230 TE cosworth?

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Hello everyone,
I am looking at purchasing a merc 230te (1985ish) as a run about/ work horse but I don't think I can deal with having such limited power!
My current car is a bmw 635 and that has plenty!
Has anyone tried putting a 2.3-16 engine from a 190 in there? Are the gearboxes similar or am I just being silly?! (On a manual)
I look forward to your response!!
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Its doable and I have have the same thoughts myself, I think the 2.5 would be a better option.
The 2.3 is the same bottom end as the 230 engine, the box would need to be changed, the electrics I would think will be the hard part as will the exhaust.
Personally I think it would be a lot easier just to buy a 300te as the power between the two wouldnt be much.
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Buy a 300TE, a 300TE-24 valve, an E280 or an E320. It's not like you're short of options for engines with more power & torque

If you like driving like your trousers are on fire buy a 300TE-24 valve. If you just want wafty & quick buy an E320

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Hmm, I can see where your coming from but the economy will be a lot higher on a bigger capacity engine such as the 3 litre. Also the E series mercedes do not appeal to me. Not my style. Pre 90's please! :)
If the bottom end is the same on the 230 as the cosworth then surely I could pop a cosworth head on the top of an engine and fiddle the ecu (if there is one..?) ....?
 

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Ive got a 300te 1990 200k and it goes like the clappers 125+ all day long (and there was still more in her) just gotta watch out for the boys in blue!

Loads out there just gotta find em!

Hope this helps

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Personally if I was going to that much effort I would consider something special, I would consider a W140 S500 5.0 V8 but then the steering box gets in the way, poss a Rover 3.5,3.9 or 4.2 V8 with SD1 auto box but I think the steering requires a complete replacement to an alternative config.
OR a Porsche 928 V8 with auto box but I think from memory the auto box on the 928 is on the rear axle or did I dream that.
Failing that keep the car as is and buy a 911 and have some proper fun.
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Personally if I was going to that much effort I would consider something special, I would consider a W140 S500 5.0 V8 but then the steering box gets in the way, poss a Rover 3.5,3.9 or 4.2 V8 with SD1 auto box but I think the steering requires a complete replacement to an alternative config.
OR a Porsche 928 V8 with auto box but I think from memory the auto box on the 928 is on the rear axle or did I dream that.
Failing that keep the car as is and buy a 911 and have some proper fun.
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You didnt dream it jib-the gearbox is at the back on the 928, as it is on my 924's-in one casting with the final drive.
 

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You didnt dream it jib-the gearbox is at the back on the 928, as it is on my 924's-in one casting with the final drive.

Thanks for that!!! I did consider becoming a Porsche specialist I might still do it as I will have another 911 one day.

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Now that would be interesting, I have done various engine swaps before but nothing that extravagant. The fuel economy would just be too much though.

I am trying to find a compromise between speed and fuel economy with 7 seats.
A tall order I know!!
 


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