the 190E is an excellent car, by far the best i have owned. i have a 1992
model; just this week been to southern france and back - 1800 miles and it
never missed a beat. it will cruise all day at high speed and return very
reasonable gas mileage. the great thing with these cars is that if they are
maintained correctly, you *know* they willl never let you down. and like
the other poster said, they are so well designed and made that they drive
like many new cars. in fact better. if the car you are considering buying
is at a good price, then i'd say go for it.
I owned an off-lease '93 190E 2.6 for about 6 years. Unfortunately I wasn't
too diligent at checking the car out before buying the vehicle cause the
previous owners literally broke numerous things. However, once I fixed the
majority of the problems the car was a real pleasure to use. I ended up
purchasing a Jeep Grand Cherokee after getting rid of the Benz mainly
because I needed a 4x4 and more room, but there are many times I wish I
still had it cause I loved having a Benz.
Here's the good things I liked:
Relatively quiet when driving even with the sunroof opened. Compact size for
city parking (a must!). The car was solid. The TexMex seats (that's what I
called their fake leather) was actually quite comfortable and durable and
after hours of sitting in the seat driving I never got out with an aching
back....ever. The engine remained solid after 120k miles.
The bad things:
The steering wheel didn't telescope or tilt, thus making you drop the seat
down to where you felt you were sitting near the floor so the wheel didn't
touch my leg. The front star got stolen 3 times so I had to replace it. The
air conditioning was never really cold even after the entire unit was
replaced (the old Mercedes way). The back seat really didn't have a whole
lot of room though I did fit 3 adults back there. The fake leather started
peeling and buckling from the doors. The cassette holder, though very
convenient, broke and one of the doors remained open until I finally got
around to fixing it (a new one was $120 without installation). The stereo
sucked and you can't really put a subwoofer in the trunk cause the gas tank
absorbs all the bass.
As you can see there were more bad things than good, but to tell you the
truth, I liked the 190E. If I had a choice, though, I'd go for the 300E
instead. You'll hate the back seat of the 190E if you have kids or carry
passengers. Take it from me, the 300E is an infinitely better car in a lot
of ways. Plus you won't get the feeling that you've been cheated each time
you read a message from someone that says "oh, the 190E isn't a real 'benz"
or "if you see it, run. It's so unreliable."
I agree with Nathan, get a 300e. I had an '84 190, great car, never a
problem. That's why I got a '91 300e. It's twice the car the 190 was.
That's probably why it costs twice as much. :) I have 160,000 miles on the
300e and it still drives like a new car with very few problems.
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