I just wanted to say thanks!
I went and looked at the 86 190e 2.3 again, and they did take my offer of
$1500. A few things that I didn't notice on my first drive:
*Water temp reached 100 degrees celsius, I don't know if it would have
gotten hotter or not.
*When sitting at a stop light in D, the engine would hunt up a few hundred
RPMs and the car would want to surge ahead with it. When cold, it was a
little rough at idle, but not too bad.
*I could sometimes hear a grinding sound from the font brakes when stopping.
*A few times I thought I heard some noise, like wheel bearings, when making
turns. I did a few 360s in a parking lot and didn't hear anything later
during the test drive.
I talk to my mechanic and he said they were pretty good cars and I couldn't
go wrong for $1500, I agree. But now that I found this 87 190e 2.6 for
$2000 with a new head gasket, water pump, chain tensioners...i'm tempted to
pay a little more, don't you agree?