Much of it is milage dependent.
Rust at the jack points
Rust due to failed trunk or door seals
Age of rubber parts in suspension, including motor mounts, flex discs, ball
joints, tie rods
Timing chain tensioner
Serpentine Belt and tensioner
I agree, they spell TROUBLE.
If the air doesn't work properly for example, that might cost you in the
thousands, to fix.
I owned one of those 190E's w/2.3 ltr. engines, and was ever so glad to get
rid of it.
Try and get a 190E with the 2.6 engine at least, or buy a 300E.
Remember, you get what you pay for.....
Well I for one strongly disagree. I bought one in the fall and its performing
very well. No complaints at all. It's a '93 2.3 basic model. heat works
just fine and the AC -converted to R134- seems to work just fine too ...
until some woman backed into me a couple of weeks ago with her 4WD gigantic
Ford Truck ....why do they drive these Farm vehicles in the city? I believe
the real question you need to ask yourself is : who drove it before. You
do need records to verify maintenance. So if it's an auction car.... you
are on your own. re the car itself if properly maintained, I couldn't be
happier and I plan to give it to my 20 year old daughter to drive since I
think it is that foolproof. Now, if I could only figure out why people steal
the star emblem front and back ..... bastards!
- regards, guenter
Any car, even a McLaren SLR, can be a headache if it wasn't maintained, so
it's not so much the W201's design (not saying there aren't faults) as it is
the care and attention that the car got during it's previous years.
Considering the current prices, the W201 can be quite a bargin if carefully
inspected before purchase. Try parking most other Mercedes in a "compact
car" parking space, the 190E fits with room to spare!
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