Is this simply on your paperwork, or is the car actually badged as a 190LE?
On the 190 badge, the "E" indicated Einspritz (sic?) which is the German
word for fuel injection, meaning that it is a gasoline powered fuel-injected
engine (as opposed to diesel). An "L" on the badge generally stands for
"licht", which is the German word for "light" as in "sporty". I don't
recall any 190LE model, but that doesn't mean it did not exist. Also keep
in mind that MBZ has some "internal" nomenclature for their models that does
not necessarily translate into the same thing as the badge model. For
example, the current model C230-Kompressor is internally referred to as a
C230WZ. The "W" indicates it is a "wagen" which is the German word for
"car" or "sedan", as opposed to a coupe (C), a cabriolet-style convertible
(A), a roadster (R), a station wagon (S) or a long-wheelbase sedan (V). I
am not sure about the "Z" nomenclature, but I believe it has to do with it
being a "sport" model.
Engine 2.3 gas or 2.6 gas?
For both there were L imited E ditions in the US
for the 1993 modelyear:
Juergen - 240D AMG (A lways M ighty G ood)
It's on a 2 litre petrol/gas saloon. I have seen similar models with a the
LE badge on it, but there is no badge at all on mine.
It does have alloy wheels, armrest, rear head-restraints, a little bit of
wood trim, etc. But I don't know if these were just accessories, or even if
the LE was just a package with extras thrown in. However, it looks like it
has a lowered suspension, and the saleslady did mention sports suspension
(at least I think she did, but it was some years ago now.)
Many thanks for your replies. Would appreciate any more.
As I recall, E= Fuel injected gasoline, from the german word for
injected, which starts with E
L= Long wheel base, from german word for long
I'd have to disagree with an earlier poster that said L is for
light/sporty. Hard to reconcile that with models like 500SEL which
were the flaghship of the line and certainly not light.
On 18 Dec 2004 07:51:55 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The L for "light" (sporty) applies to the SL class. L after an E is
for Long wheelbase. With the L before the E on this model, i don't see
it meaning Longwheelbase at all/ For fuel injected and long wheelbase
it would have been a "190 EL".
You are correct Mark, but in addition MB did/does this to get rid of parts and
vehicle inventory by packing in lots of accessories that are normally extra
cost. The "NEW" C-class was to arrive and 190 was selling slow. MB did the
same by offering a LE on the 95 E-class when the redesigned 96 E-class was to
debut in early 1995, and in 99 for the S-class with the "GRAND" editions before
the redesigned 2000 S-class arrived.
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