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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:44 AM
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Dating your 200tdi

No this is not about a romance between man and machine

I was rebuilding my turbo and noticed that the oil drain pipe has a factory ident stamp. The date of manufacture is shown below.

Assuming that your engine was pulled whole and the oil drain pipe is original (most likely it is, as this part never wears) then it may be a pretty good indicator of when your engine was built.

Anyone else have a better way of dating your 200tdi?
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Old December 15th, 2015, 09:53 AM
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my turbo had a date tag too.

my drain hose isn't original.

Also, the later engines had a different breather setup.

Other components may also have date codes. Sometimes the castings do too.

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No this is not about a romance between man and machine

I was rebuilding my turbo and noticed that the oil drain pipe has a factory ident stamp. The date of manufacture is shown below.

Assuming that your engine was pulled whole and the oil drain pipe is original (most likely it is, as this part never wears) then it may be a pretty good indicator of when your engine was built.

Anyone else have a better way of dating your 200tdi?
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