I would appreciate any opinions and information on the best strategy for
replacing OR overhauling the 616 engine in my 1974 240D. Better to replace
or overhaul? Can one still get a factory replacement for this?
Here in Europe you can still get OM616 engines from MB -
it was not only used in /8 and W123, but also in MB100
vans and busses plus many, many years in the widely-used
207D vans and busses (Sprinter predecessors).
Also it is still used in India in various new vehicles from
What I personally do doubt is that the cost for
a replacement engine from MB is in relation to
the car's worth - so I would go the overhaul
route, that's IMHO _much_ cheaper.
Juergen (OM616 in his W123)
No 240 engine is offered so consider a five cylinder. Other alternative
is a used engine but many of the used 240s are bought for non-automotive
uses so the supply may be tight.
I definitely like the 5 cyl.--had them in my 300s and it's probebly one of
the best M-B engines, IMHO.
But if I read it correctly, there is a short- and longblock offered in the
info you pointed me to, for the 616.916.
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