Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:
How many folks here have a 3.5 in a 140, well, or a 126? Bent rods? Thinking about looking for another 140 in the near future and am really concidering a 3.5 and risking the rods bending. If not that I would either go with the next economical choice of a 320 with the 104 or most likely all out with a 500. Anybody got a 500 and if so what sort of mileage do you get? Probably better off going this route over the diesel anyways.

Any original 3.5 engine that's used for stop and go/city driving is likely to bend rods within a fairly short period of time. Once there are ANY symptoms, it's too late and the engine MUST be replaced. When 3.5 engines is used ONLY for highway driving, they may hold up as long as any other Mercedes diesel engine. A car with a Mercedes rebuild will easily handle either style of driving.

          Marshall Booth (who doesn't respond to unsigned questions)
      "der Dieseling Doktor" [EMAIL PROTECTED]
'87 300TD 182Kmi, '84 190D 2.2 229Kmi, '85 190D 2.0 161Kmi, '87 190D 2.5 turbo 237kmi

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