Actually I like the 4 cylinder better... The 6 has chronic head gasket
problems and is awfully large in the engine compartment of such a small
car. The 4 is a a but gutless, but more efficient, easier to work
on, and mine runs great :~)
Climate control issues, front suspension issues,
The six cylinder wasn't available in the 190E until 1986, and at that time
it was an option. The 2.6 wasn't an official model till the next year,
1987. The chassis was originally designed for the 4 cylinder and it's quite
adequate for the car. The six is smoother on the highway.
My wife had an 87 190E2.3 4 banger and loved it, and it was peppy enough fo
rme. The problems we had were, idler pulley, valve seals, AC, and a couple
of pwer windows. If it had a 6 in it I don't know how you'd have space to
work on it. But I don't know how close an 87 is to an 85.
<han firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
My 1986 is an auto.
The engine runs great (head was redone at 75K miles). I have done the
following all at 110Kmiles.
Serpentine belt tensioner
Door detent replacement (rear)
Sunroof drive cable
Also the car needs a new valve cover gasket, and there is a small crack
in the thermostat housing (I can see a drop of AF there).
I probably need to do some front suspension stuff too pretty soon as I
do get a clunk from the front end when going over certain bumps...
Over all I remain very happy with the car. It's comfortable, a great
highway cruiser and good on gas compared to previous Muscle car.
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