Last week we showed you the more typical level of attention to detail associated with interesting engine swaps; this YJ Wrangler with a 3.0l Mercedes turbodiesel represents the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s restrained, clean and potentially incredibly useful in daily driving. Since Jeep seems determined to forever tease us about a diesel Wrangler, this seller built his own.
Based on the description 3.0L, turbo and five cylinders, it’s likely an OM617 making somewhere in the neighborhood of 125hp and 170 ft-lb. Not going to counter-rotate the earth any time soon, but still better stats than the four cylinder AMC motor that so many YJs came with. While we’re a bit skeptical of the seller’s 40mpg claim, there’s no reason to doubt this could be the most efficient Wrangler this side of an air-drop. The searing question on my mind is what’s downstream of that motor. Either someone fab’ed a crazy adapter between the MB powerplant and Jeep Aisin transmission or it’s got the trans and transfer case out of an OM617 powered G Wagen.
Thanks to user Jeepster for the find via last week’s Craigslist Crapshoot