend like that
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:30 PM
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Did you repair the motor (perhaps impossible!) or replace with a used unit? How long will these 2.5 Ts last with reasonable care? I am begining to wonder if I should bail on the turbo and go with the NA.....
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:06 PM
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Mine was not a turbo, just a standard N.A. It blew at 160,000 miles. Replaced it with a junkyard engine (purchased from a yard in Texas, shipped from NY) that was said to have 100,000 miles on it. That was 140,000 mile ago, still going strong. When it blew, it punched out the cast Mercedes Star on the side of the block. Found that at the beginning of the oil slick on the road
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'95 E320 sedan
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'87 300E (5 spd. conversion) Sold
'05 E500 Wagon
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:36 PM
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Maybe "Hans" on the assembly line in Stuttgart missed the final torque sequence on the rod bolts/nuts and they finally let go.

Tough to explain how one engine can hold together for an excess of 250k miles were another tosses pcs out at less than 150k.

Roll the dice and hope Hans was awake on the replacement engine.

I've seen rod bearings installed incorrectly on factory GM engines , so spotty quality issues are pretty universal.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:20 PM
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I'll never know why, but am still curious. The rod that was bent but still in one piece hangs on the shop wall, along with the punched out "star".
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'83 280SL, 5 spd.
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'87 300E (5 spd. conversion) Sold
'05 E500 Wagon
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