The M103 2.6 has more HP and is "smoother" than the M102 2.3. Although the
W201 chassis wasn't designed for the six cylinder, MB needed a car to
compete with other maker's six cylinder cars and shoehorned the motor in,
moving the radiator forward and making the front about 3 cm longer than
before. With the extra weight, MB gave the 2.6 the brakes from the 16
valve/W124 and different springs up front. Given the age of the car, you'll
want to check all the rubber suspension pieces, the timing chain and belt
tensioners and see if the a/c system is in good shape and/or been converted
Yes! Check the friggin Climate control system carefully. The blower motor
should be silent when it runs without squealing. The pushbutton climate
control unit should work perfectly. All the windows should roll up an down.
All the door locks should work with a key and also by the air pump. Even the
gas door has a lock on it inside.
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