Question by Steve: Are the 190E models worth it?
I have always loved the compact looks of the 190 E model and have always thought of buying a 2.6 model when I have the money. The only thing is it seems like the 190E seems to be swept under the rug in people’s collective memory of the brand for some reason. I see more 240 and 300Ds on the streets that are at least a decade older than most 190E’s so was there some bad omen about the 190E that makes them not as loved as other old Benzes?
Oh, good. I want to get an ’87 model or later because they started putting the 2.6 6 cyl in them from ’87 until the end in ’93
Answer by M K
My wife drives a 1984 190E and she doesn’t want another car! She loves it.
This 23(!) year old car still runs and looks great (but I always took good care of it – oil changes, all services were done on time, etc.) We never had any serious problems with it.
It’s a neat little car. Go for it, but, as with any used car, have it checked by a trusted Mercedes mechanic before you buy. If a seller doesn’t want you to take the car to YOUR mechanic, you do not want to buy this car.
I agree with Jay, a 4-cylinder 190E is not very fast, but what about a 2.3 190E 16-valve? This one is a “pocket rocket” and it’s still a 190E…
As for 190E being the worst Mercedes ever built, maybe it is, but a worst Mercedes is better than the best Ford (my own opinion based on being an owner of an 84′ 190E, which still runs strong and has been a very reliable car.)
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