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Old 08-01-2002, 05:04 PM
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Question Dipsticks on different sides!

Hey Guys,

Still on my 3.0 M103-engined 190E quest, I came across pictures of a car which has been converted. But wait.. that's odd - why do these cars have swapped dipsticks?

First, 2phasts 190E M103 (2.6) has it on the right side, looking in:

My own 300TE M103 (3.0) has it on the left:

And the picture of the M103-converted 190E 3.0 I found at THIS PAGE has it on the right again

What's the deal?!
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Old 08-01-2002, 05:37 PM
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The only M103 engines with the dipstick on the right side here in the US were 4-matics!
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Old 08-01-2002, 05:40 PM
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But not all of them! My 91 300TE 4-Matic had the stick on the left...

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Old 08-02-2002, 11:54 AM
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I think maybe you would have to get the complete engine numbers to get the answer 103 XXX. Looks like a design change. I wonder why?
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