What exactly have I got?

mercedes13156

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Hi there,

My local indie suggests that my car doesn't exist. The local dealer's parts department was also confused because bits of my car don't agree with his parts layouts. In addition, the front brakes are bigger than they're supposed to be and use pads from a 98 E Class. It's a 1997/98 C220 Diesel. It hasn't got a turbo and has the 5 speed electronic auto box. I've had it for four years and it's done 213,000 miles. The engine / gearbox are as good as new. From information I've gained, the engine is a 16 valve twin overhead cam diesel which uses the same block and head as the 220 petrol and spins up to 5400rpm. (My little TDI Polo runs out of steam at 4000). The handbook says it has 95bhp and 111pounds feet of torque, but I've driven a non turbo 250 diesel which has more bhp and torque and it's a lot slower off the mark than mine. Mine has a performance more in line with the 250 turbo diesel, as I can easily keep up with one I see every day on the way to work. You can tell the 250 TD is working really hard because of the amount of smoke it produces.

The VIN Nr is W202 121 ******** . Does anyone know what I'm driving? I'd be interested to know!

Thank you.

Willie
 
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So now I know what I'm driving....

Thank you very much guys! I'm glad that I'm not driving a figment of my imagination.

Now can anyone tell me why it feels so fast? I can accept that it might be a bit faster than an 8 valve 250 diesel, but why on earth can it go like it does, and with relatively little throttle, or effort. It really does drive like a petrol, but with torque at the bottom end. I saw the 250 turbodiesel again this morning and decided to floor it, to see what it would do against the turbo and it just flew from 70 up to 100 with almost no smoke. The turbo looked like it was auditioning for the red arrows with the amount of smoke it produced.

I've also driven a 220 CDI and I was surprised that mine wasn't noticeably slower, but the CDI had massive turbo lag in slower traffic and mine doesn't. (No turbo). Just as an aside, I get 40 - 43mpg day to day and over 45mpg on the motorway. I've had 48mpg by keeping it to 60 in cruise. Best cat I've ever had!

So why, if they managed to produce a diesel that acts like its a petrol, didn't MB stick with a winning engine? Am I missing something?

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I know owners of diesel car who would never swap their engine for a turbo ,,I have been in a good 210 that really shifts
 

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