As posted below, I test drive a 86 190e 2.3 yesterday. Now that I think
about it, I don't recall the car starting out of first unless I pushed the
pedal all the way down to the kick down spot. Does this have the winter
mode that it could have been in, or some simple reason why it didn't do
this, or could there be transmission issues?
Oops, no not manually upshifting it...just during normal driving in the D
mode. Our E320 has the W and S modes next to the shifter and W starts it
out of 2nd, so I thought even though I didn't see this feature on the 190,
maybe it or something like it was turned on and I didn't notice, or the
tranny has issues?
Normal. There's a kickdown switch under the accelerator for first gear
start. Otherwise it will start in 2nd. The goal of the design was to save
fuel. Maybe not a bad thing with gas prices like they are.
By the way, I saw on one of your posts that you read a 0-60 time for the 2.3
8-valve of 7.8 seconds? I don't think so. That was the measured 0-60 time
for the 2.3-16 in Road and Track in 1986. Car & Driver got 7.3 with my car.
The 8-valve will be lucky to hit 60 in under 10 seconds.
The 2.3 you're looking at looks pretty dubious to me, with no records,
several known problems, and rust issues. I'd walk away from that one at any
price. The 2.6 you mentioned looks like it would be worth looking into, but
don't fall in love until you have it thoroughly checked out. If it's solid,
it could be a very nice highway cruiser. The only tip that something could
be wrong is the price, but hey - maybe you got lucky.
1986 190e 2.3-16
first 16V in the US
featured in Car & Driver, March 1986
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