Correct battery for 230TE

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Correct battery for 230TE

Post by c124 » Thu 29 Nov, 2018 10:03 pm

Hi All

I’m currently working my way through electrical issues with my ‘new to me’ 230TE.

I’ve not been able to find a reliable online source of information on what the correct battery is for the car.

Could I please ask for your help on size and recommendations.

c124

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Re: Correct battery for 230TE

Post by mathuisella » Fri 30 Nov, 2018 9:06 am

Always go for the largest battery you can, that being said the petrol cars don't need as much grunt to turn them over as the diesels, but i rather spend a touch more and get something that will get things going in the dead coldest winter than not...


The largest battery that will fit in the W123 battery tray is the DIN88 size and I've used these in all my W123 cars, 240D, 280E, 300D and 300DT. It fits without complication and the tray was made for them, the standard clamps work perfectly :)

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Re: Correct battery for 230TE

Post by John Green » Fri 30 Nov, 2018 10:14 am

mathuisella wrote:
Fri 30 Nov, 2018 9:06 am
Always go for the largest battery you can, that being said the petrol cars don't need as much grunt to turn them over as the diesels, but i rather spend a touch more and get something that will get things going in the dead coldest winter than not...


The largest battery that will fit in the W123 battery tray is the DIN88 size and I've used these in all my W123 cars, 240D, 280E, 300D and 300DT. It fits without complication and the tray was made for them, the standard clamps work perfectly :)
Most 230E"s have the smaller battery tray so the DIN88 is a no go. If this is the case you will need a DIN65 battery. It is critical that you buy a "recessed post" style battery as the ones with the terminals that stick out of the top of the battery can earth put against the bonnet in the case of an accident.
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Re: Correct battery for 230TE

Post by mathuisella » Fri 30 Nov, 2018 3:27 pm

John Green wrote:
Fri 30 Nov, 2018 10:14 am
mathuisella wrote:
Fri 30 Nov, 2018 9:06 am
Always go for the largest battery you can, that being said the petrol cars don't need as much grunt to turn them over as the diesels, but i rather spend a touch more and get something that will get things going in the dead coldest winter than not...


The largest battery that will fit in the W123 battery tray is the DIN88 size and I've used these in all my W123 cars, 240D, 280E, 300D and 300DT. It fits without complication and the tray was made for them, the standard clamps work perfectly :)
Most 230E"s have the smaller battery tray so the DIN88 is a no go. If this is the case you will need a DIN65 battery. It is critical that you buy a "recessed post" style battery as the ones with the terminals that stick out of the top of the battery can earth put against the bonnet in the case of an accident.

Ah, i thought it was a universal battery tray across all models in the w123 chassis.

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Re: Correct battery for 230TE

Post by c124 » Sun 02 Dec, 2018 3:03 pm

Thank you both for your help. I have the smaller battery tray, so the DIN65 is a perfect fit. Ended up with a Delkor battery.

As the previous owner had a smaller battery, I’m now on the hunt for the original style battery clamp.

Please let me know if anyone has one of these lying around to sell.

Thanks again for your help
c124

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